Ella S. Taylor

Published 12:53 pm Monday, May 9, 2016

FRANKLIN — Mrs. Ella Ophelia Smith Taylor transitioned into eternal rest and peace on May 6, 2016, in her home on Thomas Street. She was born on June 24, 1932, to Samuel and Burma Whitehead Smith.

Ella S. Taylor

Ella S. Taylor

Ophelia was a member of First Baptist Church for 71 years. She was a member of the Missionary Choir, the Mass Choir, the Intercessory Prayer Group and a dedicated member of the Sunday School.

Ophelia was a graduate of Hayden High School and continued her education at Virginia State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Ophelia then furthered her studies at Virginia State University and earned a Master’s degree in education.

Ophelia was a Golden Life Member of Franklin Tri-County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron of Antioch Franklin Chapter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elbert Taylor; her son, Jimmy Taylor; and sister, Bessie Scott.

Her memory will be cherished by her daughter, Valaida Benton (Gary); sister, Gertrude Watson; granddaughter, Valecia Beaty (Carlos); grandson, LaKenneth Kindred; nieces, Deborah Watson, Barbara Preston, JoAnn Daney and Marilyn Richardson; nephew, Roger Watson III; and other relatives.

A service of transition will be held on Wednesday, May 11, at 1 p.m., in First Baptist Church, 318 Hall St., with the pastor, the Rev. D. Shawrod Riddick Jr., delivering the eulogy. The committal and benediction will be in Southview Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in First Baptist Church.

A traditional service with dignity will be conducted by Wm. M. Johnson & Sons Inc., 224 S. Main St., Franklin.

Please share your condolences with the family at www.wmjohnsonandsons.com.