Mr. Jesse Albert Taylor, age 82, of Vidalia, Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at Meadows Health in Vidalia after a brief illness. He was a native of Hardee County, Florida and was a 1957 graduate of Hardee High School in Wauchula, Florida. He was a 1974 graduate of Polk Vocational Technical School as an electrician, and worked as a truck driver for many years at Rawls Trucking Company. He lived in Wauchula until moving to Vidalia in 2016, attended Vidalia Church of God, and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member and secretary of Experimental Airplane Association for twenty-five years, and Integral volunteer leader in Lakeland, Florida Fly-In for many years. Though it was not completed, he started building his own experimental plane. He was a machinist and would even make his own machines when necessary. He is preceded in death by his parents, Odell Taylor, Sr. and Ethel Joiner Taylor; and sister, Jewell Mitchell.
Survivors include two children, Angela Taylor Beasley and husband Dwayne of Vidalia, and Michael Darian Taylor and wife JoAnn of Alston; two brothers, Odell Taylor, Jr. and Rick Taylor, both of Wauchula; four grandchildren, Asbel Beasley and wife Katie, Shyashton Cartrette and husband Shawn, all of Vidalia, Tracy Taylor, (USN) of Pensacola, Florida, and Alexys Beasley of Vidalia; four great-grandchildren, Kamden and Micah Beasley, and Legacy and Jonathan Cartrette; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 10:00 until just prior to the service.
The funeral service will be Saturday, February 20th, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home with Pastor Wayne Merritt officiating. Burial will follow in the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Meadows Cancer Center, 1 Meadows Parkway, Vidalia, GA 30474.
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