Earl Eddie Taylor, 66, of Sim Taylor Rd. in Cherokee, passed away at the Cherokee Indian Hospital following a brief illness. His loving family was by his side. Taylor was born on Wednesday, April 16, 1947 and passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
Earl was the son of the late Simeon Taylor and Beulah (Teesateskie) Taylor both of Cherokee.
He was a veteran of the US Army and served during the Vietnam War from approx 1968-74. He like many other sacrificed a great portion of their lives for his fellow country men. He had been involved in fellowship organizations doing what he learned to do in his life – give. Earl along fellow soldiers formed the All Nations Warrior Society based in Cherokee. The group of Native American Soldiers from many Inidan Nations provide an honor guard for fallen American soldiers and is formed by American Indian warriors. Earl was the commander.
Earl is survived by his loving wife Joan Denise Taylor; one daughter Sonya Martinez of KS; brothers, Mernie Taylor, Harry Taylor; sister, Alyne Taylor Tooni; grandchild, Caleb LeLand Taylor; uncles, Jess Taylor, Edward Taylor; nieces, Kitty Taylor, Carmen Tooni Davis; great neice, Hannah Youngdeer; nephews, Tyler Taylor, Charles Taylor, Jame “Jim” Tooni; great nephew, Mikey Youngdeer, all of Cherokee.
Earl was preceded in death by his son, Tony Earl Taylor and sister, Lahoma Taylor Kindle, also by many aunts and uncles.
A visitation will be held at the Living Waters Lutheran Church near the intersection of Locust Rd. and Goose Creek on Wednesday, Nov. 6 starting at 5pm. The body will remain at the church till the hour of service on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 2pm. Pastor Jack Russell will officate. An immediate burial will take place at the Veteran’s Cemetery on Yellowhill with the American Legion Steve Youngdeer Post 143 and members of the All Nations Warrior Society providing the buial detail. Acting pall bearers are Tyler Taylor, Addison Horton, Mikey Youngdeer, Charles Taylor, Les Ledfor, Greg Leadingfox with honorary James “Jim” Tooni.
For those who would like to donate in the memory of Earl, they may do so through one of his chosen groups, the Osprey Ministries, Inc.. The contact may be made at ospreyminitries.org within the next 24 hours a page in memory of Earl will be posted and will provide a point of memorial.
Long House Funeral Home is assisting the family in the final arranegments of services.