Bennie George Taylor was born Aug. 15, 1936, in Stockton, Calif., to Ben Ike and Jewel Taylor. He was their only son and eldest of five sisters. He attended Caney school through the eighth grade.
Services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 21, 2013, at Hart Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Loyd Kester officiating. Interment will be under the direction of Hart Funeral Home at the Caney Cemetery in Welling. Viewing will be Thursday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bennie married his loving wife, Ardith Fay Hare, and they have been married for 56 years, always living in the Tailholt community. They have three children: Bennie Alan and Shelly Taylor, Steve and Kay Taylor, and Mike and Patty Fredrick of Sallisaw. His grandchildren include: Wesley Taylor, Cameron Taylor, Jennifer Taylor, Paige Taylor and Hannah Taylor all of Welling, and Jacey Fredrick of Sallisaw; and one great-granddaughter, Laney Brooke Taylor of Tahlequah. His sisters are Thelma Taulbee of Welling, Letha and Donald Hood of Tahlequah, Wanda Chambers of Eufaula and Carol and Earl Weir of Tulsa. He is also survived by his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jerry and Mary Jo Hare and many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Sally Ann Linder, and his grandson Buddy Dwaine Taylor.
Bennie loved the Lord and was baptized at Caney General Baptist by Brother Loyd Kester years ago. Although unable to go to church regularly, he has been attending Gospel Tabernacle in Tahlequah.
He was a carpenter by trade, working for Cherokee Builders, Cherokee Nation Housing Authority and retiring from Green Leaf Nursery. Bennie worked his whole life doing many different things, but enjoyed farming and ranching the most. He worked many hours taking care of his cows, baling hay or fixing whatever needs to be done.
In his younger days Bennie dreamed of being a rodeo star. He was active in rodeo bareback riding and bull riding. He loved to rope and ride horses. In recent years, he loved to watch rodeo on TV or watch his granddaughters Paige, Hannah and Jacey ride around in the field or watch them in their rodeos on DVD. That always made him smile.
Bennie was a great husband, father, papa, brother and friend. We will miss him dearly, but will reunite with him in heaven someday soon.
Hart Funeral Home, 1506 N. Grand, (918) 456-8823.