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Homer K. Taylor

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Homer K. Taylor Obituary
Homer K. Taylor, 83, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater, Texas. Bor?n in Zion Hill, Texas on November 14, 1934, Homer was the son of R. B. Taylor and Josephine Blakley Taylor. He graduated from Putnam High School in 1953 and Cisco Junior College in 1955. He earned ?a bachelor of science degree in education and English and a Master of Education degree from Hardin-Simmons University. In addition, he was a Wall Street Journal Fellow. In May 2011, Hardin-Simmons University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree. In addition to other public school roles, Taylor taught high school in Jayton and Sweetwater and served as an assistant principal at Sweetwater High School. Taylor played a pivotal role in opening the Texas State Technical Institute (TSTI) Sweetwater facility in 1970. Taylor's first role at the Sweetwater campus was as assistant manager. He, along with D.A. (Bill) Pevehouse, facility manager, and two office employees, worked in the old Texas Bank Building in Sweetwater. Taylor later saw the campus become the Rolling Plains Campus of TSTI and then, in 1991, the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Sweetwater. In 1999, the campus expanded its reach and became the Texas State Technical College West Texas. Taylor worked for TSTC from 1970 until his retirement in 2005. During that time, he was an assistant campus manager, manager of instruction, dean of instruction, manager of development, college president, and vice chancellor of the TSTC System. The TSTC Board of Regents later gave him the elite distinction of naming him President Emeritus. During his career, Homer was an active civic leader, participating in various organizations and serving on several boards and councils. He held leadership positions with the West Texas Rehabilitation Center Board of Directors, Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce, Rolling Plains Technical Foundation, Sweetwater Industrial Foundation, Nolan County United Way, and Texas Wind Energy Consortium. He was a member of the Sweetwater Rotary Club and served the youth of Sweetwater through his roles in the Boy Scouts of America. After his retirement, Taylor helped to create the Nolan County Foundation, which has given approximately $300,000 to Nolan County students attending Texas colleges. The foundation also has supported the Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital and the Sweetwater Municipal Auditorium. Homer understood the power of education and made it his life's mission to develop and provide meaningful educational opportunities to the students of West Texas and the state of Texas. Even after retirement, he remained committed to his mission and worked to support local students in their pursuit of higher education goals and, ultimately, their dreams. H?omer was preceded in death by his parents, R. B. and Josephine Taylor; his brothers, R. B. (Buddy) Taylor, Jr., Frank Taylor, and William (Bill) Taylor; ? and an infant son, Gregory Taylor. Homer is survived by his wife, Beth, and his children, Rebecca Sales and husband Rick of Mansfield, Texas; Kirk Taylor and wife Laura of Austin, Texas; and Barry Taylor and wife Kathleen of Lubbock, Texas. He also is survived by his step-daughter, Leah Price, of Abilene, Texas, and his sister, Mary Finley of Farmington, New Mexico. Additionally, Homer was very proud of his grandchildren, Shannon Ledbetter, Brannon Ledbetter, Karen Taylor, Rachel Sales Kraut, and Natalie Sales. Also left to cherish his memory are beloved in-laws, nieces, nephews, and cousins too numerous to name. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to those special friends and caregivers who provided companionship, support, and laughter when he needed it most. He will be missed by all. Homer was an inspiration to countless people and served as a leader and mentor ?in all aspects of his life. His family is grateful that he continued to instruct, guide, and lead us up until the very end. His clarity and resolve were final gifts. Although rarely at a loss for words, Homer reflected what was important to him through his dedicated endeavors, quiet gestures, and understated actions. In keeping with his guidance and wishes, no services are planned at this time. In honor of Homer's lifelong passion for education, the family is establishing the Homer K. Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations to the?fund may be made in care of First Financial Bank, P.O. Box 660, Sweetwater, TX 79556-0660. The donations will be used to provide support to West Texas students in pursuit of their higher education goals. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mccoyfh.com
Published in Sweetwater Reporter on May 2, 2018
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