William Bruce Taylor, Jr.
In High Point, NC on September 6, 1947, he began a lifelong endeavor to persevere.
Born the second child and first male of six children, 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.
He was known by a multitude of names, including; Son, Bro, Bruce, Boot Dunior, Brucie, Daddy, Uncle B, Uncle Bruce, Willy B, Papa Boolah, Grandpa, Swamp Monkey, Bruce the individual, The Superior Being, Cadillac Willy and Egor. A police officer once called him a Borderline Perpetrator.
Bruce had a childlike wonder in looking at the world, noticing things others often overlooked. He found humor in the most ordinary things and relished the outrageous. He could fit fifty-two clothespins on his face. He bungee jumped at age 50 – he doesn’t recommend it. He played baseball and softball. He competed to go to the 1968 Olympics in boxing and went pretty far til he got whooped. He liked beer with authority, scratch off lottery, funny bumper stickers and t-shirts.
Without accolades or money, he was arguably the most creative artist of his time. He was a Master Storyteller with the most vivid imagination. He could draw anything. He had a beautiful voice with which he sang. He read music and played the trombone.
He was an avid fan of Alabama Crimson Tide and the Atlanta Falcons have been hurting his feelings since 1966
He enjoyed nature and animals –except horses. He didn’t see the point in horses. He raised and showed game fowl.
He was a known gallivanter, loving travel, never staying anywhere long. He was frequently spotted at in the last four years at the Double B Foods and Hardware in Gaston, SC. He loved people and spoke to everyone no matter their station or circumstance. He took laughter and joy wherever he went and left behind the same in his memory.
He was a Vietnam Veteran. Among other medals, he was a Purple Heart recipient. He served 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 December 1967. He was present in the A-Shau Valley, The Battle of Hue City and the Quang Tri Provence, as well as others. He was terribly wounded in July 1968, finally getting his ticket out of there, knowing all these years that he was one of only three from the original twenty-six who made it home alive.
Though he was a Vietnam Veteran, it is not all he was, for he was so very much more. He was haunted everyday by those experiences, yet filled the world with a light that only he could shine. Being able to go on with the humor and the zeal and the wonder and the excitement was the Truest Bravery he had.
He worked various jobs in many industries, including construction, textiles and security. He worked for several companies such as Albright Construction (Dickson County, TN), Star Paper Tube (Austell, GA), and Southwire (Carrollton, GA) before going to work for National Envelope from which he retired to become a gentleman of leisure.
Because he was so good looking, he married five and a half times (and divorced just as many), producing four daughters with three of his wives.
His good nature and unique humor will be sorrowfully missed.
His Survivors include four daughters: Juanita Taylor of Greer SC and Lyn Creeden (Don) of Swansea, SC both born to Margaret Albright (deceased); Bonnie Taylor born to Jane Luallen of Villa Rica, GA; and Gina Mowry (Bryant) of Steubenville, OH born to Virginia Morgan of Dallas, GA. Also surviving are thirteen grandchildren: Christopher, Coty, Stephen (Lisa), Nicholas, Alex (Naomi), Taylor, Katherine, Morgan (Ronnie), Ethan, Arleigh, Bobbi, James and Sophia; four great-grandchildren: Pheonix, Aubrey, Noah and Ronnie; brother, Tim Taylor (Susan) of Hobe Sound, FL; sisters: Jeannie King of Dallas, GA, Cindy Hulsey (Randy) of Douglasville, GA and Robin Taylor of Piedmont, AL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Bruce Taylor, Sr. and Edith Irene Holcombe Taylor both of Austell, GA; and a younger sister, Donna Lee (Taylor) Lynn of Douglasville, Ga.
Saturday, February 17, 2018, a memorial service will be held at J. Collins Funeral Home in Villa Rica, GA at 1p.m. with a gathering from 12-1 p.m. with Rockey Ross officiating.
According to his wishes, a bonfire and beer will be enjoyed following services at his friends’ home in Mableton, GA. Also according to his wishes there will be a Barbeque to celebrate his life and honor his memory on March 3 in Gaston, SC.