The Woodward News

Obituaries

July 2, 2013

Everett Anthony "Doc" Taylor

Woodward, Okla. — Everett Anthony ``Doc’’ Taylor, a long-time Woodward resident, died Tuesday June 25, 2013 in Anthem, Ariz., at the home of his daughter, Alyse Davis, due to complications from lung cancer.  He was 90. A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday July 2, 2013 at St. Peters Catholic Church in Woodward.

Doc was born in Bison, Okla., on Oct. 23, 1922, the first-born of B.T. and ``Nettie’’ Taylor, both of Czech heritage. He attended local schools until acceptance to the Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Ark., where he graduated in 1940 as class salutatorian. It was at Subiaco where he was given his nickname based on a white suit given him.

Doc’s first employment was with Banta & Broce Construction - later to become Broce Construction – in Oklahoma City in May 1941 and remained there until his retirement in 2001. For most of his tenure at Broce, Doc, estimated asphalt road construction projects and presented the company’s bids on state projects. As such, he was a traveler on Oklahoma’s roads, many of them he had a hand in building.

His tenure with Broce was interrupted only by his service in the U.S. Army from February 1943 until his discharge in May 1946.  During his time in the armed forces, Doc served in France in support of the ``Battle of the Bulge’’ and in Germany at the end of World War II.

Back in the U.S., while serving as best man at the wedding of Marvin Broce, he met Norma Jane Rusler, of Pueblo, Colo., who was serving as a bridesmaid to June Branes.

Doc and Norma Taylor were married in Pueblo on Nov. 8, 1949, moving  into their home at 1711 Cherry in August 1950. There they had four children, Jayne Alyse, Mark Alan, Judy Lynn and Alyse Ann.

He was an observant Catholic, mostly at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, and legend for his personal adherence to attending mass. He also was legend for his golf game, garnering him many friendships and respect for the way he played the game. Mostly, though, he was legend for his dedication to the people in his life and a work ethic.

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  • Lanham.jpg Darrell Dwayne Lanham

    Darrell Dwayne Lanham, 67 passed away July 26, 2014 in OKC.  He was born on October 11, 1946 in Mooreland, OK the son of Luther Henry and Evelyn Naomi (Secrist) Lanham.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Zabrion Brown Zabrion Xavier Brown

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  • dimmit003.jpg Jerome Roscoe Dimmitt

    Jerome Roscoe Dimmitt was born on May 14, 1958 to Loren & Merle (Foster) Dimmit at Sublette, Kansas the youngest of nine siblings.  The family made their home in Sublette, Kansas. Jerome graduated from Sublette High School with the class of 1976. After graduation he went to work for a custom cutter following the harvest and later in Garden City doing cement pouring and finishing. The bulk of his working years was spent in the oil field business working in at least three different states.

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  • Dudley Blaylock

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    July 23, 2014

  • Edith Ann Nichols

    Edith Ann Nichols, a former resident of Woodward, was born May 17, 1934 in Rives, TN. She died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at her home in Dyersburg, TN.

    She was a faithful Christian with ultimate faith in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, J.T. and Lorena Tubbs of Memphis, TN and a sister, Patsy Nell Tubbs.

    July 23, 2014

  • sr001.jpg Susie Louise McNeill

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  • Norman Vanderslice Norman Vanderslice

    The world lost a special person on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Norman Vanderslice was born on December 29, 1971 in Woodward, Oklahoma, to Ronnie and Norma (Semmel) Vanderslice.  He grew up on the family farm in Fargo, Oklahoma and graduated from Fargo High School in 1990.  Norman was a farmer who loved being outside. He took care of running the family farm his entire life. Norm loved coyote hunting with his friends and was known for always helping others. The greatest love of his life was his son, Colton, who he proudly raised. They lived on a farm west of Woodward.

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  • wilsonmelvinpicture.jpg Clarence “Melvin” Wilson

    Clarence “Melvin” Wilson, 95 year old, True Woodward Cowboy, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014 at the Bible Baptist Church with the Reverend Jesse Johnson and Jerry Nine officiating. Burial will follow at the Shirley Cemetery in Leedey under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

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  • sr pic032.jpg Ival Lee Miller

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