Chief Master Sergeant (retired) William Greeley Taylor, "Bill, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully at Banner Boswell Hospital, Sun City, Arizona, August 8th, 2017, at the age of 81. He was surrounded by family.
Bill is survived by his wife, Mary Therese; three sons, William Donald, Jeffery Wade, and Christopher Paul; a daughter, Lisa Marie; four sisters Mary Lou Bullard, Annette Bullard, Phyllis Jean Jeannie Wilson, and Margaret Wooley and a brother, Jerry Lee Taylor. Bill had 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jerry Boman Taylor and Annie Valentine, of Live Oak, Florida.
Bill was born on October 24, 1935 in Live Oak, Florida. He graduated from Suwannee High School in 1952 and enlisted in the Armed Forces shortly thereafter. He married Mary Therese LaBonte of Salem, Massachusetts on November 11, 1955 in Salem, Massachusetts, while stationed at Fort Devens.
Bill served his country honorably for 33 years and retired from the United States Air Force, ending his career as Senior Enlisted Advisor for the 832nd Air Division, 12th Air Force, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona in 1985.
Bill is a decorated veteran having served in both the United States Army and the United States Air Force. He completed overseas tours in Korea, Vietnam, Turkey, and England. Bills stateside assignments included, Fort Devens, Lowry AFB, Pease AFB, Loring AFB, Columbus AFB, Nellis AFB, Seymour-Johnson AFB, Eglin AFB, Kirtland AFB, and Luke AFB.
Bills service decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (5 oak leaf clusters), Air Force Commendation Medal (2 oak leaf clusters), Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Air Force National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, United Nations Korea Service Military Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Outstanding Unit Award with Valor (3 oak leaf clusters), and Senior EOD Badge.
After retiring from the Air Force, Bill studied for and received a degree in theology and was pastor at the Church of Christ, Wickenburg, Arizona from 2010-2015.
Bill was an avid fisherman, bird hunter, crossword aficionado, and reader; especially of the Bible. He loved taking photographs of his friends and family. He had a keen wit and found the humor in every situation. Everyone he met fell prey to his corny jokes. He loved visiting his family, watching movies and listening to bluegrass music. He especially loved having his grandchildren and great grandchildren sit on his knee while sharing a bowl of strawberry ice cream.
Condolences and tributes can be posted online here and at http://www.heritagefuneralchapels.com/obituaries/. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in his name to the West Olive Church of Christ, 10935 W. Olive Ave, Peoria, AZ 85345.
The family would like to thank the doctors, staff and caregivers of the Intensive Care Unit at Banner Boswell Hospital for their superb efforts, care, and dedication.
Published on August 10, 2017