Karl; Sharon and Justin Taylor; and Colleen Taylor and Family - There are no words that can comfort and take away the pain you are feeling right now. Just know that each and every one reading this can feel sadness for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. God Bless and comfort you.
 Email received from Sharon D Taylor (tsd3@qwest.net) Monday, October 9, 2006

Dear Golden,

Tragedy has recently struck our family very hard. We are the descendents of Rosa Belle Byrd and James Buchanan Hollon. Rosa Belle Byrd was the daughter of Mary Ann and William Russell Byrd. Mary Ann was the daughter of J. B. Stamper.

Could you please put this information on your website and let our Stamper kin know? We sure need the prayers. Death has come to this family twice in less than a month. In my next email to you, I will send information about the second loss.

Thank you,

Sharon, Karl and Justin 

 A Moving Tribute to Dennis Carl O'Connor
Dennis Carl O'Connor 
 Dennis Carl O'Connor. Family and friends are invited to his visitation at 5:00 p.m, Friday, September 15, 2006 at Best Funeral Services, 9380 W. Peoria Avenue, Peoria, where a Memorial Service will follow at 5:30 pm. Doc, co-founder of the Unidos Motorcycle Club, will be officiating. After the Memorial Service, a celebration of Dennis O'Connor's life will be held at the Ant Hill Bar and Grill, 6522 N. 59th Avenue, Phoenix. Dennis O'Connor passed away on Friday, September 08, 2006. He was born November 26, 1945 to Lawrence and LaVerne Bach O'Connor in Galveston, Texas, the oldest of two brothers. Survivors include his step-father, John Glaser; his brother John T. (Karen) O'Connor, one daughter Colleen Taylor and five sons: Shawn (Mary) O'Connor, Ryan (Michele) O'Connor, Colan (Jamie) O'Connor, Karl (Sharon) Taylor, and Raymond Taylor; twelve grandchildren with grandson on the way and three great-grandchildren with one on the way.

Published in The Arizona Republic from 9/13/2006 - 9/15/2006.
I was unable to 'save' the pictures included in the email. I will try again to get them included on this page. (GF) 

Dear Goldie and Stamper Kin,

It is with a very heavy heart that I must write this. Last January, Colleen’s son, Geoffrey, began experiencing seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy.

Mama Colleen gives her newborn son, Geoffrey Brent Taylor, a kiss. Geoffrey was born on February 10, 1988. (Picture missing)

Physicians had tried many different drug regimens to try and bring the seizures under control. Recently, Geoffrey was taking up to 6 pills per day. He was due for another doctor’s appointment to try yet another regimen.

Baby Geoffrey (Picture missing)

Mother and Son cuddling at Christmas time (Picture missing)

Geoffrey (Picture missing)

A few months ago, Geoffrey was in a car accident, due to a seizure that occurred while he was driving. The car was totaled, but he came through it without injury. A couple of weeks ago, he had a seizure that caused him to fall onto a sidewalk and get some scrapes.

Cousins Geoffrey and Justin Taylor, at the Biltmore in Phoenix, December 1994. Justin is our son. (Picture missing)

Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2003, at Shawn O'Connor's house, Geoffrey holding his baby cousin, Tuesday Kayla Rose O'Connor. (Picture missing)

Late Monday night, October 2, Geoffrey was at a friend’s house. He thought it would be nice to drive to McDonald’s and pick up a snack. Along the way, a seizure struck. The car drifted to the side of the road. Good Samaritans called 911. The paramedics found Geoffrey slumped over the steering wheel. While checking him over, they found no heartbeat or breathing. They did their best to revive him and were able to bring him to St. Joseph’s hospital alive, but just barely. The seizure had caused Geoffrey’s heart to stop beating. No one knows exactly how long he went without a heartbeat.

Located at St. Joseph’s hospital is Barrow’s Neurological Institute. It is one of the very best Neurosciences Centers in the country. They went right to work, running many tests to determine Geoffrey’s diagnoses and prognoses. Finally, at about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon, they came to their conclusion. Geoffrey had passed away.

He didn’t suffer. When the seizure started, he simply went to sleep and never woke up. The date of death is October 3, 2006. He was 18 years old.

As a young adult, Geoffrey made two decisions. One was that he wanted to be a musician. He was a talented guitarist and singer. He gathered together other young musicians and formed a band. Occasionally, they performed.

The other decision he made was to be an organ donor. Colleen was with him when he got his driver’s license and watched him place his wishes on the license. He explained to his mother that if anything were to happen to him, he wanted to save lives. That was about two years ago and he never wavered in this decision.

Preparations were made to honor his wishes. Geoffrey’s many friends and family, all who love him and will miss him so much, (myself included) took turns saying farewell as he lay in the ICU.

Now, many lives will be saved. While that is comforting to know, we still have the task of coping with this. As a family, we are still hurting from Dad O’Connor’s passing less than 4 weeks ago. Colleen is shattered.

Of the eight grandchildren of the family of Raymond and Edith Taylor, this is the second one to pass away. The first was Joshua Beckham Taylor, who was stillborn. Both were born to Colleen.

Taken in September 2005, at his Uncle Colan’s wedding. (Picture missing)

I don’t think we can take anymore. Please keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers.

Family Always,
Sharon, Karl and Justin Taylor

P.S. here is Dad’s death certificate (Picture missing) 

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