Dorothy Roberta Simms Taylor

Greenbrier Baptist Church Cemetery

        Dorothy Roberta Simms Taylor was called to her heavenly home on Friday, April 27, 2007. She was born on January 28, 1935 to Robert J. and Frances L. Simms.

        Dot attended the public school in Powhatan County, Virginia. She later began work in the homes of private families. Being the oldest of nine siblings, she became a "big sister" and helped her parents with household responsibilities. She joined the Greenbrier Baptist Church at an early age and became very active in Sunday School and church. She served as a member of the Willing Worker's Club senior choir, advisor to the youth choir, Pastor's Aide committee, trustee ministry, and assistant treasurer. Each year, she attended the James River Baptist Association as a delegate for the church.

        On October 21, 1967, Dot was joined in holy matrimony to James Allen Taylor. They shared a long and loving union of almost forty years.

        Dot sometimes accompanied James to Mt. Zion Baptist Church. There she became active. She became a member of the Sunday School and served as Sunday School teacher, leader of the youth choir, secretary of Sunday School and a member of the senior choir. She was a faithful and supportive Christian and was always willing to help whenever she could.

        Dot was a loving, kind and dedicated person. She always kept in touch with family and friends and spent much time sitting with the sick and shut in. She will always be loved and her spirit will live on in our memories of her.

        She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert J. and Frances R. Simms; brother, Robert, Jr. and nephew, Tony.

        She leaves to cherish her memory: a devoted husband, James A. Taylor; six sisters, Betty Ann Nash (John Edward), Melcenia Nash (Willie), Mary Hite (Monroe), Evelyn Graham (Robert), Deborah Taylor (Charles), Marlene Anderson (Sonny); one brother, Pete Simms (Ercelle); one devoted goddaughter and niece Karen Harris (Tony); two godsons, Tony and Aaron Harris; six sisters-in-law; ten brothers-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, among them, devoted, Iris Kenny, Mabel Gilliam, Patricia Diggs, Emma Gray Emory, Alice Tatlor (A.T.), Edith Hollise, and Mary Scruggs.

God saw the road was getting rough
The hills were hard to climb,
She gently closed those eyes
And whispered, "Peace Be Thine."
The weary hours, the days of pain
The sleepless nights are passed,
The ever-patient worn-out frame
Has found sweet rest at last.

The Family

Our Sister, Our Friend

From the earliest we can remember,
You were always there,
To give, to love, to laugh, to guide,
You showed how much you cared.
To uplift us to experience a brighter day.

We watched your courage through your pain,
We knew your health you wanted to regain,
And yet when you saw it was not to be,
You just continued to encourage us,
To remove the sadness from our face,
And give God the Glory for His goodness.

Your final words so precious and few,
Affirmed the love for all of us.
There is nothing that could ever sever our bond,
Not even this victory that you have won!
The moments we shared were special indeed and,
The memories will sustain us as we proceed.

So now dear sister, you have taken flight,
To experience the endless joy having no night.
No pains or tears or sorrows to bear,
Just eternal life because God is there.
We hope to meet you at our journey's end
For you will always be,
Our sister, and our friend.

With Our Love,
Betty Ann, Mel, Cookie, Evelyn, Chick, Marlene and Pete

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