CHARLESTON, S.C. — Robert Arnold “Bob,” “Bobby” Taylor Jr., 62, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. He was born March 28, 1956, in Wilmington, North Carolina.
He graduated from John T. Hoggard High School with the Class of 1974. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from North Carolina State University with the Class of 1979. While attending NCSU, he became president of FarmHouse International Fraternity, motto: “Builder of Men.” He earned his Master’s Degree in Administration from Western Kentucky University in 1980.
Bob’s strong management and leadership skills were evident throughout his lifetime. He began in 1981 to 1984 with Roadway as an inbound terminal manager, and then as account sales manager for Gelco from 1984 to 1985. A long career with PepsiCo followed from 1985 to 1997. Bob earned several promotions with PepsiCo, advancing to vice president of procurement, New York. His final corporate endeavor was with BellSouth Corporation from 1997 to 2002. Once again, he received several advancements rising to the vice president of supply chain services, Georgia.
In 2004, Bob decided to leave the corporate life and embrace the things that he truly enjoyed. He moved to the Charleston, South Carolina, area and became a licensed real estate agent.
He spent many hours on boating adventures and shell collecting on barrier islands. Bob then used his crafting talents, inherited from Grandmama Johnson, and started his own business called: All Washed Up. He had a unique method of embellishing furniture and collectables with shells, sand and treasures from the sea.
Being a lifetime dog person, Bob dedicated time to train his beloved Great Dane, Breaker, to be a certified therapy dog (TDINC). As a team, they brightened the day of many hospital patients and nursing home residents.
Bob will be remembered for his sparkling eyes and infectious smile, love of the ocean and kindness to animals and for always having the best neighborhood decorations for every holiday.
He was welcomed into heaven by his father, Robert Arnold Taylor. “Brother Bob” was soon joined by his younger brother, Richard Allen Taylor; and faithful dog, Breaker.
He is survived by his mother, Florence Johnson Watson, and stepfather, Guy Watson, of Charlotte; brother, Albert Taylor, and his wife, Chelle, and their children, Alexandria and Jacob (Bob’s godson), all of Carolina Beach; stepbrother, Craig Watson, and his wife, Anna, of Cheraw, South Carolina, and their children, Kyle, Savannah, Mckenzie and Will.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., Friday, March 12, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. A celebration of life ceremony will follow at 2 p.m. with Certified Life Celebrant Linda Register officiating. His urn will be buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Alliance of Therapy Dogs.
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