Dorothy Jean Craft Taylor

Alderson-Dorothy Jean Craft Taylor, 86, passed away and went with the Lord Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, with her family by her side.

Dorothy was born Nov. 19, 1929. She was raised in Alderson with two brothers and two sisters.

Dorothy attended Alderson High School where she played on the basketball team and was a member of the Nine Girls Club. She married her high school sweetheart, Karl K. Taylor. For the next 30 years she traveled around the world supporting her husband’s military career and raising their three children. Upon their retirement Ken and Dorothy returned to Alderson.

Dorothy was a member of Old Greenbrier Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She was founding member of the Ladies Auxiliary Club and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She served in several positions including Worthy Matron.

Dorothy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Lt. Col. Karl K. Taylor, of 50 years; beloved daughter, Trish Vallandingham; parents, John “Jot” Craft and Effie Simmons Craft; sisters, Wanda Johnson and husband Keith and June Pierce and husband Andrew; and brother, John Craft.

Those who remain to cherish and honor her memory are: daughter, Carol Brown and husband Pat of Ronceverte; son, Kenneth “Greg” Taylor and wife Barbara of Alderson; son-in-law, Charlie Vallandingham of Ronceverte; brother, Dan Craft and wife Dianna of Alderson; sisters-in-law, Nancy Craft and Betty Schoop; grandchildren, Jeremy Hartman and wife Alison of Charlottesville, VA, Brent Taylor and wife Lisa of Chesapeake, VA, Ryan Vallandingham of Organ Cave, Kassie Bennett and husband Michael of Charlotte, NC, Michael Sexton of Charlotte, NC, and Ashley Vallandingham and husband Alex of Vejnoska of Los Angeles, CA; great-grandchildren, Cole Bennett, Mason Hartman, Luke Hartman and Addison Taylor; and many special nieces and nephews.

Her family would like to thank caregivers, Barbara Duff, Norma Carter, Jeanette Carter, Betty McClung and sister-in-law, Dianna Craft. Our mom was blessed to have had such kind, concerned individuals caring for her.

Her funeral service was held on Monday, Dec. 21, at Old Greenbrier Baptist Church in Alderson where Rev. Dr. Bill Bryan officiated. Burial was in the Old Greenbrier Memorial Cemetery in Alderson.

Visitation was before the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made given to Hospice or Old Greenbrier Baptist Church.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte is in charge of arrangements. Please send online condolences by visiting


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