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“I just learned about Bill's passing. I am so sorry for this loss. He was so kind to me, and I enjoyed hearing his stories about the things he'd done...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Kerry Wachtman - Holly Springs, NC

“Bill was such a kind and gentle soul .... his sense of humor and joy for life made his friendship and company something very special. His...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Ed & Nancy Braswell - NC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you Linda, Charles considered Bill to be his very best friend.we will always cherish the memories of being with you...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Charles and Shirley Shumate

“A good friend, Bill will be missed by all. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Dillon Wooten - Goldsboro, NC

“Bon Voyage old friend. You will be missed when we gather. My sympathies to the family. Charlie Darden GHS '48 UNC '56 ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Charles Darden - Tucker, GA

“Dear Linda, We'll continue to miss Bill's daily walks past our house with Buoy and his many stories of his UNC experiences. Our best wishes are...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: David and Dee Yoder - Pittsboro, NC

“Thank you, Bill & Linda for being our friends. We will greatly miss Bill. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Ned & Doris Petrak - Goldsboro, NC

“Our family sends our best wishes and deepest sympathy to Kate, Bill, Linda, and all the Taylor family - Betsy and John Wittenmyer and family ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Betsy Wittenmyer - Houston, TX

“Bill was always a sweet guy to me. My heart goes out to Kate and Bill III who have lost their Dad who loved them so dearly. And to Linda as well...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Elizabeth Gant - Raleigh, NC


Mr. William Robert "Bill" Taylor, Jr., 81, of 310 Fearrington Post, died Monday, January 21, 2013 at UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill.

Bill was born in Wayne County, NC on February 25, 1931, to the late William Robert Taylor Sr. and Mary McLean Taylor. He was a member of Duke Chapel in Durham. Bill was a lifetime member the Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. #139 and served on the Board of Directors of First Citizens Bank and Southern National Bank. He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow. Later in his life, he was an assistant scoutmaster for Scout Troop #3.

Bill was a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he obtained a B.A. Degree in Economics. While at UNC, he was a member of Kappa Sigma, President of the Veterans Affairs Club for two years, member of the Yackety Yack staff for one year and a member of the Shieks. Bill was a member of the UNC Rams Club from the time of his graduation until his death and was an ardent supporter of UNC football, basketball and baseball.

He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for three years during the Korean War aboard the Coast Guard Cutter, Ingham. Bill loved all forms of boating and had a 33 foot Cape Dory sailboat and later owned a 42 foot Grand Banks trawler. He spent 21 happy years boating in North Carolina, Florida and the Bahamas.

Bill worked for several years for Proctor and Gamble and later owned and operated Taylor Beverage Company in Goldsboro for 31 years. He enjoyed volunteering for the Meals on Wheels Program in Goldsboro and later in Pittsboro and Chapel Hill after moving to Fearrington Village.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Seymour Funeral Home in Goldsboro with Rev. William E. Ordelt Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends immediately after the service.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Hawkinson Taylor; his son, William R. Taylor, III and wife, Marsha of Hampstead; his daughter, Kate Rucker Penn Taylor of Raleigh and a stepdaughter, Martha Peacock Ferguson and husband Mark of Gastonia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wayne County Humane Society, P.O. Box 821, Goldsboro, NC 27533 or to Alzheimer's North Carolina, P.O. Box 10608, Goldsboro, NC 27532.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seymourfuneralhome.com.