My grandfather (Pops) was a dear, kind man. Today I’m remembering when I took him on Honor Flight to see the WW II Memorial in person. He loved the mechanics of flying. I only wish he had allowed himself to see more of the world, but he loved his place on the planet. It’s in the rolling hills of horse country in Kentucky.
I don’t think I ever really got to know him. He was a private man who only talked about his time in the Army as he got older. He was quiet, but had a loud laugh.
I didn’t write the obituary listed below, but thought I would include it here. It’s difficult to sum up a person’s life in a couple of paragraphs. I discovered that when I wrote and rewrote Nana’s obit in 2007. I miss you, Pops.
William Maurice Taylor, 88, of Winchester, widower of the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” McLendon Taylor, passed away peacefully on Thursday at the Clark Regional Medical Center after a short illness.
A native of Clark County, he was born May 28, 1923, to the late Claude Thurman Taylor and Jessie Tucker Hampton Taylor. He attended Bean Elementary School, St. Agatha Academy, and graduated from Winchester High School in 1942. He then attended Kentucky Wesleyan College in Winchester so he could be close to his future wife.
He was a Clark County farmer, member of the First United Methodist Church, former member of the Pioneer Amateur Radio Club, Winchester Rotary Club, and Kentucky Colonel. His hobbies included amateur radio, repairing antique radios, and family history.
He was enlisted in the military where he served as sergeant during World War II as part of the 9th Army Air Force based in England. He repaired and maintained airborne radar equipment, principally target-sighting and aircraft identification mechanisms. He was injured by a land mine at the base in Cotswold, England, while unloading a jeep and was honorably discharged after recovery at a hospital in England. He received a letter of accommodation for his service from President Harry Truman. He was awarded an American Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with one bronze service star, World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.