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Benny Lee Taylor

June 27, 1948 — June 3, 2023

Las Vegas

On June 3, 2023, Benny Lee Taylor died in Henderson, Nevada. He was 74 years old. Benny is survived by his aunt Earlene Byrd of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; his sister/cousin, Ilene Jones of Cleveland, Ohio; his children, Charlisa Coleman of Lake Bluff, Illinois, Abeni Johnson of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Elijah (Airel) Garrett of Kenosha, Wisconsin; his siblings Sylvia (Albert) Thompson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Darlene Clinkscales of Racine, Wisconsin; his nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and several of his cousins and close friends. He was preceded in death by Lucille Clinkscales, Ethel Lean Rodgers, and the twins Shawn and Dawn Johnson. Benny was born on June 27, 1948 in Tupelo, Mississippi to Carrie Lee Taylor & Lucille Clinkscales. He graduated from John Adams High School in Cleveland, Ohio in 1966 and went on to serve in the U.S. Army. Shortly thereafter, he pursued his passion for singing as a way to uplift others. Whether touring locally, nationally or internationally, Per Mr. Benny Cherry, “I met Benny in 1992 when he came to Vegas with a group called Second Wind…He started singing with a group called Smoothe…Tribute to the Temptations… and then with one of The Platters groups. He performed with Touch of Silk on and off for about 12 years until his death.” Although he enjoyed singing, dancing, watching sports and playing bingo, Benny dedicated his life to Christ and was baptized at God’s House International Ministries on October 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Two memorial services for Benny Lee Taylor are scheduled. The first one will be held on June 17th at Coronado Drive Apartments in Henderson, Nevada. The latter one will be held in Waukegan, Illinois on July 15th.

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