Mrs. Virginia Lee Smith Taylor, age 85, of the Wax Lake/Flint Hill Community, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Floyd County, Georgia on January 14, 1932, daughter of the late Joseph A. Smith and the late Roberta Morris Smith.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Q. “Jake” Taylor, by a daughter-in-law, Shelby Jean Taylor, and by a brother, Hugh A. “Pete” Smith.  She was an active and faithful member of the Flint Hill Baptist Church.  Mrs. Taylor worked at Champion Garments, Wax Lake Fishery and worked for over 20 years for Ransom Floral Company.

Mrs. Taylor possessed a deep love for family, children and her community.  As an expression of that love, she and her husband started a tradition on Halloween and she was affectionately known as “The Witch at Wax”.  This tradition continued for over 40 years.  Mrs. Taylor also loved yard sales, gardening, especially raising zinnias, and visiting those in the hospital and nursing home.

Survivors include a daughter, Cindy Griffin and her husband, Mike, Milledgeville; a son, Craig Taylor, Rockmart; five grandchildren, Casey Reese, Richard Taylor, Jenna Davis, Cory Griffin and Emily Griffin; six great grandchildren; five siblings, Marie Formby, Ray Smith, Joyce Carnes, Doug Smith and Betty Sue Jones; several nieces and nephews.  Her spirit, quick wit, and sense of humor will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at 2 pm at the Flint Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Spears officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  Mrs. Taylor will lie in state at the church on Wednesday from 1pm until the service time.

The family will receive friends at Flint Hill Baptist Church on Tuesday from 6 until 8 pm.  At other hours, they will be at their respective residences.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at the church on Wednesday at 1:30pm and include:  Active:  Ross Davis, Cory Griffin, Richard Taylor, Tim Akins, Tony Barnes, Jeremy Watters, Joey Watters and Jake Watters.  Honorary:  Doug Smith, Don Agan, Edward Carnes and all nephews.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, South Chapel, has charge of the funeral arrangements.