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Big O Tires Hall of Famer Bill Taylor Has Died

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William “Bill” Taylor, a member of the Big O Tires Hall of Fame, died at his home at Kentucky Lake, Ky., on Oct. 14. He was 77.

TBC Corp., which owns the Big O Tires franchise, asked that his story be shared with fellow industry leaders and tire dealers:

Bill, a member of the Big O Tires family for more than forty years, was an integral part of the Big O Tires organization.  He began his career with O.K. Rubber Welder, the predecessor to Big O Tires in Louisville, KY in the 1950s as a tire technician. Just two short years later, at the age of 23, Bill transitioned to the owner of the store and shortly after he became the regional vice president of the Kentuckiana franchise group – owning and operating 20 Big O Tires locations with his business partner, and fellow Hall of Fame member, Dohn Graham.

Some of Bill’s other accomplishments include:

 Being inducted into the Big O Tires Hall of Fame in 1997

Contributing to the success of Big O Tires and leading the organization to be the number one tire retailer in the Louisville market

His selfless dedication, keen business sense, and flair for marketing and advertising helped to firmly establish Big O Tires as a leading retailer. Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Freda, one brother, three daughters, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren with one on the way.

Cremation services took place in Paducah, Ky. A celebration of his life will be held 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, with a memorial service following at River City Worship Center, 7515 3rd Street Road, Louisville, KY 40214.

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