Wesley Dean Taylor transitioned from his earthly home to his heavenly home Saturday January
28,2023 to be blessed with peace and to rest comfortably with The Lord. Wesley was born December
5,1992 and was the second child of Robert and Sherell Taylor. He was a proud resident of the Akron
community, attending his school years at St. Anthony of Padua and Firestone High School. His
charismatic character caused him to be every teacher’s “favorite student”. He excelled academically
early on in his schooling, leading him to several honors acknowledging his advanced skills. A cherished
award includes successfully completing the Akron Public School’s Fireman/ EMT vocational program
which allowed him to attend The University of Akron. After graduating from Firestone High School,
Wesley became a dedicated construction worker. His commitment to working construction allowed him
to travel to various places including his favorite, Crystal River Florida in which he lived briefly.
Additionally to working construction, Wesley developed a strong passion for cooking. He would
frequently remind those around him that his love language was cooking for those he loved. As an
aspiring chef, he worked within the food service industry; The McDonald’s Franchise being amongst his
well known. Affectionately referred to as, “Chef Wes”, both management and crew workers described
him as an integral part of the team who always appeared to brighten every shift with his radiant smile
and joking personality (which made long shifts easy to get through). Although Wesley took much pride
in working construction and within the food industry, his most admirable job was being a beloved
father. He was so very proud to be an active dad; so much that he always wore a chain necklace
engraved “Dad” around his neck signifying that his sons are always with him and close to his heart.
While known for his radiant smile, active role as a father, and love/endearment for the Dallas
Cowboys, it is most important to note that Wesley was a faithful child of God. Wesley knew and loved
The Lord very early on in life. He was first baptized at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, and first
received Christ at 8 years old (First Holy Communion).
Although grateful for his time spent at St.Anthony Church, Wesley found his church home in Mount Calvary Baptist Church. He was a very loved and respected member of Mount Calvary, and amongst one of the favorite “Calvary Kids”. Wesley made the decision as an adult to rededicate his life and accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior by being baptized a second time at Mount Calvary. He would frequently make it known that no matter where he was in life or whatever decisions he made, God was always deep within him and his source to get him through. Many advocate that Wesley was adorn for his charm and ability to make anyone laugh. He had a gift for making those around him feel special. His compassionate and caring soul was proof of his faith. We were all very proud of Wesley and his accomplishments. He will forever be remembered as a
selfless gentle soul who cared deeply for those who crossed his path.
Wesley is preceded in death by his grandmother Phyllis “Granny-Girl” Perkins; Grandfather
Shadie Taylor Sr. ; Step grandma Bonnie Heard; Godfather and Great Uncle Lynelle Dixson. He leaves to
cherish his memory, sons Sean Wesley Taylor and Eli Haramis of Akron, OH; Parents Robert and Sherell
Taylor of Akron, OH; sister Whitney (Kelvin) Malone of Green, OH; Grandmother Dorothy Taylor of
Akron, OH; Grandfather Fulton Heard Jr. of Akron, OH; Soon-to-be-born nephew “Baby Malone”; loving
girlfriend Gretchen Leiss, lifelong best friends Detroit Brown-Yates, Roscoe Gaines, and Greg Cook; and a
host of aunts, uncles, cousins, family, and friends.