Dr. O. C. Mike Taylor

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Dr. O. C. Mike Taylor passed away surrounded by friends and family on Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2013 at a Fort Worth hospital after suffering a stroke late Tuesday night. Services - A memorial service will be held on Saturday morning, May 18th at 11:00 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church in Cleburne, Texas. A private burial at a later date will follow. A visitation for the family to receive friends and loved ones will be held at the home of Dr. Taylor in Cleburne on Friday night between the hours of 5:00 and 7:00 p.m. Doc as he was affectionately known by family, friends and colleagues was born on January 4, 1932, in Stanton, Texas to Orbie and Dorothy Anderson Taylor. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and educator. He enjoyed golf, snow skiing, and ranching in his younger years. In his later years, he enjoyed traveling, great meals with friends and family, and gardening. Dr. Taylor, a self-made man, graduated from Itasca High School. After serving in the army he put himself through college on scholarships graduating with his Bachelors and Masters degrees from Texas Wesleyan University. Dr. Taylor completed his formal education by earning his PhD in Philosophy from University of North Texas in Denton. Dr. Taylor began his career in education as a teacher in the Odessa school system and was quickly promoted into administration when he accepted a principal position in Los Angeles, California and later an Assistant Superintendent position in Oscoda, Michigan. Dr. Taylor returned to Texas in 1965 to serve as Superintendent of Schools in Grapevine - Colleyville ISD and remained in that position until 1976. During his tenure there his progressive approach to managing the resources for the district resulted in the district later naming an elementary school in his honor. He was active in the community as well and served as Grapevine Rotary's first president when it began in August of 1967. In 1976 Dr. Taylor moved to the Beaumont area and accepted the South Park ISD Superintendent position. He said the consolidation with Beaumont ISD where he served as superintendent following a lengthy federal desegregation case was the biggest challenge of his career. News reports that year called him a cigar-puffing, tobacco -chewing guy who spends his free time playing cowboy, but said his reputation was that of an able administrator and solid financial manager who was always fair. He retired as the Superintendent of Beaumont ISD in 1989 after dedicating his life to education. Two years later in 1991 trustees commemorated his contributions to the district by naming the district's career center for him. He touched the lives of many students throughout Texas and served as an inspirational leader among his peers during his service as a school superintendent. Dr. Taylor was elected to serve as president of the Texas Association of School Administrators by his peers and was very active on both the state and national level in his professional organizations. He was an active member of many civic and community organizations such as Rotary and Chamber of Commerce. As a Rotarian, Dr. Taylor was named a Paul Fellow in Rotary twice during his lifetime. He was active in the Presbyterian Church in the community he lived in, as well as many other civic organizations. After retirement he served as an adjunct professor for Tarleton State University and was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Education Service Center for Region XI where he served as Chairman of the Board for over 10 years. His philosophy of empowering everyone in his path to be a lifelong learner continued until the day he died. He was an avid reader with an overflowing library and was generous to share his books with anyone interested in reading. His generosity was felt by many whose lives he touched. Doc will be missed by all those whose lives he blessed throughout his lifetime. He is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Patricia Taylor of Cleburne, his daughters, Sherry Taylor of Arlington and Holly Hancock of Beaumont, two grandchildren, Chase Taylor Smith of Denton and Baleigh Hancock of Beaumont, and special friends, Ray and Rhonda Crass of Cleburne. Other family members include two sisters Betty Malone of Richardson and Joanne Ferris of Tennessee, one sister in law, Linda Still of Denham Springs, Louisiana and husband Mike, brother in laws Jim Cobb of Hurst, Robert Cobb of Magnolia and wife Anne, Terry Cobb of Beaumont and wife, Charlene, Wayne Cobb of Kenniwick, Washington and wife, Joan, Carroll Cobb of Las Vegas, Nevada and Larry Cobb of Nederland and wife, Martha and host of nieces, nephews and friends. In leiu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the United Presbyterian Church, 1510 W. Westhill, Cleburne, Texas 76033, Presbyterian Children's Home, Itasca, Texas or the . You may view the obituary online at www.rosserfuneralhome.net or follow us on Facebook. Rosser Funeral Home 817-641-4800 1664 W. Henderson Street Cleburne, Texas 76033

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Rosser Funeral Home
1664 W Henderson St Cleburne, TX 76033
(817) 641-4800
Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on May 19, 2013
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