Virginia Mae (Davis) Taylor

Published 3:27 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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Virginia Mae (Davis) Taylor, 89, Elizabethton, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, May 20, 2024, at Life Care of Elizabethton following a lengthy illness. She was born August 23, 1934 in Carter County to the late Robert E. and Virgie L. Davis.

Virginia was a member of Moore’s Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Even though she had not attended due to sickness, she still loved her church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Jay Taylor; two sons, Robert and James Wiley; a daughter, Kathy Douglas; her brother, Herfel Davis; and her sister, Larna Taylor.

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Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Norman and Cheryl Wiley, Oldsmar, Fla.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lois and Johnnie Trivett, Kingston, Tenn., and Sue and Arthur Carden, Elizabethton, and a brother-in-law, Granville Taylor, Elizabethton; her grandchildren, Tommy and Bryan Wiley of Mississippi, Jeffery and Michael Wiley of Florida, Jennifer Wiley of Florida and Greg Douglas of Mississippi; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She also was loved by two special friends who constantly checked on her, Richard Donnelly and Anna Ruth Pierce.

A Service to Celebrate the Life of Virginia will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Richard Blevins and her nephew, Michael Taylor, officiating. Music will be provided by Robin Presnell. The graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, in the Davis Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Friday, will be Michael Taylor, Kelvin Cannon, Arthur Carden, Johnnie Trivett, Charlie Campbell and Roy Willis. Honorary pallbearers will be The Class of 1953, Unaka High School. Many thanks to Amy Willis for the care for her when she was in the hospital and Lori Burelson, her sitter for the last eight months at the nursing home. Also, for the great compassionate care from Gentiva during her final days. To the many great CNA’s that cared for her we truly thank you for your compassionate care. Also to a long-time friend of hers, Charlie Campbell. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday prior to the service. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Friday to go in procession to the cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website,

Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Taylor family.