Retired 1st Sgt. Joseph Lewis Taylor, affectionately known as "Joey," "Daddy," "Pop-Pop" and "Grandpa Joe," passed away peacefully, in the arms of his wife, on Thursday, May 16, 2013.

Joseph was born on June 18, 1954, in Prince George, Va., to the union of Joseph and Evelyn Taylor. Joseph was third of nine children born to his parents. Joseph graduated from Prince George High School in 1973. Shortly after graduating from high school, Joseph worked at Hercules Inc., but desiring more out of life, he joined the United States Army, where he served his country honorably for 27 years. Joseph reached the rank of master sergeant during his time of service. He served tours of duty in the Gulf War, humanitarian duties in Honduras, as well as serving during 9-11. Joseph often referred to himself as an "Old Army Soldier." He was highly respected by his troops and commanders. Joseph also served as a postal carrier for the United State Postal Service for 13 years.

Joseph grew in Mount Hope Baptist Church. He loved to sing with the Lebanon Baptist Church Male Chorus. Most recently, Joseph was a member of the Church of Christ. He accepted Christ as his personal savior and considered Northeast Church of Christ, where Frank Watson is the minster, his church home. As his health would allow, he traveled to attend services. When unable to travel to his home church, he attended church at Jefferson Street Church of Christ, where Phillip Jones is the minister.

Joseph loved his family so dearly. He enjoyed family functions, fishing, and playing spades with his Mom, Dad and siblings. He loved classic cars and on any given day you may find him under the hood of a car or in the junk yard. Joseph was avid lover of music and he loved to sing. He enjoyed smooth jazz and quartet gospel music. His favorite gospel singers were Lee William and the Spiritual QC's. His favorite jazz musician was Kenny G.

Joseph was kind and generous to everyone and was always there for anyone in need. He refused to ever accept monetary gifts in exchange for helping others. His humbleness, quietness, sincere and loving demeanor will remain in the hearts of everyone who knew him.

Joseph leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife, Nancy; two loving daughters, Shayla (Barry) and Tiffany (Fredrick); seven precious grandchildren, Joseph "Manny," Tova, Joshua, Jalen, Ya'Haira "Daz," Ya'Kiera "Jaz" and Samaya Joy (who he affectionately called his Poopie Boo); loving and devoted parents, Joseph and Evelyn Taylor; eight siblings, Horace (Regina), Aubrey (Velda), Curtis, Gilbert (Barbara), Glenda, Marcus, Floyd and Terry; an aunt and second mother, Ethel Irving; devoted in-laws, Frances Cockroft, William Drew, Shirley and Wilbur Drew, Nelson and Cheryl Drew, Margaret Drew, Rose Drew and Irene Drew; his "personal confidants" and devoted cousins, Gail Irving and Gilbert Harris. He is also survived by devoted friends, Peter and Judy Charlotte, Albert and Joan Crawley, Thomas Tyler, Earnestine Marsh, Cecil and Wanda Henderson; and a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other friends.

A funeral service for retired 1st Sgt. Joseph L. Taylor will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at the Chapel of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va.; Brother William Drew, eulogist.

The family will assemble 9 a.m. the day of the services and receive friends at 3201 Forest Hill Road, Petersburg, Va.

The family request that food items be omitted. The family also request that only potted flowers be sent.

Donations may be made in memory of retired 1st Sgt. Joseph L. Taylor to the or the .

Family members and friends are invited to pay final tribute to Mr. Taylor and watch the funeral services live online at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the staff of J.M. Wilkerson Funeral Establishment Inc., 102 South Ave., Petersburg, Va., 804-732-8911,

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J M Wilkerson Funeral Establishment, Inc.
102 South Avenue  Petersburg, VA 23803

Published in The Progress-Index from May 18 to May 21, 2013