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Donna Rose Kaylor

February 10, 1956 ~ November 3, 2021 (age 65)


Donna Rose Kaylor, 65, a resident of Dayton, TN passed away suddenly on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. To say that Donna was an amazing, big-hearted woman, was an understatement. She LIVED and She LOVED with her whole heart. She LOVED God. She LOVED her mom. She LOVED...

Donna was born in Maryville, TN, February 10, 1956, with her twin sister Debbie. It was an exciting addition to the growing Kaylor family, who already had a young son. As the youngest (by 2 minutes), the twins made 3 for the Kaylors, until a few years later when their 4th and final child was born (a son). She always talked about her life with so much pride and would share moments of her life as a military brat and her life in Tiftonia, where she attended Lookout Valley High School, graduating in 1974! The Kaylors are from Dayton, TN originally and Donna settled there in her adult years. She was a cherished employee and friend of Dayton City School for the last years of her life.

Donna was preceded in death by her beloved father Estle M. Kaylor, Sr. and her beloved grandparents. She leaves behind her loving mom, Evelyn Rose Kaylor; her long-time love and beau, Dave Decker; her siblings (in order of birth), Samuel Ray Barley, Debra Wilson, and Estle Marvin Kaylor, Jr. She also leaves behind her 2 children (in order of birth), Dena Johnson and Jessica Bishop, as well as her grandson, Bryce King, that she raised with so much love.

Grandchildren left behind, in addition to Bryce, are Hayden Bishop, Gage Bishop and Jacob Johnson, Jr. She was looking forward to being a great-granna to Abilene Rose King, who is expected January 4, 2022. She has many nieces and nephews, friends, and extended family that she was so close to and loved dearly. She also leaves behind the son that she gained by marriage - Jacob Johnson, Sr. She adored him so much and loved to just call and chat with him. And last, but not least, Socks - her "annoying cat who was always in her spot."

Donna had so many plans for her life and was excited about Bryce and his fiancé, Katelyn Turner's upcoming nuptials. Katelyn was an immediately welcomed addition to our family. 

The hole that Donna leaves behind in our lives can only be netted with memories of her and her love for everyone. She had a lot of life in her with such a wonderful heart and always wanted to give to others. She would never have left her family except that God said it was time to come home and she said, "I'm ready."  

People who didn't know her directly, usually knew of her through a friend or a friend of a friend.  She had hope. She gave hope. She will be watching over all of us now; but even though she is physically not here, she lives on in every life that was touched in some way by her. This moment is difficult but loving her and remembering her won't be. 

Donna (Mom/Granna), we love you so much. Thank you for all you have ever done for us. We were blessed - BLESSED to have you as our person. God knew what he was doing when you were brought to this world.  And Lord, thank you for giving us these years - these days - this brief moment of our lives to share with her.  

Service for Donna will be at 2 PM on Sunday, November 7, 2021, in the chapel of Coulter Garrison Funeral Home with Pastor Dwain Redden officiating. Interment will follow at Dayton City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 7, 2021, from 10 AM -- 2PM at Coulter Garrison Funeral Home of Dayton, TN.



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November 7, 2021

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Coulter-Garrison Funeral Home, Inc.
1670 Market Street
Dayton, TN 37321-1130

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