Nelsen Williamsburg


Ernest "Ernie" E. Taylor

24 diciembre , 19361 abril , 2021

Ernest Edward Taylor, known to all by Ernie, lost his battle with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 84 peacefully at home with family on April 1, 2021.

Ernie was born in Newport News on Dec 24, 1936 & spent most of his life as a resident of the Peninsula. He was a 1955 graduate of Hampton High where he excelled in track & cross country. He then attended Wofford College.

Ernie worked in the building supply industry for 53 years starting in 1958 with Moore’s & then joined Johnson & Wimsatt. When Wimsatt was purchased by Boise Cascade he was promoted to Branch Manager of Raleigh Operations. When the facility closed, he returned to Virginia & began working for Addington Beaman Lumber where he opened the Newport News location. After Addington was sold, he worked for Parkview Supply & then joined Custom Builder Supply where he retired in 2008. He continued his love of working & helping others by working part-time for his son Barry at Custom Vinyl Products until 2011.

Ernie was a man of strong integrity & will most be remembered for his willingness to help all who knew him. His quick wit made us all laugh & his one-liners were always memorable. He was full of life & enjoyed dancing with his bride, having pig picking parties, cooking & sharing his recipes and working in the yard. He loved to admire the fountain in his backyard that he and his friends built, & he loved to show pictures of the fountain frozen over. Many pictures & memories were made both "in" and around the fountain. He was in a bridge group for many years as well as the golf league at Williamsburg National.

In addition to his wife Carolyn of 60 years, he is survived by his children Barry (Lisa) Taylor and Cathy (Leo) King; Pa Pa to 4 adored grandchildren - Marcus & Kyle Taylor, Preston Gravitt and Tyler King; his brother Burrell Taylor (and the late Donna Taylor). He is preceded in death by his parents, Ophelia Harrell & James Burrell Taylor.

Thank-you to all the staff at Saving Grace Home Care, Riverside Hospice, Dr. Fitzpatrick and friends and family for all your love, care and support.

A service will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home on Friday, April 9 at 2:00pm & will be cast live online. Attendees Restricted due to COVID. Condolences can be shared at to help treasure the memories and stories of our dad.



Ernest "Ernie" E. Taylor


Sloan Sawyer

28 abril , 2021

My condolences to the Taylor Family. Ernie was our rep for a timeshare property. I would always call him as if he didn't deal with the challenge, he always knew the history and who to call. More than likely it was Custom Builder or Vinyl! He was an absolute joy to work with and so funny! When I left the timeshare world, I always remembered Ernie fondly. He would always get us out of a bind and always had me laughing, no matter what! What an incredible man he was. Sorry for the lateness, I just was going to reach out to Barry and inquire how the old man was doing and found the obit. Please know God must have needed a laugh when he called Ernie up! Prayers to you all.

William Parker

10 abril , 2021

I remember Ernie as a fun- loving neighbor, friend, dad, and husband in the Edgehill Subdivision of York County. Ernie was a regular attendee of so many functions at the Edgehill Clubhouse: dances, talent events, swim events, and picnics. Ernie was just filled with positive energy.
Before the 1977-78 York County school year began, Ernie joined me and a few other folks in the Edgehill community to form the York High Athletics Booster Club. As I recall, Ernie was one of the officers in the club. His enthusiasm for life, his youngsters, and athletic competition and excellence made him a natural for selling others on the idea of becoming YHABC members. Ernie’s efforts, along with others in the school-community, produced enough funds the first year to purchase a portable pit for the track team’s pole-vault event.
He was always quick to acknowledge the contributions of others, and I found him always a joy to be around! Just had an infectious laugh and zest for life! He will be missed. I send my condolences and my very best wishes to Ernie’s family.

John Cudzik

9 abril , 2021

Ernie was one of the first folks that Kim and I met in Greensprings Plantation after we purchased the lot across the street from him (and Carolyn) to build our home and raise our family Williamsburg. Over the past 18 years, Ernie became a good friend in addition to a neighbor. We will cherish the many driveway conversations about family, dogs, lawns, home repairs, and life in general. Ernie Taylor was one truly one of the “good guys” and will be deeply missed. May God Bless the Taylor family.

-Kim and John Cudzik

Irma Todd

9 abril , 2021

Ernie was definitely a very favorite relative whose visits we so looked forward to. We never lived close but always felt a special bond to both Carolyn and Ernie. Loved his wit and lighthearted love of life. Very contagious when around him. During a visit to our NC home, our new puppy, Moose, favored Ernie over us!
He will be sorely missed. Heaven gained one this time!

Howard Todd

9 abril , 2021

A beautiful remembrance of a man who lived life to the fullest and who will be remembered for his kindness to others, his wit and his value for friends.

David Todd

9 abril , 2021

I will always remember Ernie’s boisterous laugh, good humor and how easily he could talk to literally everyone. When I was a kid Ernie came over to the house to drive me somewhere. I don’t remember where. Being a shy kid, I got in the back seat of his car. Ernie looked at me with a sly grin and proceeded to gently explain that he wasn’t my chauffeur so I should remove myself from the back seat of his car and get in the front seat. So off we went, me riding beside Ernie, my station in life raised a few notches.

Larry & Linda Roush

9 abril , 2021

From the time we met Ernie & Carolyn 25 years ago, he was a great friend and neighbor. Seldom did you ever see him with anything but his big grin, a kind word or a joke to brighten the day. He was always willing to help in any way he could. He will be greatly missed.

Suzanne Jordan

5 abril , 2021

Bill and I have been blessed to have had Ernie as a next door neighbor for 25 years. We will remember his smiles and humor. We we’ll always treasure our trip to Alaska and the fun we had. Ernie, we got the gazebo done!!!!

Joan Dugan

5 abril , 2021

At our yearly Par Tee golf Thanksgiving gathering at our home, Ernie meticulously carved the turkey. Bernie and I have a variety of carvin knives, he used many of them. However brought his own eventually. The presentation of our turkey each year was very nice
Yes he was person to always be a helping hand. Loved by all and will be truly missed. Joanie

Mary Brown

4 abril , 2021

We will forever remember his quick wit and his kindness and compassion for others. I will be forever grateful that we got to know him when he was in early stages. I'm so grateful for Barry and Cathy inviting me over when care wasn't quite needed. What a great visit with such a sweet man. We loved Ernie and he will forever be a part of our family...
Mary and Paul Brown and the Saving Grace Family