OWENSBORO, Ky - James Arnold 'Shakey' Taylor, Jr., 70, of Owensboro, Ky passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at the Heartford House after a long battle with kidney failure and lung cancer. He was born in Daviess County to the late James A. Taylor, Sr. and Lola Louise Taylor.
Jim was a graduate of Owensboro High and attended the University of Ky. He played football at both schools. He also attended Castle Heights Military Academy and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brescia University.
For many years Jim managed the family tavern, B & B Tavern. He became a friend to many, including friendships with many nationally known musicians. Jim was instrumental in promoting and sharing their talent in the Owensboro area. Due to a back injury in the late 1980’s he began substitute teaching in the Owensboro City School System. It was here that Jim became the aid to Joseph Dominy. Jim taught Joseph about a life he would never know and Joseph taught Jim about true faith in God. Jim was of the Baptist faith.
He enjoyed playing cards, fishing and crossword puzzles. Jim also loved his pets, especially his cats, Skinny and Olivia. He was a wonderful companion, father and grandfather and enjoyed every minute he spent with his grandsons. Jim will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Ben Coakley Taylor.
Jim is survived by a companion of 30 years, Mary A. Green, a daughter, Heather Lee (fiancé, David Riney) of Owensboro; grandchildren, Hunter and Harrison Lee; a sister, Tonya Schaik (Tom) of Indianapolis, IN; step-daughter, Linda Green Ogle of Owensboro; step-grandsons, Parker Kelly and Garrett Ogle of Owensboro; a niece, Emily Kelly (Patrick); a nephew, Matthew Schaik (Rafaela); an aunt, Mayme (Freels) Weikel of Owensboro; and a former son-in-law, Jamie Lee of Owensboro.
A gathering of celebration will be held from 2 – 7 p.m. on Monday, February 10 at Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory.
The family wishes to offer a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staffs at the Heartford House and Davita Dialysis Center.
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