Jay L. Taggart

October 6, 1936 - December 26, 2013

10/06/1936 - 12/26/2013

Jay L. Taggart, 77, formerly of Wellsville, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, December 26, 2013 at East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, Ohio. He was born in Wellsville, Ohio on October 6, 1936, a son to the late Toddy Taggart and Naomi Faloon Taggart-Wilson.

Mr. Taggart lived most of his life in this area working as a rigger for Weirton Steel for 30 years before retiring in 2000. He was a paratrooper for the United States Army during the Korean War. He enjoyed being in the outdoors, hunting, and fishing.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Joyce A. Purinton Taggart whom he married on August 13, 1960

He is survived by a son; Jason D. Taggart and his wife Jennifer of Galesferry, CT, three daughters; Candy S. Arnold and her husband Matthew of Belmont, OH, Sherry Lynn Williamson and her husband Jay of Wellsville, OH and Dawn R. Van-Nice and her husband Doug of River Oaks, TX, three sisters; Bonnie Snyder of Steubenville, OH and Linda Thoburn and her husband Bill of Chester, WV, and Robbie Downard and her husband Paul of Irondale, OH, a brother-in-law; Bob Snyder of Toronto, OH, ; grandchildren; Bobby Ney, Cory Williamson, Kayla Kidd, Ashlynne Taggart and Addison Grace Taggart, great grandchildren; Aaliyah Ann Kidd, Sutton Grace Kidd and Emelia Joyce Ney.

Services will be held at the Wellsville Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes Monday, December 30, 2013 at 11 AM with Pastor Mark Blakely of First Christian Church in Wellsville officiating.

Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Family will be present to receive friends at the Wellsville Chapel, Sunday, December 29, 2013 from 2 to 6 PM.

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Michelle Groninger
7 years ago


Mike told me of your loss and I wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope that beautiful memories of your brother will help to ease the pain of your loss.

Love, Michelle

Candy and Matt arnold
7 years ago

Dad, we miss you already. We love you.

Iris Craig
7 years ago

Dear Bonnie, Our deepest sympathy

Iris Craig

Lorena Mercer

7 years ago

Divorce does not take the UNCLE away, just a marriage. If I ever found you I do not remember. Always loved you. Have not seen you since I was a child. Just memories. God needed you more than us. No heart transplant for me so one day we shall meet again. God Bless the Family always

bob ney
7 years ago

Jay was a wonderful kind man. I know he will be so missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob, Bob and Dorothy Ney, Emmy Lou and Rick and family

Suzy and Patrick
7 years ago

May our friend Jay rest in peace. It was a true pleasure to know him.

Cheryl J Skinner, Patriot Guard
7 years ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Jay L. Taggart, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your work on earth is done. I thank you for your service and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

Jay L. Taggart, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

robert taggart
7 years ago

our deepest sympathy goes out to

the taggart family. jay will be sadly missed.

Robert & Barbara taggart & family

Mike and Cathleen Emmerling
7 years ago

Our hearts are heavy after hearing about your Fathers passing. We pray for your continued strength during this trying time.

With Deepest Sympathies,

Mike and Cathleen

pete&ruthie taggart
7 years ago

rip little jay.god bless you and your family. pete&ruthie taggart

Cindi Whiteman
7 years ago

Sherry, Jay, and Cory,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that my prayers are with you all.

Sue & Randy Faloon
7 years ago

So Sorry to here about Jay’s passing. May the Lord be with you all at this time.

Bonnie Gordon
7 years ago

To Jay’s Family

So sorry for your loss Jay was a great person. I will miss him very much. Thoughts and prayers going out to you. I want to thank Candy and Matt for the up most respect I hope I can find another family like you too! Take care and I hope to see you again.

Chaplain Jim Smith
7 years ago

To Linda and the family of Jay..

My deepest condolences during this difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God’s peace surround you and comfort you all. Chaplain Jim and Kit Smith

Cathy & Bill Burgess
7 years ago

We are sorry for your loss. Jay will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.

The Allton Family
7 years ago

We are very sorry for your loss. Jay was a great man and he will be missed.

Scott & Suzann Glover
7 years ago

We were so sorry to hear about Jay’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this most difficult time.