Originally created 01/05/02

Featured obituary: William Kaylor



For William Kaylor, family was the most important thing in life, say those who knew him.

"His family was very important to him; he loved them dearly," said his former wife Betty Farr. "He was extremely close to his father."

In fact, Mr. Kaylor moved from Amarillo, Texas, to Augusta in 1981 to be near his father, who had been diagnosed with cancer, Ms. Farr said.

"He actually moved next to (his parents) and helped take care of them," she said.

Mr. Kaylor assisted with the care of his father until his death in 1987.

Like his father and three brothers before him, Mr. Kaylor lost his battle with cancer Tuesday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital. He was 58.

Funeral services were Friday at Starling-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Before he died, Mr. Kaylor spent much of his time taking care of his mother, who had a stroke and has been confined to a wheelchair, Ms. Farr said.

"He had her 24/7; he really was her caretaker," she said.

Mr. Kaylor, a native of Cherokee County, N.C., and a graduate of Jackson High School in Jackson, joined the Air Force in the early 1960s at 17 and served for about three years, said his sister Carolyn Key.

After the Air Force, Mr. Kaylor worked for Owens Corning in quality control for about five years. He also worked at Columbia Nitrogen, Daniel Construction and Plant Vogtle.

Besides caring for his mother, Mr. Kaylor enjoyed reading, fishing, working on cars and carpentry, Ms. Farr said.

"He once helped build a room onto my mom's house. He was a kind of jack-of-all-trades," she said. Mr. Kaylor is survived by his mother, America Kaylor; a son, William Christopher Kaylor; a stepdaughter, Wendy Fulmer; a stepson, Robin Jeffcoat; two brothers, Ralph and Charles Kaylor; two grandchildren, Amanda and Seth Fulmer; and a niece, Brittany Key.