James Taylor, Jr.

James B. Taylor, Jr.

1945 - 2022

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James B. Taylor, Jr, 76, of Charlotte, passed away June 20, 2022. Born September 13, 1945 in Bethesda, Maryland, he was the son of the late James Taylor, Sr and Winnifred Sause Taylor. However, most of his childhood was spent in the rustbelt city of Youngstown, OH; the tenacity and toughness that flows through the town’s water imbued him with the grit he would need later in life.


He served in the United States Army Infantry in Vietnam from May of 1968 to May of 1969, with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). During his service, James was the recipient of numerous citations including the Bronze Star, Air Medal, and Combat Infantryman Badge.


Later in life, James B. Taylor, Jr was the second employee at a fledgling golf club vendor, right behind his close friend Gary Adams. Shortly after joining the company, it was incorporated under the name TaylorMade. The original TaylorMade Logo was derived from James B. Taylor, Jr.'s personal signature and appeared on countless Metal-woods. In 1984, he joined Tiltiest FootJoy, where he spent over 40 years as a company leader, being named salesman of the year multiple times over his career.


James B. Taylor, Jr. is survived by his wife, Maureen Taylor; his son Christopher (Chris) Taylor and wife, Lauren, and their children Riley, Hayden and Emerson Taylor; his sisters Marianne Albaugh and Denise Allen, and his brothers Michael and Julian; and many more loving friends. He will forever be remembered for his loyalty and integrity, as well as his endlessly cheerful and optimistic demeanor.


In addition to his parents, James B. Taylor, Jr. was preceded in death by his son James Bliss Taylor III and sister Patty Smith.


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