WELLSVILLE - Jay L. Taggart, 77, formerly of Wellsville, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at East Ohio Regional Hospital in Martins Ferry, Ohio. He was born in Wellsville, on Oct. 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 Aug. 13, 1960
Jay L. Taggart
He is survived by a son; Jason D. Taggart and his wife Jennifer of Galesferry, Conn.; three daughters; Candy S. Arnold and her husband Matthew of Belmont, Ohio; Sherry Lynn Williamson and her husband Jay of Wellsville; and Dawn R. Van-Nice and her husband Doug of River Oaks, Texas; three sisters; Bonnie Snyder of Steubenville; Linda Thoburn and her husband Bill of Chester; and Robbie Downard and her husband Paul of Irondale; a brother-in-law; Bob Snyder of Toronto; 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 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at the Wellsville Chapel of Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes, 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 from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 at the Wellsville Chapel.
Family and friends may view this obituary, sign the guest book or send condolences online at www.altmeyer.com