John Alex “Buddy” Taylor, Jr.

January 12, 1938 - November 7, 2016
John Alex “Buddy” Taylor, Jr.


John Alex “Buddy” Taylor, Jr. age 78 of Wilmington passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016 at his home.

He was born in Wilmington on January 12, 1938 to John A. Taylor, Sr. and Alice Sullivan Taylor.

Buddy was a life-long member of Gibson Avenue Baptist Church and served in many ways including an usher and helped with the Food Pantry. Buddy was a graduate of New Hanover High School and served in the NC National Guard from 1955 to 1965. He loved playing golf and was a member at Echo Farms Country Club and Riegelwood Country Club. Buddy was a talented Auto Body Repair Mechanic operating Taylor’s Body Shop for many years.

Buddy is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marie Willetts Taylor, they were married January 24, 1960;  one son, John Alex Taylor, III and his wife Angela, and one daughter Jennifer Taylor Guertin; four grandchildren, Allyson Andrews (Calin), Michael Guertin(Kaitlyn), Eric Vierling (Carol), and Tiffany Gibson (Scott); three great grandchildren, Berkleigh Andrews, Addison Andrews, and Andrew Gibson; four sisters, Shirley Pigford, Carolyn Lewis, Bonnie Tompkins, and Donna Gideon; and his step-mother June Taylor.

The family will see friends from 6 to 8 pm Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

Funeral services will be held 2 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Gibson Avenue Baptist Church officiated by Rev. Tex Floyd, Rev. Vic Potter, and Rev. Larry Knowles.  Pallbearers will be Michael Guertin, Calin Andrews, Jeff Smith, Kevin Smith, Jamie Gideon, and Tim Willetts. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie O’Neil, Paul Piner, Jimmy Gideon, Tony Tompkins, and Lee Manning.

In lieu of flowers remember Buddy with a memorial gift to Gibson Ave. Baptist Church by visiting

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403  910.791.9099

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  • November 08, 2016
    John Tabone says:
    Our sincerest condolences on your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. With sympathy, Your friends at IKS Health

  • November 08, 2016
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  • November 08, 2016
    Gary Smithwick says:
    Buddy was a fine gentleman and the best left handed golfer and auto body man I ever knew. And he will be greatly missed.

  • November 09, 2016
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