Obituary: Willard Dempsy Kaylor

March 22, 1930 to January 11, 2022

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, Mr. Willard Kaylor launched his final pirogue into the lake within the heavens. He was an avid fisherman and outdoorsman who spent his entire life within the woods of Webster Parish. He could tie a net better than anyone. He loved the outdoors and was a model example of a steward of this earth. He rarely met a stranger in the woods and had one of the straightest moral compasses a man could possess. He was a kind, loving family man that doted on his children and grandchildren to the best of his abilities during his life. Up until an auto accident in 2019, you couldn’t keep him from the woods, and he was as light-footed as any young man.

Mr. Kaylor served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and was awarded medals for his service. Though he rarely talked about the war during life, he had many colorful stories he could tell.

Willard was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Cleveland, Kaylor and Erah Pearl Martin and all six of his siblings. He joined the love of his life in heaven, Marie Kaylor, whom he married in 1955 and doted on for 32 years prior to her passing.

He is survived by his three children, Steve and wife Janice, Linda and husband David Oliver, Bill and wife MaryAnn. He had five grandchildren, Stephanie (Jimes) and Jessica (Bird), Jonathan, Kelly (Martin), and Will Tolar. He was blessed with ten great grandchildren, as well as a slew of other young’uns he’d have happily called his own.

Willard Kaylor was loved by many and will be cherished by those left to remember him. There was hardly a day that went by he didn’t stop by the Feed Store for his morning chat, and quite often his out-of-town grandkids would find him there instead of home over the years. Those that knew him loved him, and will miss him terribly.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. January 12, 2022 at Cotton Valley Cemetery. In honor of Mr. Kaylor, the family would like to ask that you do an act of kindness to this world – plant a tree, throw out some acorns on the creekbank, pick up litter in the woods, take your family and have a picnic in nature – whatever Willard would have done himself.

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