Community Comes Together In Memory Of Resident

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

On January 14th, 91 year old William Taylor was beaten and robbed in his home in Bell County. He later died from the injuries he suffered in that attack. Some people suspect money for drugs as a motive and Saturday, people in his community came together to pray for those battling drug addiction and to remember William Taylor.

With heads bowed in prayer, the Frakes community in Bell County remembered William Taylor, though it was hard to forget the violent way he lost his life.

"It pointed to the challenges we face in our community and the only way we can deal with this is through God's help," said Mike Tupper with the Hope United Methodist Church.

The morning of prayer focused on those hoping to overcome drug abuse, though Taylor's family hopes to turn the tragedy around by creating a foundation in his name.

"We want to prevent this from happening to other elderly through security. Something good could come out of the horrible tragedy that happened to our father," said Elaine Duvall, Taylor's daughter.

"We want this foundation to go toward helping elderly people of this community with safety and security issues," said Kathy Taylor, Taylor's daughter.

Relatives say the William J. Taylor Foundation will offer security systems, motion detector lights, anything to make the elderly feel safe in their homes.

"If one person through this foundation can be saved from robbery or being beaten up, that's what we want," Taylor said.

While the community remembers Taylor's spirit and livelihood, his daughters say this tragedy has affected their memories of home.

"It's tainted now through what's happened there but coming into this little church is just warm. It's like, you can feel the warmth and it's wonderful. I haven't felt that until now until today," Duvall said.

Taylor's family thanks the community for their support and hopes to have the William J. Taylor Foundation organized in the next few weeks.

Taylor's memorial service will be March 15th.

The family is asking for donations to the foundation in lieu of flowers.

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