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Dr. Dencil Taylor

Dr. Dencil Taylor
December 8, 1934 - August 6, 2011

Dr. Dencil R. Taylor, retired Midwestern State University professor, succumbed August 6, 2011 in Wichita Falls, Texas. Dr. Taylor was born in Rover Arkansas December 8, 1934.

He earned both his BA and MA from Northwestern State College, Natchitoches, Louisiana in 1962 and his PhD. from Louisiana State University in 1979. Dr. Taylor, a former high school debate coach served in the US Army in the late 50s and early 60s. He joined the MSU Speech and Drama Department faculty in 1970. After 29 years of teaching at the college level, he retired in 1999.

Dr. Taylor was a popular speaker on Clementine Hunter, whom he had met as an undergraduate at Northwestern College. He traded her tubes of paint and canvases for her early artwork. That was a lot for a college student, he related, but I loved her work. He enjoyed sharing his personal stories and her art with others.
Beloved husband, stepfather, and grandfather, Dr. Taylor also befriended many MSU students in the almost three decades that he was on the MSU faculty. His most recent and greatest joy was to see his grandson, Taylor, graduate from Wichita Falls High School.

Left to cherish his memories are is loving wife of 37 years, Patricia Ann Taylor, son, Bill Higgins Martha, Alexandria, LA, Daughter, Marion Anson Prchal John, Wichita Falls, cherished grandson Taylor Anson Wichita Falls and sole surviving sister, Wanda Grissom Baton Rouge, nephews and nieces.

Preceding him in death are his parents Leona and Lee Taylor, brother Dewey Taylor, and sisters Ruby Short, Bernice Riley, and Eunice Martin.

A memorial service will be held at Lunns Funeral Home, Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Former speech student, and family friend of Dr. Taylors, Reverend Annie Laura Ray of Haven Chapel United Methodist Church, West Columbia, Texas will conduct the services.