The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Obituaries

June 29, 2013

Everett Anthony “Doc” Taylor

Published 6-29-13

WOODWARD — Everett Anthony “Doc” Taylor, a longtime 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 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Woodward, Okla.

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 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; daughter, Jayne Alyse; and sister, Lillian Taylor.

He is survived by brothers, Robert Taylor and wife Muriel and their family, and Richard Taylor and wife Jean and their family; sister, Ann Lee and family; son, Mark Taylor and wife Nancy; daughters, Judy Berry and family, and Alyse Davis and husband Bobby 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 and Sunderland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfu neralhomewoodward.com.

(Submitted by family)

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