On May 20, 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 Sept. 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 community’s 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 U.S. 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 $25. 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 lifetime 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 Buscek, 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; his granddaughters, Stacia Ayers Andrews of Winston-Salem, Denise Madden and spouse, Jonathan, of Purlear, Deanna and Katie Ryder, both of Charlotte, and Taylor Nunn of North Wilkesboro; a grandson, Brandon Lovette of North Wilkesboro; and three great-grandchildren, Mattie, Kelsey and Bryce Madden.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Miller Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Roger Wagoner officiating. Graveside services will be private. The family will receive friends at Miller Funeral Service from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McGrady Fire Department, 11461 Sparta Road, McGrady, N.C. 28649 or to the Humane Society of Wilkes, P.O. Box 306, North Wilkesboro, N.C. 28659.

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 five months: Martha, Marlene, Renee, Amanda, Jeannie, Vanessa and Courtney.

Miller Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

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