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TAYLOR, William Charles Sr.
TAYLOR, William Charles Sr. Dec. 12, 1925 - July 27, 2017 Memorial services for William (Bill) Charles Taylor, Sr. of Lancaster, California will be held Friday, August 4, 2017, at 10am at Lancaster United Methodist Church, 918 West Avenue J, Lancaster, California 93534. A Viewing will be Thursday, August 3, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m., at Lancaster United Methodist Church. Bill was born in Lecompte, Louisiana on December 12, 1925 and resided in the Antelope Valley for over 50 years. He died Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 91 years of age. Bill served his country for over 30 years in both active and reserve duty. His service career spanned both WWII and the Korean War. He retired as a decorated U.S. Army Major. Bill earned a B.S. Degree in mathematics from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was employed as a Senior Project Mathematician for the Department of the Air Force, Edwards Air Force Base, Edwards, California from 1958-1985. He also served as a school board member with both the Antelope Valley Union High School District (8 years) and the Lancaster Elementary School District (7 years). As a community activist, he was a past president of the local NAACP, life member of The Reserve Officers Association and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Bill Taylor is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mercedes Metz Taylor; sons William C. Taylor, Jr. and Patrick A. Taylor; granddaughter Zoe S. Taylor; and brother Warren Taylor (Ethel); sister-in-law Mary Metz Givens and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Halley-Olsen-Murphy Memorial Funerals and Cremations at Lancaster, California has been entrusted to provide services.

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