From the Fayetteville Democrat 22 February 1900:
Mr. W.B. Taylor died Tuesday at the residence of his nephew, Mr. J.F. Taylor, in this city, after a long illness of several months. The remains were buried in the Confederate Cemetery yesterday afternoon. "Uncle Whit" Taylor, as he was familiarly called, has been one of the best known men in Washington County since the settlement of the county. He came here when a young man and here he spent the remainder of his long life, having reached the age of 85. He always took an active interest in public affairs and his sympathy and influence were always with the toiling man. In his death, Washington County loses a great citizen. He was converted several years ago and died in full faith of the Christian religion.