SFC Andrew R. Taylor, 32, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 1, 2014) at his residence in Hope Mills, N.C.
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Born Nov. 20, 1981, in Bradford, he was a son of William R. and Debra Wilson Taylor of Bradford. He was 2000 graduate of Bradford High School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army in April of 2001. He completed his basic training in Fort Benning, Ga., received his engineer training in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., airborne training in Fort Bragg, N.C., and completed training for jump master and earned the coveted Jump Master Badge. He also completed training for the Warrior Leaders Course, Advanced Leaders Course, and the Combat Life Savers Course.
He completed four combat tours between Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as platoon sergeant and battalion operation sergeant. He was awarded three Bronze Service Medals, one Army Accommodation Medal, two Army Achievement Medals, Meritorious Service Medals, one National Defense Service Medal, three Afghanistan Service Medals with three Bronze Campaign Stars, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with one Bronze Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Nation Defense Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, and the Senior Parachutist Badge.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, is his wife, Angela M. (Harpster) Taylor, and two daughters, Kayla Taylor and Annabel Taylor, all of Bradford; one brother, Eric (Jennifer) Taylor of Bradford; one niece, Kierstin Taylor; one nephew, Preston Taylor; four aunts, Martha T. (Bob Lassiter) Ahrens of Arlington, Va., Mikki (Joe) Huss of Kirtland, Ohio, and JoAnn Wilson and Linda Close, both of Bradford; six uncles, Peter W. (Kathleen) Taylor of Olean, N.Y., Thomas E. Taylor of Slidell, La., James M. Taylor of Denver, Donald R. Taylor of Jacksonville, Fla., John J. (Karen) Taylor of Denver, and Paul Babasick of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his aunt, Anne Taylor Babasick.
Family will be receiving friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc., 372 East Main St. Friends are also invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. Saturday in St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church, 98 East Corydon St., with the Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor, as celebrant. Full military honors will be accorded outside church after the Mass by members of the military from Fort Bragg. Entombment will be in St. Bernard Mausoleum.
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Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
372 East Main Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 8 to Jan. 15, 2014