Billy Traylor, beloved husband, father and grandfather went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at the age of 90. He was born on February 5, 1931, in Bailey to Mary and Holman Traylor.
He graduated from Bailey High School in 1948. He played basketball in high school and was on the team when they advanced to the state championship. He joined the US Army immediately after graduation and spent his 18th birthday on the island of Guam. He was assigned to the Second Infantry Division, Quartermaster Unit in a combat zone where he transported vital supplies to the troops during the Korean War.
After returning to Texas, Billy caught a glimpse of Alma Joyce Wilcox while she was working as a teller at Wolfe City National Bank. They fell in love and married in 1952. They moved to Dallas so Billy could attend barber college. He owned a barber shop where he worked in Oak Cliff for over 45 years. He made friends easily and was respected by all of his customers.
Billy and Joyce were blessed to be the parents of 3 sons: Gary, Jeff and Jon, whom they loved and adored. After Joyce’s retirement from Merrill Lynch and the sale of his barber shop, they enjoyed spending time with family and traveling. They raised and cherished their grandchildren. His grandchildren affectionately called him “PaPaw.” He was a very strong presence in their lives. His sons referred to him as their “Rock.” He will be sorely missed.
Billy is survived by his sons: Gary and wife Janet Traylor, Jeff and wife Christi Traylor, and Jon and wife Cindy Traylor. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Zackery Traylor, Abigail and husband Tim Turner, Henry Traylor, Matthew Traylor, Caroline Traylor, Lucas Traylor, Rebecca Traylor, Connor White and Kayla White. He is also survived by his brother Tom Traylor, brother-in-law Dwight and wife Sandra Wilcox, sister-in-law Eva Wilcox, brother-in-law Don Williams and numerous nieces and nephews.
The visitation will be Monday, November 22, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.at Mt. Carmel Cemetery Chapel in Wolfe City. The funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. It will be conducted by Brother Gary McCaleb.