Riley Jacob Taylor

Riley Jacob Taylor

February 24, 1997 ~ June 20, 2020

Riley Jacob Taylor, 23, of Daytona Beach FL passed away suddenly on June 20, 2020. Riley was born February 24,1997 in Columbus OH, where he lived with his parents and brother. He attended Briggs High School, played football, basketball and was member of Air Force Jr ROTC. In 2017 he moved to Florida where he fell in love with the ocean and palm trees. He loved movies and music. At the time of his passing, he was pursuing a music career. He was passionate in everything he pursued and overcame every obstacle he met in life. He loved and was loved by many and will be missed greatly by all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents, Kenneth and Minta Taylor; brother Kenneth Taylor of Columbus OH; sisters Rheyann Kitchen of London OH; and Gracie Markel of Surfside Beach SC; Great Grandmother Helen Kitchen; Grandparents Gene and Judy Taylor of Columbus, OH; Bill and Cindy Carver of Bellefontaine OH; Great Aunt Jo Reed of Sanford, FL. He is loved and missed by many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends whom he loved dearly and considered to be family.

Riley is preceded in death by his biological mother Heather Kitchen and Maternal Grandmother Anna Pelfrey, Paternal Grandmother Martha Brown and Aunt Cindy Skaggs of London, OH.

Arrangements are being handled by Alavon Direct Cremation of South Daytona, Fl. A celebration of his life will be held in his hometown of Columbus, OH at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to final expenses at or by contacting Alavon directly 386-322-2510.


Ellen Morgan - friend

June 23, 2020, 7:02 pm

Kenny and family ,Much love and prayers for all of you

Kristen Bokoles - Julene cottrill mom

June 23, 2020, 7:13 pm

You will be so missed .. Im so glad i had a chance to meet you and have u a part of our family through the years my daughter truly loved u as a dear friend and cherished the times together .. Fly with the angles above and know you will NEVER be forgotten !!

Julene Cottrill - Friend

June 23, 2020, 8:01 pm

I am so blessed that I had the privilege of knowing Riley. From the moment I met him , he was so kind & such a goofball. No matter where he went he lit up the entire room & was kind to everybody. He had the biggest heart in a person that I’ve ever seen & his smile was infectious. It just drew you right to him. I am sending all of my love & support & condolences to his family during this time. My heart is with you all, thank you for raising Riley so well for the time he was on this earth. He will be missed so much & he is so loved. Rest In Peace Riley. I love you bunches.

Michael - Close friend

June 23, 2020, 8:33 pm

I’m sorry to see you go so young it was only last week we were talking it up. I still can’t believe your gone I’m sorry to the family for their loss Riley was truly a pure soul full of love and determination. He may not be with us in physical form but a part of him is with each and all of us in which he will remain. And he will live on through us. My closing words will farewell to my brother in the sky.

Dawn Capozzi - FRIEND

June 23, 2020, 8:53 pm

Riley we were so blessed to get to know you. Your great potential that you had such awesome determination to achieve was inspirational. You could have become any thing you wanted you had that drive… i remember listening to You speak with pride in the things you had set in motion to make your life happen…. everyone is missing you so much…. really in shock your gone… you will never be forgotten we will all see you again some day… fly high angel Rest In Peace young one

Garrett Law - Uncle

June 23, 2020, 9:25 pm

Riley had the heart of a champion the one thing I admire about him is he seemed to walk through life with no fear I’m just glad I got to be apart of his life and to see him grow up and make something of himself that was one thing I always wanted for him and I feel he did just that rest easy riley

Ammala Doeung - Friend

June 24, 2020, 12:16 am

I will never forget our time sitting in the school bus in the morning and sitting next to each other after school, talking and laughing with everyone. We even called our after school bus driver by the wrong name but she didn’t mind she laughed with us. Riley was such a smiling goof ball who always argued with our science teacher back at Columbus downtown high school but it always ended with laughter throughout the whole class. We laughed with him and he was just the funniest guy ever. I’ll never forget the times he’d be honest and silly. Even though it’s been years since we’ve talked since high school, but commenting on facebook posts and talking about high school and the funny things we’ve said to each other still held a friendship that all of us could never get back. Riley will be forever missed and always in our hearts and mind and I could never forget his contagious goofy smile. Rest In Peace Riley we love you and will always miss you.

Morgan Grover - Old friend

June 24, 2020, 12:28 am

This boy was my very first boyfriend and one of my first best friends. He and his family always called me noodle and that is something I will always remember. I have so many other memories with him that I will always cherish. I hope that he’s flying high and finally getting to see his mother again!

Kristi Law - Cousin

June 24, 2020, 11:47 am

Riley you were an Amazing Man with so many talents and the world isn’t going to be the same without you in it. I can remember holding you for hours as a baby not wanting to let you go and watching you grow into a wonderful man who was loved by many. Your Dad and Mom raised an Amazing Man and I know the reason you smiled and reached for your dreams is because of them. Watch over your siblings and let them know from time to time your still with them. I love you so much Fly High Sweet Boy

Bob and Linda Markel - grandparents to Gracie Markel, Riley's sister

June 24, 2020, 1:44 pm

We are maternal grandparents of his sister, Gracie Markel. We are so sorry for your loss. We had a great time with Riley last summer at Gracie’s graduation party. Riley was a great brother. He and Gracie were very close, even though miles apart. We send our sincere condolences to all his family and friends. Many will miss him. Linda and Bob Markel

Christy Knisley

June 27, 2020, 5:45 pm

My heart breaks to hear that Riley has passed away….. I am a neighbor to his Great Grandmother and did not know him. When he was just a little guy he rode his bike down our driveway. I was outside working and with the sweetest smile he said to me ” Hi my name is Riley what’s your name? Do you have any little kids that I could play with? I have always treasured that moment in time! God Bless his soul…. May he Rest In Peace

Carol & Matt Korkate - Friends

June 27, 2020, 11:54 pm

My husband and I met Riley through our daughter. What an impact he made on us. Charming, charismatic, soft spoken with a contagious smile – Riley lit up a room! Although Riley’s time on this earth was short, his impact on those he touched was remarkable. To mom, dad and brother – we know you are grieving but please take comfort in knowing that you raised a very special young man who touched so many people in such a special way. Rest In Peace Riley . . . we are all privileged to have known you! You will be missed dearly by all.

Zachary J Russo - Best friend

June 28, 2020, 3:13 am

I just want to say we did not no him a lot my time but in the short time we had with Riley was amazing he always would make some one smile he was a amazing person I am so sorry for your this to happen he was way to young

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