Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Apryle Michelle Taylor, 44, of El Segundo, Calif., and longtime resident of Niceville, Fla., passed away comfortably in her home on July 28, 2012.
Born Aug. 9, 1967, and raised in Lancaster, Pa., Apryle is the daughter of Charles Cook May of Robertsdale, Pa., and Linda Lee May of Lancaster. After graduating from McCaskey High School in 1985, she enlisted in the Air Force as an airman basic. Rising in rank to staff sergeant, Apryle served in various Personnel, Protocol and Enlisted Aide positions at RAF Upper Heyford England, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Langley Air Force Base, Va., and Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska.
Apryle separated active duty in 1998 to attend Wright State University, where she received a B.A. Degree in Political Science and a commission from Air Force ROTC Detachment 643. Her assignments as an officer included service in Operational, Research and Development, and Contingency Contracting positions at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Kadena Air Base, Japan, and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. She also deployed to several locations throughout the Middle East, most notably Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, and Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Throughout her distinguished 21-year career, into her retirement, and until her passing, Apryle remained a proud member of the Air Force Contracting community.
During the course of Apryle's five-year battle with brain cancer, she was a constant source of strength and confidence, and was truly an inspiration to everyone around her. In addition to being a brilliant Air Force officer, Apryle was a loving wife and mother, and a dear friend. She is survived by her parents; husband, Air Force Lt. Col. Jason T. Taylor; son, Austin; and daughter, Julia of El Segundo; sisters, Shana May and Charlene Weitzel of Lancaster; and brother, Charles May Jr. of Robertsdale.
Apryle will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C., with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Apryle's name to the Wounded Warrior Project at http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News on Aug. 5, 2012