of Little Rock, AR
January 14, 1927 - September 16, 2023
Marvin Rhodes Taylor was born January 14, 1927 in Little Rock, AR and passed away September 16, 2023.Marvin met the love of his life, Billie Jo Eddins, at Beverly Hills Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, where Marvin was the choir director and Jo sang in the choir. They were married in 1948 and celebrated 74 years of marriage on August 20, 2022.He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Little Rock.Marvin proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1945-46, stationed at Higgins Air Force Base, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. Following his military service, he enjoyed a long career at the Arkansas Employment Security Division and retired in 1989.He loved music and took great pride playing his trombone and serving as the manager and announcer for the Stardust Big Band of Hot Springs, Arkansas from 1981-1996. One of his favorite stories was about meeting a fellow soldier, Anthony Benedetto, who sang and entertained the soldiers on the base. Benedetto asked Marvin to play trombone with the band. After the war, Benedetto went on to be known by his stage name, Tony Bennett.Marvin was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by children, Clayton (Martha) of Little Rock and Becky Riemer (Kirk) of Half Moon Bay, CA; grandchildren, Jay Taylor and Sam Taylor (Janis), Allison Riemer (Alex) and Andrew Riemer and great-granddaughter, Olivia.A funeral service will be held 2 pm on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at Roller Drummond Funeral Home, 10900 Interstate 30, Little Rock with visitation starting at 1:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you hug someone and tell them how much they mean to you or make a gift in Marvin's memory to Hospice Homecare of Little Rock.Directions to Roller Drummond Funeral HomeFrom 430, take Stagecoach turn right and go to Baseline Take a left on BaselineYou will pass a field on the right that has a fence with a yellow border on top, the next road to the right will be Childers Turn right on Childers and then turn right on the access roadRoller Drummond will be about a half mile up on your right
I played with Marvin in the Stardust Big Band. He always had a smile and enjoyed entertaining the crowd with his musical knowledge and humor. Marvin was one of the founding members of Stardust and his legacy of keeping the Big Band sound alive and well will continue. Thank you Marvin for the memories and laughs.
One of the most endearing qualities was his ability to engage you in his fun loving stories. He had an infectious smile and loved his wife dearly. His love for the Lord was obvious to others. May he rest in peace with the Lord.
Marvin has been missed at out ASEA meetings. He was a pleasant person to know, and he always had a warm smile on his face. He always had some interesting stories/jokes thar entertained ay our meetings. He will be missed.
He will be missed by many!
We always enjoyed visiting with Buddy & Jo at Parkway. They were both so sweet. We have all the family in our prayers