Milton Edward Taylor

Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery

U.S. Veteran

        Milton Edward Taylor entered into his eternal rest on Tuesday evening, August 21, 2007. Milton, the second child of eight, was born on November 9, 1921 to Edward and Kate Taylor of Powhatan, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Julian "Pete", Lloyd and Jesse.

        He attended Logansville Elementary School and graduated from Pocahontas High School of Powhatan County, Virginia.

        Milton was baptized and joined the Mount Zion Baptist Church at an early age. He attended church regularly and he was a faithful trustee at his church. He also worked diligently at the Mount Calvary Baptist Church including singing in the choir for many years and was a member of the "Get Together Club."

        Milton was a member of the Shining Light Masonic Lodge #272 for over fifty years, and he participated in active status until his illness.

        He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943 where he served three years in the U.S. and across the seas in New Guinea. When he returned to Virginia, he met his life-long partner, Julia Alice Harrison. They were married in Detroit, Michigan on December 3, 1946. They returned to Virginia in 1951. They showed a special love, as he would always greet her every day with "Hey Baby" along with a "gentle and loving kiss." They were blessed with one daughter, Jacqueline.

        He worked at numerous jobs and retired from Beaumont Learning Center after twelve years of employment. He continued to work-part-time with the Powhatan County School System for twenty-three years and worked there until June, 2007. He took pride in his work and seldom missed a day because he considered this job one of his greatest pleasures.

        Milton stood straight and tall. His outward appearance showed his neatness and his high regard for life. He had a passion for landscaping and took great joy in sharing the flowers that were nurtured at their home. He enjoyed life fully and would gladly state that he has never had any health problems, not even a headache. He enjoyed walking and keeping fit. He saw treasures in possessions that others would have discarded. His smile was welcoming and he would always leave you with a thought for the day.

        He leaves to cherish: his loving devoted wife of sixty years, Julia Alice Taylor; one daughter, Jacqueline Taylor Watson; son-in-law, Zachary L. Watson; two grandchildren, Travis L. Taylor and Katia S. Watson; three sisters, Julia Joyner, Baltimore, MD., Maude Funn, (devoted) Mechanicsville, VA and Helen Morris (Earl) of Powhatan; two brothers, James and Herman Elmo (Vassar), both of Powhatan; brother-in-law, Clarence Edward Harrison (Shirley) of Richmond, VA, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. They also reared Regina Depass and Milton Finney.

God took him home, it was his will,
But in our hearts we love him still,
His memory is as dear today,
As the hour he passed away.

Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest;
Lay down thy head upon thy Savior's breast,
We loved thee well, but Jesus loves three best.
Has found sweet rest at last.


The family wishes to extend our sincere thanks to everyone
for remembering us kindly through your prayers,
cards, flowers and other acts of kindness.
May God bless you all.

reprinted by permission