Ronnie McCoy Taylor was born on July 13, 1972, to Ronnie McCoy Miles and Joyce Taylor. Ronnie Boo, as he was affectionately called, was born and raised in Norfolk, VA. He was a proud graduate of Norview High School.
After graduation, Ronnie served 5 years in the United States Air Force. He was a Senior Airman and served as a Fuels Journeyman. During his military career, Ronnie earned several awards including Air Force Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. Ronnie shared many stories about his time in the Air Force, especially about the beauty of Guam.
In 2005, Ronnie Boo and his family relocated to Jacksonville, Florida. His charisma and giving spirit fostered a big, supportive village for him and his family. He used his love for cars and his magnetic personality to become a Top Service Advisor at both Key and Jenkins Hyundai. Customers and colleagues adored Ronnie and often referred to him as their friend or brother.
Ronnie enjoyed spending time with family and being an active father in raising his children. He did not shy away from back-to-school shopping, school field trips, or styling his daughters’ hair for school. He even served as Vice-President of the Parent Teacher Association at his children’s school. Ronnie Boo also loved his fur babies – Sasha and Willie Taylor aka Snuggles.
After more than 20 years of love, happiness, and parenting their 7 children, Ronnie and Dia made it “official”. On July 23, 2022, in a private ceremony at the Cercado Estate, surrounded by their Jacksonville village and close family, Ronnie married his best friend and the love of his life.
Ronnie always paid special attention to his appearance. In high school, he would use his mom’s straightening comb to make sure his high-top fade was as high as it could go. As an adult, Ronnie loved sneakers, socks, and fitted caps. He treasured his caps that represented his beloved Norfolk or Norview. Just like his Dad, Ronnie-Boo was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. Family and friends could always count on Ronnie Boo to capture special moments with videos or photos. We will always remember Ronnie’s beautiful spirit, cheerful laugh, and enchanting smile.
In March 2020, Ronnie was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. Like a true warrior, Ronnie battled the aggressive disease by undergoing multiple rounds of chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and radiation. Through his 3-year fight, Dia and the children were able to stay by his side thanks to the invaluable support their Jacksonville family provided. As he requested, Ronnie was home with his wife and children, surrounded by love when he transitioned.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Willie and Victoria Taylor; his maternal grandmother, Elsie Hoffler; and his bonus mom, Veronica J. Miles, whom he named Lady Ronnie.
Beautiful memories of Ronnie will be cherished by his loving wife, Dia; seven children, Shaquila, DiaVaunte, Raven, Naya, Miah, Ronnie, Jr., and Zion; a bonus daughter, Sage; ten grandchildren, JaShon, Jabria, Kaiden, LaQuane, Averie, Landon, Cameron, Coen, Rogerick, and RaeLynn; four godchildren, Takima, Isaiah, Xavier, and Journee; his parents, Ronnie M. Miles and Noah and Joyce Moffett; six sisters, Demeca, Ebony, Monique (Eric), Shakinia (Deon), Justinia, and Kyler; one brother, Dominique; a special cousin/brother, Eugene “Tim” Wiggins (Yolanda); and a host of other family and friends.