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.
He honored his father and mother, was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and a respected member of his community for more than 63 years.
Taylor was preceded in death by his parents, B.T. and ``Nettie’’ Taylor, wife Norma, a daughter, Jayne Alyse, and a sister, Lillian Taylor.
He is survived by brothers Robert Taylor, his wife Muriel and their family, Richard Taylor and wife Jean and their family, sister Ann Lee and family, son Mark Taylor and his wife, Nancy, daughters Judy Berry and family, and Alyse Davis, husband Bobby Davis and their family, along with beloved grandchildren -- Trenton and Mandy Sunderland, Tanner Sunderland, Brady Sunderland and fiancée Ashley Culp, Lauren and Ryan Sanders, and Taylor Davis, along with great grandchildren Conner, Peyton, Ethan Sunderland, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com.