Doyle Edman Taylor, of Salem, son of the late Joseph Hubert Taylor and Mary Reba Goodson Taylor, was born March 11, 1937 in Wiseman, Arkansas. He died March 24, 2015 at his home in Salem at the age of 78 years and 13 days.
He was united in marriage to Shirley Lea DeClue March 31, 1956 in Caloma, MI. To this union seven children were born. She preceded him in death in 1990 and he married Rita Kaye Forester July 18, 2003. He was foreman on a hops ranch in Washington for many years. He also worked the fruit harvests in Michigan and in later years, was employed by Baxter Lab. He played santa at the park in Ash Flat for many years, loved gardening and making molasses with his son-in-law. He was a member of the Southern Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Taylor of Salem; his children: Cherryle Newman and husband Warren of Salem; Tammy Pierce of Nacogdoches, Texas; Geri Sue Harris and husband Robert of Gepp; Barry Taylor of Pensacola, Florida; Garry Taylor of Hot Springs; and Joe Taylor and wife Toni of Logansport, Louisiana; one step-daughter, Alicia Lee and husband Eddie of Lanton, Missouri; 13 grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Garland of Salem; two sisters-in-law, Lolita Taylor of St. Louis and Sue Taylor of Franklin and his little dog, Snickers; nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his first wife, one son, Darrell Wade Taylor; two brothers, J.C. Taylor and Donald Taylor; one sister, Elizabeth Cooper a son-in-law, David Pierce, a granddaughter, Amanda Pierce, and his father and mother.
Services are Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10 am at Cox-Blevins Chapel with burial to follow in Wiseman Cemetery, Wiseman, Arkansas under the direction of Cox-Blevins Funeral Home of Salem. Visitation is Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at Cox-Blevins Chapel.
Pallbearers are: Kasey Newman, Michael Harris, Jarrett Goodson, Phillip Goodson, Dennis Taylor and David Garland. Honorary pallbearers are Baron Taylor, Jason Garland, Junior Harlaw, William Goodson, Roy Bookout and Wally Doughty.
Shirley L. DeClue Taylor
1939–1991 (m. 1956)
Donald Ray Taylor
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