Robert Taylor Sr.

Class of 1995

Bob was born December 12, 1932 in Brooks County, GA. He attended Quitman High School, lettering in basketball, baseball and football all four years. On two State Champion teams, he earned a football scholarship to Florida State University. He also attended Valdosta State College and Georgia State College.

His sales career in the candy and tobacco industries started with the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co. He entered the broker business in 1959, and at the time of his induction was president and owner of Burdette Beckmann, Inc. of Hollywood, FL.

His wife Sherry, who married Bob in 1956, joined the business, as did their son, Robert Jr. They also raised a daughter, Robin.

Bob is the recipient of Florida Tobacco & Candy Association Bear Award, an American Wholesale Marketers Association Candy Ambassador honor, along with many Broker of the Year and Salesperson of the Year honors from various manufacturers.

Bob passed away on September 11, 2021.