On May 20th, 2019, Bryce Kermit Taylor (88) passed from his earthly home and was received by the Good Lord.

He was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church. Bryce was born September 1, 1930 in Wilkes County to Wiley and Lousana Taylor. He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Annie; his brother, Claude; the wife and mother of his four daughters, Mary Alice Taylor; and his first born daughter, Sandra Elizabeth Taylor Ayers.

Bryce was a true self-made man, as he alongside his wife Mary owned and operated Taylor’s Grocery and Service in McGrady for over 30 years. Their store served as the communities gathering place with a regular crowd gathering there several times a week. He played an integral part of the establishment of the McGrady Fire Department and faithfully served in the fire department for 25 years. As a young man Bryce served in the Navy as a steward to the Chaplain for a year and half. After the service, Bryce’s father signed a loan for him to borrow twenty-five dollars. Bryce then used this money to travel to Detroit where he could earn better wages in a car factory versus working in Wilkes.

Bryce’s passions as a young man were collecting stamps, coins, knives and guns. He was a life time lover of Baseball with the Atlanta Braves being his team. In his later years his main passion was to feed any hungry animal that entered his backyard. In his last 17 months his son-in-law, Denny Bucsek, inherited the task of feeding the animals behind his home.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Shirley Arnold Taylor of North Wilkesboro; three daughters, Sue Buscek and spouse Denny of Wilkesboro, Reba Taylor of North Wilkesboro, and Diane Ryder of Wilkesboro; granddaughters, Stacia Ayers Andrews of Winston Salem, Denise Madden and spouse Jonathan of Purlear, Deanna and Katie Ryder both of Charlotte, Taylor Nunn of North Wilkesboro; grandson, Brandon Lovette of North Wilkesboro; and great grandchildren, Mattie, Kelsey and Bryce Madden.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Miller Funeral Chapel with Rev. Roger Wagoner officiating. Graveside service will be private. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 1:00 until 2:00 on Sunday, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McGrady Fire Department, 11461 Sparta Road, McGrady, NC 28649 or to the Humane Society of Wilkes, PO Box 306, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659. Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may made to www.millerfuneralservice.com

The family wishes to thank everyone who has extended their kindness, support and prayers. The family extends their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Mountain Valley Hospice and particularly to Bryce’s hospice nurse, Rhiannon Prevette. Thanks to Terry Taylor, Brian Taylor, David Harold, Kim Caudill, Wallace Taylor and Rick Viles for serving as pallbearers. Thanks to all the sweet and compassionate caretakers for their help during the past 5 months: Martha, Marlene, Renee, Amanda, Jeannie, Vanessa and Courtney.

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