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On Monday, November 27, 2023, the Crooked Oak Community bid farewell to a remarkable individual. William Leroy Taylor, an 88-year-old man of unwavering faith and dedication, passed away at Terrace Manor Nursing Home. His legacy as a devoted servant, loving family man, and active member of his community will forever be cherished.
Leroy, as he was affectionately known, served proudly in the US National Guard and dedicated over three decades of his life as an architect at Oakland Metal Buildings. However, his true passion lay in his commitment to his Christian faith. He taught Sunday school and served as a deacon at Crooked Oak Baptist Church, where his quiet steadiness and unwavering support were invaluable.
Together with his beloved wife Janice, Leroy found joy in spending time with loved ones, embarking on church-building trips across the nation, and attending Baptist Associational Meetings. They were active participants in Gideons International and Woodmen of the World missions, spreading their love and faith far and wide.
Now reunited with his cherished wife, Leroy is undoubtedly experiencing the heavens he spoke of and engaging in deep conversations with his Lord. He leaves behind a legacy of love and devotion, survived by his wife Shirlene, son Jason Taylor, grandchildren Shawn and Adam, sister Dottie Stuart, and numerous other nieces and nephews.
The visitation and funeral service will be held at Spry Memorial Chapel, where Leroy will be laid to rest at Franklin Memory Gardens. In lieu of floral gifts, the family kindly requests donations to be made to Gideons International, a cause close to Leroy’s heart.
Let us remember William Leroy Taylor, a man who exemplified faith, love, and service, and whose
William Taylor Obituary
Remembering the Life and Legacy of William Leroy Taylor
Passing of William Leroy Taylor
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of William Leroy Taylor, a beloved member of the Crooked Oak Community. On Monday, November 27, 2023, at the age of 88, William peacefully left this world at Terrace Manor Nursing Home. As we mourn his loss, let us keep his family in our thoughts and prayers, offering them comfort and support during this difficult time.
Life and Career
William Leroy Taylor, known to many as Leroy, led a remarkable life filled with dedication and passion. After leaving Deshler High School ahead of schedule, he proudly served in the US National Guard. For over thirty years, Leroy worked as an architect at Oakland Metal Buildings, leaving a lasting impact through his creative designs and attention to detail.
Devotion to Faith and Community
One of Leroy’s greatest joys in life was his unwavering devotion to his faith and community. He was a devoted servant of Crooked Oak Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school and served as a deacon. His quiet steadiness and commitment to his beliefs were a source of strength and inspiration to those around him.
Deeply rooted in his Christian faith, Leroy actively participated in church-building trips across the nation and attended Baptist Associational Meetings. He also took an active role in Gideons International and Woodmen of the World missions, spreading love and compassion to those in need.
As a loving parent, spouse, and grandfather, Leroy cherished the time spent with his family and friends. He had a warm sense of humor and enjoyed the company of his beloved wife, Janice. Together, they created countless cherished memories and shared a love that transcended time.
While we mourn the loss of Leroy, we find solace in knowing that he has been reunited with Janice, his cherished spouse of 56 years. In the heavens above, he is experiencing the eternal peace he often spoke about and engaging in deep conversations with his Lord.
Leroy will be lovingly remembered by his wife Shirlene, son Jason Taylor, grandchildren Shawn and Adam, sister Dottie Stuart (husband David), cherished niece Rhonda Crutchfield, and numerous other nieces and nephews. His memory will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.
Family and Legacy
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of William Leroy Taylor
Surviving Family Members
William Leroy Taylor leaves behind a lasting legacy that will be cherished by his loved ones. He is survived by his devoted wife, Shirlene, who stood by his side through thick and thin. Their love and companionship were an inspiration to all who knew them. Leroy’s son, Jason Taylor, carries on his father’s values and teachings, ensuring that his legacy lives on through the generations to come.
In addition to his immediate family, Leroy is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Shawn and Adam, who brought immense joy and laughter into his life. His sister, Dottie Stuart, and her husband David, were a source of constant support and love. Leroy’s cherished niece, Rhonda Crutchfield, and numerous other nieces and nephews will forever hold his memory close to their hearts.
Visitation and Funeral Arrangements
The visitation to honor the life of William Leroy Taylor will take place on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at Spry Memorial Chapel. This will be an opportunity for friends, family, and members of the community to pay their respects and offer condolences to the grieving family.
The funeral service, conducted by Bro. Eddie Wix, will be held in the chapel at 2:00 p.m. It will be a time to reflect on Leroy’s life, celebrate his accomplishments, and find solace in the memories shared with him. The service will be a testament to the impact he had on the lives of those around him.
Following the service, William Leroy Taylor will be laid to rest at Franklin Memory Gardens, a place of eternal peace and tranquility. Pallbearers, consisting of deacons and visitors from Crooked Oak Baptist Church, will carry him to his final resting place, honoring his commitment to his faith and community.
In lieu of floral gifts, the family has requested that donations be made to Gideons International at East Franklin Camp. Contributions can be sent to PO Box 26, Russellville, AL 35653. These donations will continue Leroy’s mission of spreading love, compassion, and faith to those in need.
Spry Memorial Chapel has been a pillar of support for the family during this difficult time. For those who wish to offer condolences or sign the memorial book, please feel free to get in touch with them or visit their website at www.sprymemorialchapel.com.
Donations and Condolences
Honoring the Memory of William Leroy Taylor through Generosity and Support
In remembrance of William Leroy Taylor, the family kindly requests that instead of floral gifts, donations be made to Gideons International at East Franklin Camp. By contributing to this organization, you can continue Leroy’s legacy of spreading love, compassion, and faith to those in need. Your generosity will make a meaningful impact and honor his commitment to serving others.
Donations can be sent to the following address:
Gideons International at East Franklin Camp
PO Box 26
Russellville, AL 35653
Contact Information and Condolences
If you would like to offer your condolences or share your memories of William Leroy Taylor, please feel free to get in touch with the family. They would greatly appreciate your support during this difficult time.
You can reach out to the family through Spry Memorial Chapel, who have been providing unwavering support to the family. For more information or to offer your condolences, please visit their website at . You can also find contact information on their website to directly get in touch with the family.
Your kind words and gestures of sympathy will provide comfort and solace to the family as they navigate through their grief. Your support is truly appreciated.
We mourn the passing of William Leroy Taylor, a devoted servant, loving spouse, and cherished member of the Crooked Oak community. William served in the US National Guard and worked as an architect for over thirty years. He was deeply committed to his faith, teaching Sunday school, and serving as a deacon at Crooked Oak Baptist Church. William’s memory will be cherished by his wife, Shirlene, son Jason, grandchildren Shawn and Adam, sister Dottie Stuart, and many other loved ones. The visitation and funeral service will be held at Spry Memorial Chapel, with interment at Franklin Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Gideons International. Our thoughts are with William’s family during this difficult time. Please visit www.sprymemorialchapel.com to offer your condolences.