Taylor Ross Whitley

February 21, 1980August 1, 2018

Taylor Ross Whitley, 38, of Lake Jackson, TX passed away August 1, 2018. Taylor was born February 21, 1980 in Baytown, Texas, to Dennis and Lanette (Lemons) Whitley of Edna, TX. He attended Tarkington Elementary near Cleveland, TX, and was a 1998 graduate of Sudan High School, Sudan, TX. Taylor pursued excellence in everything he did. He was Valedictorian of his high school class and an outstanding athlete. He earned a scholarship to play football for Texas A&M University and was a 3 year starter as an offensive lineman. He graduated from Texas A& M University, Class of 2002 and received his Masters Degree in Sports Management from Texas A&M University. His dream to play in the NFL was realized when he was drafted in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft and played for the Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and the Washington Redskins. Taylor married Shannon Warny on March 13, 2004. They were the perfect team. They have two beautiful daughters, Laine Taylor, age 7, and Logan McKay, age 4, who rounded out team Whitley. He was Vice President of Sales at USA DeBusk. He and his family attended Brazos Pointe Fellowship in Lake Jackson, TX.

Taylor was larger than life in every regard. He was a gentle giant. He lived life to the fullest and everyone around him felt his love, strength and kindness. He loved God, being with his family, water sports, and Aggie Football. Taylor was the most amazing husband, father and friend. He was a man of excellence.

Taylor is survived by his wife, Shannon Warny Whitley and their two beautiful daughters Laine Taylor, and Logan McKay. His parents, Dennis and Lanette Whitley, of Edna, his sister and brother-in-law, Lauren and Chad Luig, and their children, Caden and Cash Luig of Aurora, as well as many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins.

Taylor is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Henry and Hazel Whitley and his maternal grandparents, Woodrow Lemons, Thelma and Dick Todd, his aunt and uncle, Woody and Paula Lemons.

Serving as pallbearers are cousins; Rob Bluhm, Scott Bluhm, John Ligon, Clay Whitley, Jake Whitley, and Tyler Wolfe, Geoff Hangartner (friend), and brother-in-laws; Chad Luig and Jeff Smith. Honorary pallbearers are his nephews, Caden and Cash Luig and Owen and Grant Smith, cousins, Bradley and Lawson Lemons, and his former teammates. Funeral service will be held on Monday, August 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Brazos Pointe Fellowship 679 Texas 332 W. Lake Jackson, TX 77566. Please no suits.


  • Funeral Service Monday, August 6, 2018

Taylor Ross Whitley

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Warren Threadgill

August 10, 2018

So sad to hear about Taylor's passing. Shannon...thoughts and prayers for you and your girls. They will know that their dad was one of the good ones. He wasn't interested in the attention that came with his athletic ability and accomplishments, just wanted to be a good person and do right. I haven't seen him in years, but will always remember and appreciate is outlook on life and his humility. Godspeed Taylor.

Tony and Susan Barre

August 8, 2018

Taylor will be missed by so many. What a beautiful service to honor such a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


August 8, 2018

Our Loving Heavenly Father provides peace, strength and comfort during this ti of sorrow (2 Corinthian 1:3,4).

Leonard Roth

August 7, 2018

Words cannot express my shock and sorrow at Taylor's passing. We fought a lot of battles together including his 2003 contract with the Dolphins and arbitration with the Redskins. He was a true gentleman. Just a good person always with a great attitude, smart and caring husband and father to his two daughters. Taylor and Shannon were a perfect match. We lost you way too young my friend but were better people for knowing you.

Manuel Cruz

August 6, 2018

I Knew Taylor since the 3rd grade we all were close, our class was small there in Sudan, TX so the Class of 98' all knew each other very well we shared lots of laughs and good times. A lot of you knew Taylor as an athlete but we the Class of 98' had the pleasure of growing up with him and then keeping up with him as he moved on to do great things. He was always a kind person and I am happy to have been able to call him my friend. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
thanks for all the memories Taylor you will be forever missed.

Manuel Cruz
Burleson, Texas

Stephanie Watkins (formerly Stavinoha)

August 6, 2018

Sweet Shannon,
Of course the thing I remember most was Taylors kindness, smile, and his love for our Lord.
Wish I could be there to hug your neck. Please know I am and will always be praying for you and your family.
God bless and hugs from Me,

Stephanie Watkins (Heathers Mom)

Sari Hewlett-Pacheco

August 6, 2018

Taylor was my husbands friend. He spoke very highly of him and we are sad to hear of his passing. He left a mark on those he met and he will live on through his family. Prayers for guidance and comfort to all of his family.

Laddie and Debbie Matusek

August 5, 2018

We did not know Taylor, but we know Lanette and Dennis well. One cannot find two greater people. Laddie and Dennis graduated from high school in Edna, Texas. We recently picked up our friendship when both of us moved back to Edna. We were heartbroken for the Whitley family when we heard about Taylor’s untimely death. Oh love and prayers extend to all concerned. May God comfort and provide as only He can! God bless and keep you all. Our love, Laddie and Debbie Matusek!

JB Grimes

August 5, 2018

It is with great condolences and with great love that I write this. In my 42 years of coaching offensive linemen Taylor was one of my favorites. When you talk about character and toughness-the two highest qualities that a man can have-this young man comes to my mind. I loved coaching him-but even more than that I loved being around him WHEN I was coaching him. I am deeply saddened and his family will be in my prayers. I

Alissa Jephcott (Baker)

August 4, 2018

Sending my condolences and prayers to the entire Whitley family during this tragic loss.

Words cannot fully express how deeply saddened I am. Taylor was one of the most warm-hearted, charismatic individuals I ever knew. I will always cherish the friendship and memories we had together as teenagers.

Taylor has left a huge footprint in this world and in my heart. May his daughters find peace and comfort knowing the good things he has done!

In Christ,
Alissa Jephcott & family