Billy Traylor

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HUGHES SPRINGS Funeral services for Billy Merrell Traylor, 84, of Winnsboro, formerly of Hughes Springs, will be at 10:00 AM Friday, January 23, at First Baptist Church in Hughes Springs, with Bro. Charles Ethridge and Bro. Mickey Rorex officiating. Burial will be at Hughes Springs Cemetery under the direction of Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Inc. Family may received friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Traylor was born on November 23, 1924 to George Ernest and Lola Mae Traylor in Hughes Springs, TX and died Tuesday, January 20 at a Tyler hospital. He was a member of Pine Street Baptist Church in Winnsboro, a member of the Second Milers Sunday School Class, and former member of First Baptist Church of Hughes Springs. He was a 60-year member and an endowed member of Hughes Springs Masonic Lodge #671, a member of the American Legion, and was Hughes Springs Postmaster for 28 years. He was awarded a Golden Globe by the Hughes Springs Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States. He served in the US Army, earning five battle stars in the European Theatre during World War II, and served in Pattons Third Army. Survivors include his wife Betty Traylor of Winnsboro; one son and daughter-in-law Dr. Norman and Deborah Traylor of Beaumont; one daughter and son-in-law Nan and Dave Saucier of Winnsboro; one sister-in-law and husband Richard and Jean Lea of Orange; five grandchildren Billy Saucier and Cody Saucier of Winnsboro, Scott Traylor, Kimberlee Galvan and Christopher Traylor, all of Beaumont and 10 great-grandchildren; five nephews Jay Berry of Dallas, Bill Berry of Austin, Matt Berry of Austin, Billy Mike Traylor of Gilmer and Randy Traylor, of Hughes Springs; one niece Bret Lea of Austin; and one first cousin Alison Middleton of Hallsville. In lieu of flowers, friends may leave donations to the Hughes Springs Library Fund or the Hughes Springs Alumnae Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be left at

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  1. Our thoughts are with you at this time. My dad, Red, sure thought and thinks alot of Mr. Traylor. I know this is a hard time for the family but time will heal that hurt and our prayers are with you.

  2. Robby & I did not know Mr. Traylor but work with his grandson Cody whom we know loved his grandfather very much. We do offer our condolences to you Cody and your family in this time of grief. Out thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. We consider it a great privilege and blessing to have known Billy Traylor. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty and the rest of the family.

  4. We were sorry to hear about the loss of Mr. Billy. As far back as I can remember, he was always at the post office talking and laughing with everyone. He would take the time to talk to me even though I was just a little girl. I am very sorry for your loss.

  5. We shared many happy memories over the years with Billy and Betty. Our thoughts and prayers are with the many remaining family memories who will miss Billy, especially Betty. I would call Billy on the phone and just say, "Is this Goat?" and he would immediately say, "How are you doing Pee Wee!" We had many great times together.I will miss him.

  6. NanFrom all of us at Mineola Community Bank.We are so sorry for your loss.Our thoughts and prayers are with you.Freda

  7. Nan, Dave, Billy, and Cody – I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  8. They say it takes a village to raise a child. In my recollections of the folks contributing to my "raising," there is always a remembrance of the well-kept house on 4th Street, of the Postmaster who always had an encouraging word, and his bride, active in the church and elsewhere, who spoke volumes with her quiet elegance. Thana and I mourn with you today, but we remember with gratitude the well-lived life of a kind man, and the generous contributions of his entire family to a fortunate community of people.

  9. Nan,I was sorry to hear about your sweet daddy. I surely wish I could go to the funeral today, but I can't. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you,Lou Ann

  10. Such wonderful memories of a wonderful man. So many to cherish. My prayers are with you. God Bless you.

  11. We are so sorry to learn of Bill's death. He was a great friend and neighbor in the 11 years that we lived in Hughes Springs. We loved he and Betty dearly. Give her our condolences.

  12. Nan II'm so sorry to hear about your Dad–May God Blessing You and your family at this time From all the Hopkins family

  13. Just found out about Billy and want to express my sadness for you all. He was a great man and everyone has many good memories of him.

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