William Bruce Taylor Jr., age 70, peacefully died at home on Friday, February 2, 2018, in Swansea, South Carolina.
Born in High Point, North Carolina, on September 6, 1947, he began a life that was unique and special like no other. He felt a strong sense of duty to his family. He served that duty with love and honor, broadening it to his extended family and friends in a way that was all his own, for he lived life in his own way.
Along with other medals earned, Bruce was a Purple Heart recipient from the Vietnam War. He volunteered and made the grade to serve in the Army’s 101st Airborne Division (1/502 E company) in a 26-man reconnaissance platoon for the battalion. His in-country service began in December 1967. He was present in the A-Shau Valley, The Battle of Hue City and the Quang Tri Provence among others.
He retired from National Envelope in Austell, Georgia, to become a gentleman of leisure. He was frequently spotted at the Floyd Road Shoppette in Mableton, Georgia, before moving to South Carolina to be near his younger grandchildren.
Ready with a joke or story, he brought joy and laughter everywhere he went.
He is survived by his four daughters, Juanita Taylor of Greer, South Carolina, Lyn Creeden (Don) of Swansea, South Carolina, Bonnie Taylor, and Gina Mowry (Bryant) of Steubenville, Ohio; stepdaughter, Jeannette Yates of Villa Rica, Georgia; brother, Tim Taylor (Susan) of Hobe Sound, Florida; three sisters, Jeannie King of Dallas, Georgia, Cindy Hulsey (Randy) of Douglasville, Georgia, and Robin Taylor of Piedmont, Alabama; 13 grandchildren, Christopher, Coty, Stephen (Lisa), Alex (Naomi), Nicholas, Taylor, Katherine, Morgan (Ronnie), Ethan, Arleigh, Bobbi, James and Sophia; four great-grandchildren, Pheonix, Aubrey, Noah and Ronnie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Bruce Taylor Sr. and Edith Irene (Holcombe) Taylor, both of Austell, Georgia, and his younger sister, Donna Lee (Taylor) Lynn of Douglasville, Georgia.
The family will receive friends at J. Collins Funeral Home Saturday, February 17, 2018, from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. The Memorial Service will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rockey Ross officiating.
His good nature and humor will be greatly missed.
To send condolences to the family, visit www.jcollinsfuneralhome.com.
J. Collins Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Villa Rica.