Warren G. Taylor, 96, of Van Buren passed away May 18, 2018, in Fort Smith. He was born Oct. 29, 1921, in Van Buren to Alan S. Taylor Sr. and Millie M. Potts Taylor. Warren was a graduate of Van Buren High School and attended Fort Smith Junior College in 1941. He was a retired postal clerk for the U.S. Postal Service and a member of Heritage United Methodist Church.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Force, as tail gunner on the B17 bomber in WWII. During active duty his plane was shot down and he was captured by the German’s and held for 18 months as a POW. Warren volunteered to speak of his experience as a POW to schools, churches and other organizations. He also served on the Sebastian Federal Credit Union, was past commander of the Fort Smith Chapter of American Ex-Prisoner of War Inc., and he was voted Crawford County Volunteer of the Year. Following his retirement for the U.S. Postal Service in Fort Smith, he became an insurance broker, and was a devoted Arkansas Razorback fan and loved the Van Buren High School Football Team.

He is survived by two daughters, Debby Hanna and Diane Hays, both of Van Buren; two grandsons, Eric and wife Morgan Hanna of Fort Smith and Jason Dax Hays and Jennifer Collins of Van Buren; and son-in-law, Philip Hays of Van Buren.

Graveside service will be Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren with full military honors, all under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home in Fort Smith.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Methodist Health and Rehab and Peachtree Hospice for their loving care of their father Warren Taylor. A special thank you to Diana Petrucci of Peachtree Hospice and the Hall caregivers at Methodist, especially Shelli Hartley, for all their loving support by going above and beyond to provide excellent care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Methodist Health and Rehab, 1915 S. 74th St., Fort Smith, AR 72903, or a charity of one’s choice.

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