Leonard Lee “Poppy” Taylor

Leonard Lee “Poppy” Taylor

Montcalm, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Death 2 Feb 1984 (aged 88)
Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Burial Princeton, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 59169024 · View Source
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Deep Appreciation to Mr. Bowen & Mr. Kinyon for the creation of this memorial.

Leonard Lee Taylor, the only Husband of Violet J. Rose Taylor. Resident of Mercer county for life. Born to James Wesley Taylor and Mary Virginia (Bailey) Taylor, he lived beside them until after they both passed away. Through his maternal line, he was a descendant of the original settlers of the community. He was brother to Albert, Oliver, James, Raymond, Virgie, Mary and Virginia. He lost much to the mines, including family members and his own health. His marriage to Violet Rose in 1919 was the beginning of a large family, some of them still live in Mercer county. Those who moved away would usually stay with Violet and Leonard at their home in Montcalm, on return visits home. He was a member of Knights of Pythias and the First Christian Church of Montcalm, and kept his bible next to his armchair. He turned his television on only for the news or the Grand Ole Opry, as we remember. He kept his home, yard, tools, sheds , garden and animals in good order. He built their homes, sheds, barns, and animal pens with the help of his sons. Leonard never owned an automobile. He enjoyed hearing about the places where his relatives went, but never indicated that he cared to be anywhere else. They walked throughout the community. He would sometimes ride within the county with others, this was not often & Thorn Hill was a long trip for him! The death of his first wife, son, and several premature children, along with the Depression - made his smile appear less often. Five sons and two daughters died before him. He outlived some of his grandchildren, and Violet. The father and grandfather of veterans, we owe him much.

Cravens-Shires Chapel of Bluewell and the Reverands Paul Watkins and Frank Watkins, Jr. provided service for Leonard.
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[Note: There was another Leonard Taylor living in the community - Leonard and Violet were constantly explaining that he was not "that other Leonard."]

Mrs. Lillian Taylor Minnix and Mrs. Gladys Taylor Hager, both resting at Roselawn with their respective husbands were his daughters. Daughter Mrs. Ila Taylor Rhoden, without husbands, rests with her parents at Roselawn. Ralph Jennings Taylor, Myrtle Irene Taylor, and Donald Carl Taylor, all died as infants and are buried with their grandparents (at the James Taylor homeplace at Montcalm) in unmarked graves. Thier brother, young Earl Clyde Taylor, who died at 8 years from whooping cough; is also buried there, as is Claude Allen Taylor, who lived only a few months.

Thanks to the creator of this memorial for transferring, we sincerely appreciate this graciousness.
Bio text, and the text on memorial of his wife - by "aye ain't".


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  • Maintained by: aye ain't
  • Originally Created by: kenneth bowen
  • Added: 25 Sep 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 59169024
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Leonard Lee “Poppy” Taylor (25 Jan 1896–2 Feb 1984), Find a Grave Memorial no. 59169024, citing Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, Mercer County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by aye ain't (contributor 47409320) .