Ona Agnes Campbell Taylor, 96, passed away Saturday, Sept. 11, while a resident of Wood Presbyterian Nursing Home in Sweetwater.
A former resident of Lenoir City and Maryville, she was a dedicated minister's wife, a loving mother and a precious grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Her joy in life was as a nurturer of her family. When she lost her own mother as a teenager, she took on the role to help her father care for her three brothers. To do so, she delayed her schooling until her youngest brother started school, and then she went back and finished high school.
She was a nurturer to friends and church family as well as her natural family, and many of them have kept in touch with her through the decades. She accompanied her husband as he pastored Primitive Baptist churches in Tennessee, Georgia and Texas. She was a longtime and charter member of Grace Primitive Baptist Church in Loudon.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elder Charles Taylor; parents, Newman and Ida Campbell; step-mother, Jane Campbell; brothers, Bruce and Ray Campbell; daughter, Linda Taylor; granddaughter, Jennifer Brown Reynolds; and great-granddaughter, Melody Taylor.
She is survived by sons, Jim (Becky) Taylor, Bill (Pam) Taylor and Steve (Judy) Taylor; grandchildren, Chris Taylor, Jason Taylor, Jeff Taylor, Brian Taylor and Sarah Taylor; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; brother, J.B. Campbell (Unav) of Tarrant City, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may call at their convenience 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, at McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home in Maryville. Family and friends will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Grandview Cemetery for a graveside service with Elder Steve Taylor officiating.