May 5, 1940 ~ April 21, 2021

Born in: Buncombe Co., NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Wayne Ray Taylor died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

A native of Buncombe Co., he was born May 5th, 1940 to the late Herman Melvin Taylor and Grace Crook Taylor. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Billie Ann Williams Taylor.

Mr. Taylor was the owner and operator of Moss Body Shop, which he ran for 42 years until his retirement in 2011.

He is survived by one son, Terrence Ray Taylor of Asheville; brothers, Gerald M. Taylor of Mission, TX, and Larry C. Taylor (Carla) of Asheville; sister, Jeanette Taylor Williams of Marietta, GA; several nieces and nephews; and special niece, Kim Williams, who was the caregiver for both Billie and Wayne for a number of years.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Masks are required.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org.

Services

Visitation: April 25, 2021 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

Funeral Service: April 25, 2021 3:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806

(828)252-3535
http://www.grocefuneralhome.com

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  1. I worked many claims at Moss Body Shop with Wayne from the 1970s to the 1990s when I was an appraiser with Nationwide, Aetna and Crawford & Company. Wayne always treated me with respect and we always had a meeting of the minds on damages. My deepest sympathy to Wayne’s family and friends. He was a class act which is rare these days. Gerry Huntley, CPCU. 828-318-4013. gerryh1947@yahoo.com

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  2. My sincere condolences to Terry, Kim and all family members! He was a community treasure and will be remembered for a long time.

    Annette Coleman, Retired Bank of America
    & First Citizens Bank

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  3. Prayers to the Taylor family, and all who love him! Wayne was a very kind man who was always so patient with my mother, Sylvia, his cousin. Anytime there was a question about anything automotive, she would seek out his opinion and wisdom. He always had the answer, even if it was not exactly what she wanted to hear. May happy memories bring us all comfort. Rest In Peace, sweet cousin.

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  4. Wayne & my dad worked together for years at Parkland Chevrolet & I got to know him doing work at his shop & home. He was a very nice & giving man. I will miss him.

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  5. Dear Taylor family,
    We share our heartfelt prayers with you all as we know Wayne will be surely missed. We will remember him for his strong walk through the pasture, and gentle hand towards the horses. He was a gracious neighbor, we are thankful to have known him.

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