If you didn’t like to sing, you were out of luck at meetings of the Orangeburg Kiwanis Club.
As an active member of Kiwanis for four decades, William Thomas “Bill” Taylor Sr. was the Orangeburg club’s song leader, meaning that as part of every meeting he led the members in singing patriotic songs. He expected people to sing and let that be known. And sing the Kiwanians and guests did.
Taylor, who died Sept. 5 at age 83, had a gift of music, using his voice, the harmonica and the piano to entertain. Plus he knew how to talk – and make people laugh.
His ability to entertain went beyond music. As the auctioneer for the Orangeburg Rotary Club’s scholarship auction for many years, he was named an honorary member of the group that meets at noon on Tuesdays.
Taylor was also an integral part of the Orangeburg business community for years.
He was president and owner of Hospitality Management Associates Inc. and, over a period of more than 40 years, developed, owned and operated over 30 hotels in the Southeast. These properties included Holiday Inns, Hampton Inns, Best Westerns, Quality Inns and others.
Taylor was also involved in the apartment business through his investments with Meridia, Inc. In this capacity, he was involved in the development and ownership of over 3,000 apartment units in North and South Carolina.
He and his late wife, Peggy, were founding members of Trinity Presbyterian Church and active members for 30-plus years.
Lift your voice to heaven and sing. Bill Taylor did. And he would expect all to join in.