January 3, 1948 ~ October 30, 2019

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Roberta “Robbie” Joyce Kelley Taylor, 71, of Fletcher, died from complications from a stroke surrounded by family on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Asheville, NC. A native of Buncombe County, Robbie was the daughter of Doris (Payne) Kelley and the late Robert Kelley.

She married her high school sweetheart, Gene Albert Taylor, on December 8, 1966. This December they would have celebrated 53 years of marriage.

Robbie loved bowling with friends and family, coaching softball, throwing cookouts for the family and spending time with her grandkids, who lovingly called her Nana. She will be remembered by her sassy, stubborn, carefree, loving personality.

Surviving in addition to her mother, Doris Kelley, and husband, Gene A. Taylor, are her sister, Jeannie Hart and her family; her brother, Joe Kelley and his family; her daughter, Samantha Taylor Sircey and husband Ronnie Sircey, along with their daughters, Jessica and Janie; her son, Bobby Taylor and his children, Morgan and Dylan, and grandchild, Aiden; her daughter, Cindy Taylor Hendrick and husband Bob Hendrick, along with their children, Rob, Krista and T.J.

The family will receive friends at Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road on Sunday, November 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., and a private burial will take place at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery on Monday, November 4.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the WNC Bridge Foundation (formerly CarePartners Foundation), P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC, 28813.



Western Carolina State Veteran's Cemetery
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711


Visitation: November 3, 2019 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road
856 Tunnel Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805


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  1. I’m so sorry to hear this. Robbie has always been such a sweet & kind lady. My thoughts and prayers go out to Samantha, Bobby, Cindy, all of her family and friends.

  2. Nana u are forever and always in my heart. U made me an honorary grandchild when I had no actual grandparents in my life. U treated me like ur own and I will never forget all the memories I have throughout the years spending time with u and all the family. I love u so much and will always miss u!!

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with your sweet family during this time of sadness. Though we never met Ms. Bobbie, we know she was special in every way and assisted in raising wonderful children and grandchildren. Her legacy will live on in your hearts and lives. May God wrap His arms around each of you in the days to come. We love you.

  4. Sending some love to my Hendrick family. Robbie always made us feel so welcome anytime us Hendricks came down for a visit. Will think of her with fond memories!

  5. Mr. Taylor, Sam, Bobby, Cindy and family,
    I am so sorry for you loss. Mrs. Taylor was always so kind to me growing up and I always enjoyed running into her in Fairview. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Much love, Denise Jenkins Haney

  6. Aunt Doris, Jeannie and Joe and to Robbie’s husband and children. I am so sorry to hear about Robbie. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers and that you will find peace and comfort during this sad time.

  7. Cindy was my very first friend a “few years ago” in Kindergarten. I spent almost as much time at her house as I did mine and thought of the Taylor clan as my second family for many years. I’m sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts are with the entire family during this sad and emotional time.


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