Charles J. "Bill" Taylor
The last living WWII Veteran of Love County, Charles J. "Bill" Taylor, peacefully passed away while surrounded by his family, Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the age of 95. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 16, 2021 in the Flanagan-Watts Funeral Home Chapel with Johnny Reed and Murray McMurray officiating. Interment with military honors will be held at the Cottage Hill Cemetery in Celina, TX at 2:00 p.m.
Bill grew up with his 9 brothers and sisters on their family farm near Celina, TX. At the age of 16, he lost both of his parents and two sisters in a fire at the family farm. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was immediately assigned to the North Atlantic Fleet and sent to the North Pole, Greenland, and the Baffin Islands to sink German submarines. Later, he was assigned to the group that started the Strategic Air Command.
He returned home on leave and married the love of his life, Frances Jo Lankford. Jo and Bill were married 68 years. They were blessed with three daughters and one son.
owned and operated a grocery business in Irving, TX for several years and in 1974 he sold the business and moved to Oklahoma. He became employed with Love County District 1 and has worked there for more than 40 years. He was affectionately known there as "Grandpa". Bill was also known for his "Domino Hall" that he built in his shop at his home. Bill and his friends spent may wonderful hours playing dominos and telling tall tales. Jo and Bill spent more than 48 wonderful years in Thackerville community.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Jo Lankford; his parents, Charlie Bud Taylor and Sallie Elizabeth Long; his siblings, Maggie Norman, Laverne Desmond, Ralph Taylor, Jimmy Watkins Taylor, Nellie Mae Taylor, Betty Ruth Blackmon, Myrtle Taylor, and Dovie Taylor.
He is survived by one brother, Buck Taylor and his children, Connie Lynn and husband Gordon Mize, Charles Steven Taylor and wife Jackie, Terri Ann and husband Wayne Clark, and Tina Gayle and husband Johnny Reed; grandchildren, Stephanie Langston, Johnny Mitcheson, Charles Weston Edwards, Tabatha Lowery, Starla Delagarza, Carla Cannon, Nikki Reed and Taylor Reed; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Charles will be remembered as a fair and honest man, a devoted Christian that loved the Lord with all his heart, and an active member of the Thackerville Baptist Church.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
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Posted online on August 13, 2021