Barbara Ann (Whetsel) Taylor, 73, of Christiansburg, formerly of Dungannon, Va., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
She was one of nine siblings born to Mable Marion (Lackey) Whetsel and William Calvin Whetsel in Miller Yard, Scott County, Va. They preceded her in death along with her two brothers and sister; Don Whetsel, Robert Whetsel and Wanda (Jean) Blevins. Barbara was also preceded in death by her loving husband Cecil (Gene) Taylor and by her precious great-grandchild, Charlee Mayne Sharlow.
Barbara was married to her loving husband Cecil (Gene) Taylor for 55 amazing years. Gene and Barbara Taylor spent most of their lives working, as owners of the Dairy Queen formerly in Blacksburg. They brightened and touched many lives through employment, friendship and phenomenal customer care for over three decades.
Barbara is survived by three brothers, William (Bill) Whetsel, Jr., Charles Whetsel, and Dale Whetsel; and two sisters, Katheryn (Whetsel) Countiss and Rita (Whetsel) Serra. She is also survived by her three children and their spouses, Emily Taylor Brooks (Ben); Jason “Brad” Taylor (Kari) and Amy Taylor Rhodes (Lee).
She was an adored Nana to 11 grandchildren: Courtney Johnson, Ethan Rutherford, Brandon and Miranda Taylor, Kaylee and Matthew Rose, Cloe Taylor, Bryan Taylor, Matthieu and Chelsea Sharlow, Ryan and Victoria Sharlow, Cassandra Sharlow, Samuel and Marianna Rhodes, and Santanna Rhodes. Ten great-grandchildren were also blessed to call her Nana: Cecilia Johnson, Avery Bonds, Brysen Taylor, Brooks Taylor, Dakotah Sharlow, Micah, Braxton and Addilyn Sharlow and Elizabeth Dae Barker and Memphys Rhodes.
There are also countless others who called her “Nana”; those were family by love.
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 5, 2021 at 2 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lee Naff officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg. The family will receive friends Monday from 1 p.m. until service time at McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.