Delmas James Taylor


Mr. Delmas James Taylor, 73, of Chincoteague Island, passed away Dec. 27, 2021, at TidalHealth in Salisbury, Md.

Delmas was born Feb. 23, 1948, on a cold winter day in Bloxom, a son to the late Delmas and Georgie (Rowley) Taylor.

After growing up and graduating high school, Delmas married the love of his life, Debbie, and together they raised their only child, Billy, on Chincoteague Island, while he worked for VDOT and eventually retired as a supervisor here on the Shore after 46 years.

Being civic minded, Delmas joined the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, eventually becoming a Saltwater Cowboy. He also lent his time to the Accomack Masonic Lodge #243 and the Royal Arch #75 and remained a member of all three organizations until the time of his passing.

In his spare time, he loved to work on small engines and carved decoys with his buddies at the Spit-n-Whittle Club.

Delmas is survived by his wife of 48 years, Debra Christie Taylor, of Chincoteague Island; his son, James William “Billy” Taylor, of Chincoteague Island; three sisters, Ernestine Bowden and Elizabeth Donaway, both of Virginia, and Ruth Anne Bell, of Illinois; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved fur-buddy, Jake.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Burleigh Taylor.

Graveside services will be held Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at 2 p.m., at the Downing Cemetery in Oak Hall, with the Rev. Maury Enright officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the CVFC Ambulance Fund, P.O. BOX 691, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336.

Services are entrusted to Salyer Funeral Home Inc. on Chincoteague Island.

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