The Rev. Donald J. Taylor

The Rev. Donald J. Taylor, 87, of Wister left his earthly home and arrived at his heavenly home on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. He came into this world as the son of Flora and Ewell Taylor on Dec. 31,1926, in Royal.Donald served in the U.S. Army during World War II. While working at Fort Sill in Lawton, Donald found the true passion of his life when he felt the call to become a minister of the Gospel. In 1958 he went back to school to become an ordained Southern Baptist minister and was ordained at Friendship Baptist Church on Oct. 5, 1958. He pastored many churches in Oklahoma: Lawton, Paradise Valley, Wilson, Pauls Valley, Bartlesville and Keyes, then in Aztec, N.M. in 1970. Missing Oklahoma, he returned to serve as director of missions for Sans Bois Baptist Association. He later pastored churches in Tamaha, Red Oak, Lequire and Wister.Brother Don, as he was known to most people, never met a stranger. In fact, most people would say you had to really try hard to NOT be his friend. He loved his family, he loved his friends, but most importantly, he loved God and he wanted to please Him with his life. One of his favorite Bible passages was John 3:16. His version went like this ... “For God so loved Don Taylor that he gave his only son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”Donald married Darlene Hamner Martin on Aug. 3, 1990. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.He is survived by his wife, Darlene of the home; brothers, Raymond and J.F. Taylor of California; sister: JoAnn Swearingen of California; six children, Donna Entrekin and husband Billy of Alabama, Jimmy Dale (Taylor) Rowlett and wife Linda of Texas; Jan Gragg and husband Tom of Hartshorne; Dan Taylor and wife, Connie of Jenks; Leah McLaughlin and husband Brian of Poteau; Stephanie Weston and husband Danny of Wilburton; stepdaughter, Donna Fields and husband Bob of Wister; stepson, Eddie Martin of Red Oak; 28 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ewell and Flora Taylor; brother, Timothy James; and sister, Wandell Teal.A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Wister. Burial in Centerpoint Cemetery, Wilburton. The family will receive friends on from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Evans and Miller Funeral Home, 411 Dewey, Poteau. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Donald Taylor Memorial Fund, Kiamichi Baptist Assembly, P. O. Box 9, Talihina, OK 74571.