In Loving

John Owen Taylor, III

December 12, 1954 – August 12, 2021

John Owen Taylor, III, age 66, of Sandston, VA lost his battle to lung cancer on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

He was a graduate of Patrick Henry High School, Class of 1973. A self-made man, John opened his own business, Air Systems Company, in 1985. He was also a member of the Meridian Lodge #284 of Richmond. John had a passion for the Atlanta Braves baseball team and the Dallas Cowboys football team. John was the proud father of three children: Michael, Desiree, and Matthew. He was very active in youth sports in various roles across multiple county recreational leagues where both of his sons played. He was the head baseball coach with the Highland Springs Recreation League from 1992-1995, head coach for the Skateland Sparks hockey team from 1996-1999, head baseball coach, league vice president, and treasurer for the Varina Recreational League from 1996-2005, head baseball coach for the Fairfield Middle School Baseball team from 1999-2001, and head baseball coach with Sandston Youth Baseball from 2003-2004. John enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his favorite sports teams, and helping those in his community where he could.

Preceded in death by his parents, John Owen Taylor II and Carolyn Minor Taylor; his beloved daughter, Desiree Michelle; and his brothers, Christopher “Chris” Taylor (Mary Kathryn) and Robert “Bobby” Taylor. He is survived by sons, Michael (Virginia) and Matthew; granddaughter, Banon; grandsons, Giuliano, Lincoln, and Memphis; sisters, Susan T. McNeal (David), and Betsy D. Taylor (Mitch); brother, Gerald “Jerry” Taylor (Sung); sister-in-law, Mary Kathryn Taylor; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, August 30, 2021, at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy. Richmond, VA 23294. The family will receive friends following the service until 4 PM. Click here to view the live-streamed memorial service.

The family would like to express our thanks for the wonderful help and care given by Memorial Regional Hospital and Hospice of Virginia. If desired, friends may make a memorial contribution to the Cancer Research Institute at

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service

2720 Enterprise Parkway

Richmond, VA 23294


Monday, August 30, 2021


2:00 PM

Visitation to follow until 4 PM

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  1. Beth Harper August 16, 2021 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry to hear about John. He serviced my HVAC for many years. He was great to work with and never sugarcoated anything.

  2. Terri Williams August 16, 2021 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    John was a wonderful dad to his children and loving man to his grandchildren. Giuliano will always remember him and the hats John always wore! He was a generous and thoughtful man and we were honored to know him. His beloved Desiree always spoke highly of him and knew she could count on him no matter what her situation. May he RIP

  3. Mike Hawthorne August 16, 2021 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    John was a dear friend of mine especially during our Rockville Elementary years. Such a fine a caring person. I will never forget him and the times we shared. Rest In Peace John…..?

  4. Myrtle J Willis August 21, 2021 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Michael and Matthew and the rest of John Taylors Family. Sorry for your loss of your Father ,Brother Grandfather ,and friend.Our Prayers are with you’ll. May John rest in peace. We know he is in a better place . May God Bless all.
    LOVE jim ,Myrtle., Cindyand Cheryle Willis.

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