Rosedale Funeral Home & Rosedale Cemetery

917 Cemetery Road, Martinsburg, WV



April 25, 1928September 7, 2020
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Robert Eugene Taylor, 92, a lifelong resident of Martinsburg, passed away Monday, September 7th at the VA Medical Center Tranquility House in Martinsburg, WV.

He was born on April 25th 1928 in Martinsburg, and was the son of the late Charles Harvey and Pearl Elizabeth Taylor.

He served his country in the United States Army from 1949-1952. He completed his basic training at Fort Pickett Army Base in Blackstone, VA and was transferred to Fort Sam Houston Army Post in San Antonio, TX for medical training. He worked in the Army Medical Dept. at Walter Reid Hospital in Washington, DC and then in the Valley Forge Military Hospital in Phoenixville, PA. He was honorably discharged in 1952 and returned to Martinsburg where he began working in the lab at the Newton D. Baker Hospital now known as the VA Medical Center.

Bob was a retired Nationwide Insurance Agent, serving Nationwide for over 25 years. He had many loyal customers during his career.

He was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist church for 60 years. He was a charter member of the Pikeside Ruritan Club, a member of the Robert White Lodge #67, and the American Legion Post 14. He was also a 55-year member of the Masonic Lodge, and the Tall Cedars Lodge of Lebanon with the honor of serving as a past Grand Tall Cedar. Bob proudly served as a dedicated member of the Berkeley County Democratic Executive Committee for more than 50 years before retiring at the age of 85. His love of politics and the Democratic Party lead him to support and cherish many local and state political figures.

In retirement he enjoyed volunteering and served over 500 hours at City Hospital, now known as Berkeley Medical Center. He enjoyed playing and watching golf and was the world’s greatest football fan. He loved his WVU Mountaineers. He enjoyed a good game of cards and often made up his own rules to win. He enjoyed hunting, traveling, and going to Florida for the winter. He was a proud American and a true Democrat. The American Flag was always seen displayed with honor on his front porch.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years Jean B. Taylor, daughter Roberta Lynn Jacobs and husband Gene and son David Eugene Taylor; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer Fincham and husband Chris, Eric Taylor, Ashley Davis, and Jeremy Taylor and wife Kim; 7 great grandchildren, Chassidy, Donivan, Bella, Emma, Janelle, Liam and Cash; his youngest sister Marie Sowers; brother-in- laws Paul Sowers and Robert Bradley and sister- in-laws Paula Bradley and Helen Redick; special niece Connie Frick, and many other cherished nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his youngest son Robert Scott Taylor, fondly known as little Bobby; five brothers Hubert, Russel, Charles, Douglas, and John; and three sisters Mary Feeney, Edith Taylor, and Naomi Perry.

The family would like to sincerely thank everyone who cared for Bob at the VA Medical Center especially Dr. Habte and Mrs. Tania Thorton; the staff on the 5th floor and in the Tranquility House for their support, care, patience, kindness and concern over him.

The family wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Trinity United Methodist Church 220 West Martin Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 in memory of Robert E. Taylor.


  • Graveside Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020



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Edward Wilson

September 17, 2020

I am deeply grieved at Bob's passing. He was a fine gentleman and outstanding citizen. We first met at Berkeley Senior Services where I was teaching computer skills. I subsequently visited Bob at his home and helped him with computer issues. I was always welcomed and treated as a friend -- even when we engaged in political discussions, during which we rarely agreed!

Bob saw me at City Hospital in the surgery holding area and stopped and kept me company. It was such a pleasure to have the company of a friend at such a stressful time!

Rest in peace, Bob. You were as fine a man as I ever met and will live on in my memories!

Robert Michael

September 17, 2020

Jean & family. Sorry for your loss. He enjoyed going to cabin with his friends & what a good time we had hunting & playing cards. We will miss him.

Ronnie Good

September 16, 2020

Bob was quite a character, condolences to the Family, God Bless

Steven Taylor

September 16, 2020

Aunt Jean, Lynn, and Dave. Uncle Bob lived a long good life. I have many wonderful memories that will last us all forever. Love you guys.! Steve

Janet Farmer

September 15, 2020

Lynn and family , your family are in our thoughts and prayers . Just remember all the great memories you have and they will help you through this hard time . Hugs dear ole friend !

Frank and Janet Spiker Farmer

Elaine Davis

September 12, 2020

Lynn,Gene, David, Jean and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Robert certainly lived a long , and very rewarding life! Lynn, I hope to talk with you soon.. we have so many fond memories to share! May our Lord comfort you and the family. With love, Elaine&Scott Davis

Rosemary Kidwiler

September 11, 2020

It was an honor to have cared for Mr. Taylor while at the VA. I remember the times he would stop by and visit my dad in Tabler Station and how they laughed over a variety of things. I know you all will miss him greatly but you will have such fond memories of him to carry with you.

Barb Sheppard

September 10, 2020

Lynn and family: Please know that I am thinking of you. Loved seeing Bob at the hospital when he volunteered. Cherish the good times and memories. They will help to sustain you during this difficult time.

Cindy Rossi

September 9, 2020

Lynn, David and Aunt Jean, so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts during this time. Love you,

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