Willard Austin Taylor
January 18, 2016
Willard Austin Taylor, age 91, Phil Campbell, passed away Monday, January 18, 2016, at his residence.
Mr. Taylor proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Mt. Hebron Baptist Church. He was retired from Reynolds Aluminum after years of being a crane operator.
The visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Jan. 21 at Spry Memorial Chapel, with the funeral following at 2 p.m. in the chapel with military honors. Bro. Jerome Sherrill and Dr. Scott Delashaw will officiate the service. Burial will be at Mt. Home Cemetery in Belgreen.
He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 69 years, Mary Gladys Taylor; daughter, Esther Sue Taylor Gowder; son, Lester Hugh Taylor and wife, Kathy; grandchildren, Shena Haley, Jeanna Haley, Bradley Hugh Taylor, Holley Meranda Pate and husband, Scott; great-grandchildren, Ella Joy Pate, Micah Wesley Pate, Jonathan Taylor; sister, Ruth Durrett; brother, Alford Taylor and wife, Delores; sister-in-law, Marvalene Taylor; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Joe Taylor; daughter, Tommie Jean Taylor; son-in-law, Ted Gowder; parents, Eugene and Mattie Taylor; brothers, Elmer Taylor and wife Dorothy, Jim Taylor, Earl Taylor and wife Francis, Bob Taylor and wife Lorell and Archie Taylor; sister, Martha Butler Baird and husband John Butler; brother-in-law, Barney Durrett; and special friends, Paul Taylor, Aaron Durrett, Danny Pace and Claude Taylor.
The honorary pallbearers will be Sammy Taylor, Glenn Taylor, Alford Butler, Charles Wayne Taylor, Jimmy Taylor, Steve Taylor, Steve Pace, Jerry Pace, Barney Durrett, Jr., David Durrett and Gene Taylor.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Hospice of North Alabama, Kasie Brown, Kathy Dungess, Betty Robinette and Candace Twilley for the love and care of our family.