David Edwin Taylor Jr., 77, of Roaring River passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson.
Funeral services with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, at Wilkesboro United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Karen Roberts officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m., prior to the service at the church.
Mr. Taylor was born June 2, 1942, in Cambridge, Mass., to David Edwin Taylor Sr. and Erna F. Cummings Taylor. He was a federal government contractor.
Mr. Taylor served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Mr. Taylor retired from the U.S. Navy on Feb. 28, 1981. He was a member of the Wilkesboro United Methodist Church, was very active in the United Methodist Men, served as the kitchen chairperson and was a trustee of the church. He loved to cook, especially for church dinners, loved his church and church family, loved his children and grandchildren, and his 1969 Mustang.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Dawn Marie Taylor Hoggarth.
He is survived by his wife, Janice Kay Morris Taylor of the home; a daughter, Yvonne Rainieri LaDoueur and husband, Kyle, of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; a stepdaughter, Stephanie Michelle Priest Williams and husband, Patrick, of Smyrna, Ga.; four sons, David Edwin Taylor III and wife, Tamara, of Mocksville, Dwayne Edward Taylor of Belleview, Fla., Freddy Taylor and Nicholas Daniel Rainieri Taylor and wife, Jenna, of Chaptico, Md.; a stepson, Stephen Michael Priest and wife, Shakina, of California, Md.; 17 grandchildren, Danielle Taylor, Donald Young, Dyllan Young, Eddy Quesnel, Jeramie Taylor, Nichole Quesnel, Nina Taylor, Cayla Taylor, Tyaira Priest, Kyaira Priest, Arianna Taylor, Kyle Williams, Brantley Taylor, Taylor Williams, Aislynn LaDouceur, Cailyn Taylor and Ryleigh LaDouceur; five great-grandchildren, Connor Taylor, Isabella Taylor, Rose Quesnel, Corbin Taylor and Atticus Lovenguth; five brothers, Paul Taylor and wife, Andrea, of Shrewsbury, Mass., Robert Taylor and wife, Cathy, of Winchendon, Mass., Gary Taylor of Gardner, Mass., Michael Taylor and wife Lisa of Winchendon, Mass., and Mark Taylor and wife, Mary, of Phillipston, Mass.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Wilkesboro United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 197, Wilkesboro, N.C. 28697.
Online condolences may be made at www.reinssturdivant.com.