Bill Taylor, 84


Bill Taylor, 84, of Greensburg, Kentucky, passed away January 13th at his home. He was the son of Egbert V. and Mabel Standerford and was born on September 17, 1931.


 He was the past Secretary of the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows (1978-2001), the longest serving Secretary in the history of the association. He was also the former Mayor and City Council Member of Greensburg, Kentucky.


A longtime member of the KAFHS, Bill was definitely one of the stalwarts of the group founded 69 years ago. He was a longtime member of the Green County Fair Board serving as president, secretary and treasurer as well and served in the Kentucky State Fair World's Championship Horse Show Office for many years. He earned the distinction of Secretary Emeritus of the Kentucky Association of Fairs & Horse Shows. He was the Presentation Chairman at the World’s Championship Horse Show held during the Kentucky State Fair for thirty-one years. His son, David, served as one of the official gate men for some 25 years at the World's Championship Horse Show. Bill retired from the Equine Associations several years ago but faithfully attended the Kentucky State Fair and the KAFHS Convention along with other related events with his wife, Suzanne.


He was a member and elder of the Greensburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was a lifetime member of the Greensburg Lodge F&AM 54 and lifetime member of Scottish Rites 32 degree. He was a U. S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a Life Member of Rod Lowe Post 124 of the American Legion and served as The American Legion State Commander 1967-68.  A Life Member of the VFW. He served as Mayor of the City of Greensburg for three terms and was the President of the Kentucky League of Cities in 1987.  Also was a City Council member for the City of Greensburg for 22 years. Bill was also a member of the Greensburg Rotary Club and was its president 1977-78.  He served on the Lake Cumberland Area District Development Board and was chairman in 1987-88 and again in 1995. Bill was Secretary of Beach Master Unit 1 reunion group.


He was a great family man and a friend to many in all walks of live. He was also a friend to this magazine from it's inception in 1972 and he will be greatly missed. During his time he made friends from all over the state, “Friendships that will last forever.”


Bill is survived by his wife of 62 year, Suzanne Turner Taylor of Greensburg; four sons and three daughters-in-law, Bill Taylor, Jr. and his companion, Beverly Fitzgerald of Greensburg, Daniel and Joset Taylor of North Carolina, David and Alicia Taylor, and Jim and Sue Taylor all of Greensburg; ix grandchildren, Nikki Taylor of Campbellsville, Alex Taylor and his wife, Kaitlyn, Matthew Taylor, Elliott Taylor, Rachel Taylor, and Chandler Taylor all of Greensburg; a step-grandchild,  Dakota Hall of Greensburg; and a brother and sister-in-law, Thomas C. and Sonya Taylor of North Carolina.


Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death, Egbert Taylor, Jr., Robert E. Taylor and Joan Gumm.


The funeral services were conducted on Saturday, January 16 at the Cowherd and Parrott Funeral Home in Greensburg with burial in the Greensburg Cemetery with full military honors.


Memorials are suggested to the Greensburg/Green County 911 Center, American Legion Rod Lowe Post #124 Building Fund, or the Greensburg Cumberland Presbyterian Church Crossroads Program, which can be made at the funeral home.




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