October 26, 1928 ~ September 11, 2020

Born in: Little Pine, NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Evelyn “Jo” Lunsford Taylor, 91, left her earthly home to her heavenly home on Friday, September 11, 2020, at Pisgah Manor.

Jo worked and retired from Southern Bell Telephone Company and was an active member of Zephyr Hills Baptist Church of Asheville. She was a loving and kind wife, mother and a champion grandmother. She planted many vegetable gardens, canned and cared for others.

Jo was a native of “Little Pine” in Madison County, and was the youngest daughter of the late Ed & Ethel Lunsford. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Donald Taylor; her son, Timothy Rex Taylor; her brother, Rex Lunsford; sister, Ruth Smith; and grandson, Josh Owenby.

Jo is survived by son, Jeff Taylor and wife Pat, of Candler; granddaughter, Amber Eatmon and husband Matt, and their children (her great grandchildren) Amos and CoraLee, of Candler. Extended family: her nieces, Joan Radford and husband Andy, of Candler, Julia Foster and husband Joe Mashburn, of Candler; nephew, Mike Smith and wife Donna, of Leicester; and great-nieces and nephews, Robert Foster, Lindsay Moore, Brian Smith, Eric Sexton, Michelle Cole, and Mark Radford.

Jo… lovingly called “Grandma” will be greatly missed by those of us who knew and loved her. But we know that through Christ, we will see her again.

A family graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Candler, at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 17.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


Graveside Service: September 17, 2020 10:00 am

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


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  1. Jeff, Pat & Family,
    Sending Heartfelt Condolences to you and family. You ALL, are in my thoughts and prayers.

    With Sincere Sympathy,
    Debra S Burleson

  2. My Great Aunt Jo Jo was a kind woman as my mom said today; but as a young man she always epitomized the Aunt Bee from Andy Griffith and was a VERY Southern Lady to me. I remember good times from Deaverview to Little Pine with my Great Uncle Rex and driving to see my Great-Grand Parents. Love y’all and we need to see each other more!!!

  3. Dear Jeff, Pat & Family,
    Sending loving thoughts and prayers at the passing of your Mom, Jo. We didn’t know her personally, but we know, by example, what a Godly and loving family you are…she “raised you right”❣️
    Sending thoughts and prayers for peace, comfort, and the Hope that only our Heavenly Father can give.
    In deepest sympathy,
    Kathie & Ron Whittemore

  4. My deepest sympathy and sending prayers for Jo’s special and dear family. So grateful for the Hope in Christ knowing we will all be together in heaven.


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