Julia Elizabeth Taylor was born on May 2, 1918 in Southampton County, Virginia. She is the daughter of the late Clara Beale Artis and Benjamin Artis. At age eighteen, she married the late Robert Monroe Taylor at the South Hampton County Courthouse on a Thursday on March 2, 1936.
Julia worked in the Chesapeake Public School system until she retired. However, even after retiring she could not sit still, she went back to the workforce for another three years at Butts Road Elementary School, working in the cafeteria. Julia received several certificates of recognition for her dedicated service to the school.
Although Julia had only completed the sixth grade in school due to her mother’s early death and having to help her father with the children and crops, she always valued education and instilled the importance of education to her children. This is evident in one of her children having completed a doctoral program, another having become a registered nurse and college professor of nursing and another having honorably served in the military. Julia was the mother to the late Juanita T. Turner (late son-in-law, Reuben S. Turner); Robert R. Taylor (Mildred;) and Dr. Julia Avery Muse (Ronald E.).
At six years old, Julia gave her life to Christ at the Mars hill Baptist Church in Southampton County, Virginia. At age seven, she was baptized in the water or as she called it, “The Ocean.” Julia sung in the choir as a child and developed a true talent and skill for singing with or without music. During the early years of her marriage, Julia and Robert attended Morning Star Baptist Church in Capron, Virginia. They would ride a mule and buggy to get to the church.
In 1952, Julia joined St. Mark United Church of Christ located in Norfolk, Virginia. She was an active and dedicated member for over 60 years. At St. Mark, UCC, she served on the Helping Hands Board, Missionary Society, Pastor’s Aide and Women’s Day & Birthday Captain and regularly attended noonday bible study and worship. Often you would find her in the church kitchen cooking for an afternoon service. Julia received many certificates and awards for her stewardship and service as a faithful member and worker. Additionally, Julia volunteered her time, energy and efforts at the Salvation Army in Norfolk, Virginia until she was physically unable to do so.
Julia was truly loved and treasured by her family, friends, church and community. Her family remembers her most for being a woman, who loved Christ, her family and her church. She strongly believed you should live a life pleasing to God, showing your “walk” with the Lord in word and in deed. She is also survived by one sister: Mrs. Mary L. Elliott, and Grandchildren: Mr. Graylin Taylor (Mary); Mr. Reuben Turner, Jr. (Darlene); Mr. Rudolph Turner; Mrs. Regina Sykes (Peter); Mr. Ronald Taylor; Mr. Ryan Taylor; Mr. Ashley Avery, Jr. (Sharonda); and Andre Avery (Guadalupe) and a host of family members and friends.
A celebration of Julia’s life will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21st at St. Mark U.C.C., 521 Obendorfer Road, Norfolk, VA (757-545-5527), Rev. T. Hart, officiating. Entombment will be at Roosevelt Memorial Park, Ches., VA. Viewing will be held Friday, Sept. 20th from 2 to 8 p.m. at Keith Matthews Funeral Home, 5665 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, VA.
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