U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Taylor Wilson left this world and returned to the care of the Lord on June 19, 2018 while stationed at MCAS New River in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He was 32.
Taylor, who was born in Montgomery and graduated from Daphne High School in 2004, was beloved by everyone who knew him personally.
He was a hugger, a lover, a fighter, a father and best friend to his son, and a loyal husband. He had a huge heart for his family and his friends.
He never met a stranger, because he loved to talk to people and had a generous sense of humor. Taylor effortlessly made others feel special and the people who met him throughout life remembered this foremost about him.
Taylor was one of the best among us, and his friends and family pray their thoughts and words and actions may serve as much purpose as his did. We rededicate ourselves to making the world a better place the way Taylor did, and as Taylor would have wanted us to do.
Taylor joined the Marine Corps out of high school in August 2004 and served three deployments abroad, including al-Asad and al-Qaim, Iraq in 2006; on the USS Nimitz in 2007; and in al-Asad again in 2009.
He accepted Christ at an early age and was raised in the United Methodist Church (Frazer Memorial UMC in Montgomery and Spanish Fort UMC in Spanish Fort). Taylor was baptized and confirmed in the United Methodist Church. He converted to Mormonism in 2004 and was an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he taught a Youth Sunday School Class.
Taylor was very close to his siblings, both in age and in spirit.
Taylor loved sports of all kinds, particularly football and baseball, and loved the Daphne Trojans as well as the Auburn Tigers, Atlanta Braves, Carolina Panthers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He was a lover of cheese, gumbo and hot sauce.
Taylor is survived by his wife, Nina Winberg Wilson; his son, Gabriel Lane Wilson; his father, John Lane Wilson of Biloxi, Mississippi; his mother, Dawn Wilson of Daphne; his sister, Samantha Wilson of Trussville; his brother, Daniel and his wife Rebecca Wilson of Loxley; and his grandparents, Paul and Elaine Wilson of Montgomery. He is also survived by numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, the entire Winberg family, many special friends and his Marine Corps family.
Taylor was preceded in death by his Grandmother Jo and Grandfather Jack Langie of Peoria Heights, Illinois.
Visitation will be held, Sunday, July 1, 2018, 5 until 7 p.m., from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Daphne.
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 2, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. from the church.
Interment will follow at 11 a.m. at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort.
In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for contributions to an online fundraiser at GoFundMe for Gabriel Wilson's college fund (gf.me/u/jc8xq3), or to the National Veterans Foundation - No One Left Behind (Vet-to-Vet assistance).
Arrangements by Wolfe-Bayview Funeral Homes & Crematory Inc., 27409 U.S. Hwy. 98, Daphne, Alabama 36526, 251-625-2900, www.wolfefuneralhomes.com.