Mr. Melvin Thomas “Tommy” Taylor


Mr. Melvin Thomas “Tommy” Taylor, 85, husband of the late Dorothy Ayres Taylor and a resident of Parksley, passed away Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, at Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock. Born June 21, 1933, in Mears, he was the son of the late Melvin C. Taylor and Helen Godwin Taylor.

Mr. Taylor proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and later retired from the former John W. Taylor Packing Company, where he worked as a label room foreman for many years. As a lifelong member of Bethel Baptist Church, Mr. Taylor was very active, having served as deacon, trustee, and on the property committee.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his sisters and their husbands, Betty Taylor Harris (Fred) and Mildred Elizabeth Taylor Williams (Roy), and infant sister, Betty Taylor. Mr. Taylor is survived by his nieces and nephew, Faith Maddox and husband, John, of Hallwood, Fred Harris and wife, Roxie, of Florida, and Beth Lafferty, of Bloxom; and their families.

Funeral services were conducted from the chapel of the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019, with Mr. John Maddox and Mr. George Fulk officiating. Interment followed at the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 278, Bloxom, VA 23308.

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Arrangements were made by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

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