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  • Leslie "Neil" Taylor
    Leslie “Neill” Taylor, 89, of Mounds, passed away peacefully in his sleep the morning of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 at his home.

    Born Leslie McNeill Taylor on Aug. 22, 1927 he was one of three sons of J. Curtis and Fern Marie (McNeill) Taylor.

    Neill was a licensed funeral director and embalmer for 25 years, having worked at the former Ryan Funeral Home in Mounds. He was owner and operator of Taylor Lumber in Mounds until his retirement in 1998. He built many homes in the newer part of Mounds, including his own, where he lived for over 60 years. He had also worked as a part time mail carrier. In his words, he could “deliver your house plans in the mail, sell you the lumber for it, build it for you, then bury you.”

    He was always active in the Mounds community, being a member of First United Methodist Church, where he served in numerous capacities. He golfed for many years at Egyptian Country Club, was a member of the Cairo Elks, and was an avid dancer and belonged to many dance clubs.

    He served over 60 years on the Mounds Public Library Board. For many years he and his wife Jeanne read and entertained the children at Mounds Head Start and got many of them familiar with using the library.

    Survivors include his wife, Carol “Jeanne” Taylor of Mounds; two daughters, Leslie (Robert) McMillan of Rock Springs, Wyoming and Terri (Reece) Leray of Cape Girardeau; sister-in-law, Alta Mae Taylor of Mounds; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Helen in 1990; and two brothers, Jack (Frances) Taylor and Donald Jean Taylor.

    Visitation was 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 22 at First United Methodist Church in Mounds, where funeral services followed at 1 p.m. with Rev. Doug Atkins officiating. Interment with military honors will follow at Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds.

    Memorials may be made to the Mounds Public Library. Envelopes were available at the church.

    Crain Funeral Home of Cairo is in charge of arrangements.

    To view the full obituary or to leave an online condolence for the family visit

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