Benjamin "Ben" Taylor, 88, of Pittsboro, passed away on Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the SECU Jim & Betsy Bryant UNC Hospice Home in Pittsboro, NC.
Mr. Taylor was born August 27, 1931 to the late Claudus and Bunia Whitner Taylor in Dyersville, NC. The family moved to Durham in 1933. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Johnny and Leonard Taylor; sisters, Gracie Ayers and Sue Beddingfield; and his first wife, Clara Copler Taylor; and stepson, Joe Atlas Taylor.
Mr. Taylor is survived by his wife his wife of 36 years, Susan Barrett Taylor; his brother, Howard Taylor (Joyce) of Durham, NC; sisters, Mildred T. Jones of Creedmoor, NC and Mary T. Hillard of Myrtle Beach, SC; several nieces and nephews; and family friends, Scott LeRoy (Julie) of Tampa, FL.
Mr. Taylor graduated from Oak Grove School in 1949. He served in the National Guard for 10 years and was stationed in Durham, NC. Ben was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Ben had various jobs before becoming a power lineman, retiring from Williams Electric with 37 years in power line construction. Williams Electric was a contractor for Duke Power.
Ben enjoyed having a vegetable garden and trying new types of crops. He also enjoyed cooking and working with his hands. He made lovely birdhouses for his wife to paint.
A graveside service for family will be held on Friday, May 29, at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Durham, NC.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in Ben's memory be made to the SECU Jim and Betsy Bryan UNC Hospice Home, PO Box 1077, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
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