Eugene M. "Tex" Taylor, 75, of Payson, died Feb. 24, 2002, in Payson. He was born Oct. 15, 1926, in Bokchito, Okla.
Mr. Taylor was a Korean War veteran. He retired from Mountain Bell in Phoenix after 31 years of service. He also rode the rodeos before he entered the service.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ruth Taylor of Payson; two daughters, Teri and her husband Robert Jarke of San Antonio, Texas, and Cindy and her husband Robert Higgins of Glendale; one son, James and his wife Kathy Taylor of Colorado Springs, Colo.; one brother, Otis C. Taylor of Lake Jackson, Texas; three sisters, Loretta Glick of Georgetown, Texas, Nora Faye Parker of Bennington, Okla., and D'Lois Parker of Bokchita, Okla.; and three grandchildren, Nick Jarke, Taylor Higgins and Katie Higgins.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix.
Donations can be made to American Lung Association, 102 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ. 85003, or VFW, PO Box 895, Payson, AZ 85547.
Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.