Willard Marshall Taylor 80 of Hickory passed away Friday, April 12th, 2019. Born August 31st, 1938 he was the son of Wreth Taylor and Madeline Leatherman. A native to the area, he lived his life in Catawba County and served in the United States Marine Corps from 1956 to 1960.
Willard was a loving father, sibling, and friend to many. He was a Christian known for his generosity, his sense of humor, and his love of music. He was an avid collector with the ability to quickly identify and pass on a bargain. Willard was the patron and the house; when dealt a difficult hand, he was strong, played well, and knew when to cash out. He will be deeply missed.
A Celebration of Life will be 4:00 pm Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 - 4:00 pm Tuesday April 16, 2019 at the Celebration Center of Jenkins Funeral Home.
A Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church 720 W. 13th St. Newton, NC 28658.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.jenkinsfuneralhome.net. The Taylor family has entrusted arrangements to Jenkins Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Newton 828-464-1555.