William Grady “Billy” Taylor, Jr., 84, of Davisboro, died on Oct. 28, 2017, in the Coliseum Hospital in Macon.
Mr. Taylor was born near Davisboro, Georgia, in 1933 to Grady Taylor and Cynthia Cox Taylor. Billy lived most of his life around Davisboro.
He served 10 years in the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command during the Korean Conflict as a flight navigator, flying all over the Middle and Far East. While stationed at Homestead Air Base in Florida, he met and married his first wife of 52 years, Jan Schoedinger.
They served deployments in Guam and New York State. Billy returned to civilian life as a farmer, dairyman and owner of Davisboro Auto Parts.
He was elected to the Washington County School Board, was a member of the Davisboro Volunteer Fire Department, a member and deacon in the Davisboro Baptist Church, and 32nd Degree Mason in the Hamilton Masonic Lodge #58.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife, Mary Stewart Taylor and her three daughters, Trina Houseman, Tracy Smith (Charles), and Tonya Callaway, all of Madison.
He is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Sarah Rutledge of Milledgeville and Kimberly Taylor Scheel of Davisboro; a son, William Grady Taylor III of Davisboro; a niece, Judy Adams Pate (Billy) of Davisboro. Grandchildren include Christopher Rutledge of Dallas, Texas, Jessika (Daniel) May of Riddleville, and Sarah (Jason) Powell of Douglasville and a great grandson, Conner Gennocro.
The family received guests at the Taylor home on the Harrison-Davisboro Road.
Formal viewing and guest reception was held at May and Smith Funeral Home in Sandersville from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in the Davisboro Baptist Church with interment in the Davisboro City Cemetery. Lunch followed. Services were conducted by the Rev. Larry Glover.
Pallbearers were Jim Starr, Charles Smith, Buddy Mosley, Ray Taylor, Tommy Dukes, Randy Mosley, Mark Cook, Billy Pate, and Gary Dixon. Honorary Pallbearers were the Deacons of the Davisboro Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial be made to the Davisboro Baptist Church, P. O. Box 70, Davisboro, Georgia 31018 or the Davisboro Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 159, Davisboro, Georgia 31018.
May and Smith Funeral Directors in Sandersville is in charge of the arrangements. mayandsmithfuneraldirectors.com