"Dignity without Compromise"
O.K. Taylor was born on July 26, 1911 in Uvalde, TX, to Upson and Mary (Lockhart) Taylor. He died on Sunday, November 6, 2005 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Upon graduation from Uvalde High, Kenneth Taylor worked as an accountant for the bank and a wholesale grocery chain from 1931 until 1949. Taylor managed motion picture theaters in Uvalde and Lubbock, TX, Clinton and Okmulgee, Ok.
On January 4th, 1932, Kenneth and Pheletha E. Tom of Leakey, TX, were united in marriage. Two children were born of this union. Mrs. Taylor preceded her husband in death on March 27, 2000.
In addition to managing the Orpheum, Inca, Yale, and two drive-in theaters in Okmulgee, Mr. Taylor was very active in the First Christian Church serving as elder and on the board. He served as president of the Lions Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Taylor also served on the boards of the Salvation Army, the Okmulgee Cemetery, and the Okmulgee City Hospital Foundation.
Mr. Taylor devoted many years to the Masonic Lodges of Okmulgee and Muskogee. For twenty-four years, he participated on the drill team in numerous competitions. In 1978, Taylor had advanced through the Grand Line to be elected Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of the York Rite of Freemasonry of Oklahoma.
In 1949, Mr. Taylor purchased the insurance part of E. C. Lambert Real Estate and Insurance Agency. He operated this business until 1977, at which time he joined the Fansher, Stone, and Milroy, Inc.
Mr. Taylor is survived by a sister, Clar Virginia Langford of Uvalde, TX, his daughter, S. Yvonne Lambert of Arlington, TX, a son, Harper Taylor and wife Jan of Conroe, TX, six grand-children and ten great grand-children.
Graveside service will be at 2pm, Saturday, November 12th, at the Okmulgee Cemetery with Minister Charlie Green officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the McClendon-Winters Funeral Home of Okmulgee.