William Clarence Taylor, 83, former New Hanover County commissioner

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William Clarence Taylor
William Clarence Taylor

William Clarence Taylor, of Wilmington, died Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. He was 83.

Bill was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Wilson, son of the late Ruth Pierce and William C. Taylor Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Jerrine Taylor; daughters, Deborah Mayo and husband, Roy, of Wilmington, Cynthia Sweat and husband, Lynn, of Mebane and Laura Mooney and husband, Mark, of North Augusta, South Carolina; grandchildren, Breezy Mayo, of Austin, Texas, Michael Mayo of Austin, Texas, Marnie Comanche, of Seattle, Philip Sweat, of Japan and Kellsey Frieschmann, of Aiken, South Carolina; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Emily and David Quinn; and nephews, Collin Quinn and Duncan Quinn.

Mr. Taylor attended Appalachian State University and served in the U.S. Navy. He was employed as regional sales director for Blue Cross Blue Shield for 40 years. His civic work included serving as a New Hanover County commissioner as well as on the Board of Trustees of New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the Board of Trustees of Cape Fear Community College. He also served as the chairman of the Cardinal Health Agency and as governor of the North Carolina District of Optimists International.

Mr. Taylor was a member of Winter Park Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was also a member of the Wilmington Optimist Club and the Hanover Seaside Club as well as a former member of Pine Valley Country Club and president of the Fairfield Park HOA.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2015, at Winter Park Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Teachey officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Winter Park Baptist Church or the Boys & Girls Home of North Carolina.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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