William Milburn Taylor

william taylor

October 23, 1941 ~ March 16, 2023

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

William Milburn Taylor, 81, passed away on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at his residence after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Taylor was born in Buncombe County to the late George and Christine Herren Taylor. He was also preceded in death by his brother, George Herren Taylor.

William was a member of Skyland First Baptist Church. He was retired from Taylor Instrument Company as an Engineer.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Roberts Taylor; a daughter, Lynn Taylor Abed and her husband, David; a granddaughter, Whitney Abed and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He loved his family well.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 20, 2023 at 2:00 PM at Skyland First Baptist Church with Pastor Robert Ponder and Reverend Bob Finley officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Skyland First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center, 2115 Hendersonville Road, Arden, NC 28704 or to ABCCM, 20 20th Street, Asheville, NC 28806.


Funeral Service: March 20, 2023 2:00 pm

Skyland First Baptist Church
2115 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704


Visitation: March 20, 2023 1:00 pm - March 4, 2024 2:00 pm

Skyland First Baptist Church
2115 Hendersonville Road
Arden, NC 28704



Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

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  1. Mary, Lynn and Family, I am so saddened to hear of Milburn’s passing. He was one of my favorite people. I have many wonderful memories of Milburn when his family lived in Fairview near us many years ago. Please know that all Milburn’s family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. So sorry for your loss. We are covering you in prayers today and in the days to come.

  3. Remembering when I stayed with Milburn, Aunt Christine, and Uncle George when they lived on Lousiana Avenue. This allowed me to ride the bus to my first job in “uptown Asheville”.

    With grateful and loving memories,
    Janice Herren Israel

  4. Mary, Pat and I were sorry to hear of the passing of Bill. He fought so hard, with you by his side. Be proud that you did so much, Your family has always been so kind to us for many years. I have always enjoyed talking with Bill, he was always so gracious to me. Please let us know if we can assist you now and in the future.

  5. We are so sorry to learn of Bill’s passing. I played basketball with Bill at Lee Edwards and worked with him at Taylor Instrument. He was always a wonderful Christian gentleman, humble and kind. We will miss him, but know that he is no longer suffering any pain. Our prayers are with the family in these sad days.

  6. Dear family of our beloved Milburn, Goose as we called him at Hall Fletcher Jr. High . Milburn was one of a kind. A true gentleman in ever sense of the word, kind,Christian man all of his life. Outstanding basketball player, he would use his legs to give him extra lift on his jump shot to give advantage over other players. Everyone loved him because of his gentle demeanor and his smile. Look forward to our time together in Heaven. God bless your family.

  7. I worked many years with Bill at Taylor Instrument. He was an exemplary employee who was widely respected for his graciousness, extensive knowledge and outstanding work ethic. It was an honor to count him as a friend. I will always remember his winning smile, delightful sense of humor and attitude of sincere caring for others. I will miss him. Alice and I extend our deepest sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

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