Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home

30 Riverside Highway, Bassett, VA


Otha D. Taylor, Sr.

October 9, 1933December 28, 2019

Otha D Taylor Sr, age 86 passed away, Saturday December 28, 2019 in Martinsville. He was born in Axton, VA on October 9, 1933 to Lester Taylor and Bessie Taylor. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Mary Eileen Taylor. He was also preceded in death by sisters, Catherine Taylor, Elizabeth (Betsy) Burnette, and Helen Brooks; brothers, Lewis Taylor and Pug Taylor. He is survived by his daughters Donna Sue Ferguson and Lisa Lambeth (Joey); sons, Roger Mann (Marie), Otha “Stumpy” Taylor Jr, Eddie Taylor (Debbie) and Ronnie Taylor (Denise); brother Pete Taylor (Nancy); 9 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Otha was well known and respected in his Axton Community. He was a man of many trades and a friend to all. While farming, raising tobacco and carpentry were his primary occupations, he sometimes worked as a night watchman, school bus driver and custodian. He also owned and operated Taylor’s Little Grocery, Taylor’s Bluegrass Park and Taylor’s Produce. His love of Bluegrass music was his inspiration to build the park. He especially enjoyed listening to the talented children competing in the many Fiddler’s Convention’s held at the park and meeting the people attending. Some came from as far away as Europe and South America. Otha enjoyed attending auctions. He never met a stranger and was willing to help a friend or neighbor in need. The family would like to say a special thank you to Johnny Hooker and the McMillan Family. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Axton Fire, Axton Life Saving or Mountain Valley Hospice. Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 3, 2020 at Collins Funeral Home Chapel, 30 Riverside Dr., Bassett, VA at 1:00pm, with a visitation two hours prior. Burial will immediately follow at Taylor family Cemetery, Martin Drive, Axton. Other times at the residence. Online condolences may be made at www.collinsmckeestonefuneralhomebassett.com.


  • Eddie Taylor
  • Bobby Taylor
  • Bryan Taylor
  • Kevin Taylor
  • Dustin Taylor
  • Josh Mann
  • Jared Mann
  • Johnny Hooker


  • Visitation at Collins Funeral Home Friday, January 3, 2020
  • Funeral Service at Collins Funeral Home Friday, January 3, 2020


Otha D. Taylor, Sr.

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Sonja Bray

January 9, 2020

To my extended family, I send my sincere condolences. My parents, Clayton and Helga Bray, along with my daughter, Cheyenne (aka, Lil'Bit, and myself, all loved him. Otha was always wonderful to Cheyenne. We enjoyed visiting him over the years, listening to all his stories. My Dad, Otha's cousin, stayed in touch as best as he could (due to illness & hearing loss). They were close while growing up, since they were about a year apart in age. Now they are all together in Heaven.
Special Request: if there are photos with Otha, Clayton, or any of Anna Taylor Bray's children or her siblings, parents, please contact me. I would appreciate seeing them. I am on FB-messenger.
Sending Love & Prayers

Paul Brooks

January 2, 2020

I was always amazed how Otha could have all the stores he had and didn't have a high school diploma. I knew he had a lot of common sense and we laught about that because we wonder why others were lacking it. Otha gave me good advice went I needed it about carpentry work and he was a very good carpenter. I loved going to Othas because you never knew what he had brought at the auctions and he would show me all he had and it was just like gold to him. I had the greatest time walking with him and looking at all the stuff he had. It was like going to a museum.
My mom thought the world of Otha. We would go and visit Otha at the old homeplace and mom would give him hell for not fixing the place up. Finally he did build Arlean a house for her and the kids and I believe he got tired of mom giving him hell. LOL. Mom loved Otha with all her heart.
Otha was a good man and I know he will be missed around the Axton community. He had the nicest laught and I knew he loved people. Otha always treated me with love and respect and you can't ask more from anyone. I'll miss you uncle but I know you are in a better place.
My love goes out to all my cousins and I know it's hard to not miss your dad. I'm going to hold you all in my prayers and tell you this to will pass.
Bye uncle Otha and I hope to see you when I come home.

Bwth Strader

January 2, 2020

I can remember going to the Taylor Park from 1991 til it closed. He was a sweet kind loving person. He will be missed dearly. Sending prayers to his family and friends.

John Hill

January 2, 2020

Sorry to hear about Mr. Taylor Jr. he was a good man. I worked with you Stumpy at City. I brought my son to park when your Dad had tractor pulls. I am praying for your family. You have been a good friend for a long time.

Sally Ann Turner

January 2, 2020

You and your family are in mine and R.E.'s thoughts and prayers. Cherish your precious memories.

Donna Stallings

January 1, 2020

Otha Taylor was a good man. His obituary actually sums it up really good. I have never seen him turn anyone away, if he knew you needed something. He was well known in the Axton community driving his purple truck and will be truly missed by many! Rest in peace... Prayers for the family members 🙏🎚❤💯


January 1, 2020

To the Family, So sorry for your lost.He was always a friend to me.

Rachel McDowell

January 1, 2020

Some of my best memories were at Taylor's Park! It was just like one big family! Mr. Taylor was a very special person that enjoyed the music and all the fun at the different campsites! Miss all the good times there! Sending a special prayer for Mr. Taylors family that God will ease your pain! Mr. Otha, you will be greatly missed!!

Mary Silvers

December 31, 2019

I can remember going to uncle Taylor’s park for the family reunion. And also listen to my grandmother Elizabeth (Betsy) Burnett and uncle Taylor on the olds. I will truly miss him.

Victor Dowdy

December 31, 2019

I remember the last time I went to Taylor's Park I entered the competition and Otha let me borrow his aluminum ladder and a brand new steel brush. I actually won the Misc. Contest and I will never forget how Otha laughed so hard and shook my hand. He was one of the nicest people i have ever met. Rest In Peace my friend.