Thurman Allen Taylor
1923 - 2013
Thurman Allen Taylor, age 90, passed away on Sept. 25, in Electra.
Services were held Saturday, at the First Baptist Church of Electra with Joe Ainsworth, Interim Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Electra, officiating.
Interment with full military honors followed in Highland Cemetery.
Thurman was born April 8, 1923, in Verden, OK., to Norman Allen Taylor and Annie Bell Tankerly Taylor. They moved to Ardmore, OK., when he was a young boy. In 1944, he joined the Army and served during World War II in Germany and France. After the war, he transferred to the Army Air Force and then to the Air Force. He served in the Korean War and received the air medal for bravery. He retired at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA., after twenty-two years of service. He and Betty Jo Minter were married Jan. 2, 1948 in Gainesville. He moved his family to Ardmore, OK., and went to work for American Flyers for two years. He moved to Wichita Falls and worked at Sheppard Air Force Base in Civil Service for four years. He transferred to Odgen, Utah with the Civil Service then to Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, where he retired after 22 years of Civil Service. He received his forty year pin from Dyess Air Force Base for service with the United States Government. Thurman and Betty moved to Electra in 2004 when she retired from teaching. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Electra.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Annie Bell Taylor; one brother, Earl Taylor and two sisters, Audille Hart Stephanie and Thor Bell Savill.
Survivors include his wife of Electra; one son, Donald Taylor of Iowa Park; two daughters, Carolyn Fickle Lake of Pearland, and Patty Miller of Lynn Haven, FL.; one sister. Kathryn Smith of Hereford; seven grandchildren; 13 great-gandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.