William Eugene Taylor was born March 8,1926 south of Cabool, Missouri, to Clarence Eugene and Nina Viola Trent Taylor. On February 28, 2018, eight days before his 92nd birthday, he made his final move to his home in heaven from Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool.
William attended school at Pine Flat and Stultz through eighth grade and then went to work on neighbor farms to help support the family. He was drafted into the Army in 1944. He was headed to Japan with the 98th infantry division when the war ended, and then served as military police with occupation forces attached to the 25th infantry division. After serving his country for two years was discharged in 1946, after the death of his father.
After his military service ended in Fort Knox, Kentucky, he married Fern Bryson in 1947. To this union one daughter was born. Returning to the Ozarks he started a long life of buying, trading, and selling farms.
In 1955 he married Juanita Loretta Smith at Oakhill Church in Houston, Missouri. To this union three children were born. During their 61 years of marriage he was always looking for new real estate, which resulted in them living in 47 houses. Every place they lived it was important to find a local church to attend and serve in. His last membership was at Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove, Missouri.
He is preceded in death by his parents; twin infant brothers; two sisters, Florence Brown and Francis Davis; his wife Nita of 61 years; and a daughter-in-law, Anita Taylor.
He is survived by daughter Leaetta Lally and husband David of New Salisbury, Indiana; son Eugene Taylor and wife, Pamela of Mtn. Grove, MO; daughter, Leatha Smith and husband Kenneth of Willow Springs, Missouri; son Arthur Taylor and wife Evie of Twin Falls, Idaho; brother, George and wife Betty of Branson, Missouri; 18 grandchildren, Donna Land and husband Mark, Lisa Tharp, Cathy Tharp, Lori Black and husband Eric, Rachel Caudill, Gloria Waggoner and husband Chris, Scott Smith and wife Amanda, Julie Friedman and husband Ben, Kevin Smith and wife Jessica, Christy Luckinbill and husband Cody, Derek Smith, Emily Smith, William Jeffery Taylor, Erin Faust, Jennifer Cowger and husband Dale, Brad Campbell, Brian Campbell and wife Lacey, and Jennifer Cooper and husband Josh; 37 great-grandchildren with one more on the way; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends from the many places he lived.
Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the funeral chapel with Ronnie Turner officiating. Pallbearers were Scott Smith, Kevin Smith, Derek Smith, Bryan Caudill, Blake Smith and Devin Waggoner. Honorary pallbearers were Jamie Smith and Mark Land. Interment with full military honors was in Cabool Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.