Ocie Taylor

May 26, 1920 ~ April 3, 2018 (age 97)

OCIE TAYLOR was born on May 26, 1920 in Marlin, Texas. He was the second of five children born to Olee Chapman Taylor and May Pearl Taylor. He received his early education in Waco, Texas. At the age of twelve, he began to demonstrate a servant's heart by serving as an usher in the church. The desire to serve God became a life-long pursuit.
In 1941, Ocie enlisted into the United States Army, where he served during World War II. He received his Honorable Discharge in January of 1943.

Afterwards, Ocie enrolled at San Diego City College, where he Machinery Technology. After completing his courses, he began his career as a machinist with the Federal Government. He retired after thirty-four years of commendable service.

on June 14, 1945, Ocie united in Holy Matrimony with the love of his life, Thelma Marie Peavy. Together they raised two beautiful children, Preston and  Faye. Their union was blessed with fifty-eight years of marriage before Thelma was called home to be with the Lord on October 23, 2003.

In 1944, Ocie joined Bethel Baptist Church under the pastorage of the late Dr. C. H. Hampton and continued under Dr. John W. Ringgold, where he served faithfully as an usher for sixty-six years. In 2014, he was honored as “Mr. Bethel”. Ocie loved his church and his church family; but most of all, He truly loved the Lord.

Ocie was a very loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to many. He enjoyed traveling throughout the country with his children, walking, gardening, fishing and especially reading his bible; which he read in its entirety several times. He was a very meek, humble, kind and gentle man; always willing to help others. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

On Tuesday, April 3, 2018, Ocie Taylor was summoned home to be with the Lord. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Thelma Taylor; his parents; his granddaughter, Ashantia Davis; one brother and three sisters. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted, daughter, Faye Cofield (Raymond); his loving son, Preston Davis (Rowena); sister-in-law, Cynthia Peavy; grandchildren: Michael Cofield (Renee), Attorney Monique Davis, Dr. Traci Powell, Creston Davis, Dr. Erica Ambeba (Chris) and Janessa Davis; great-grandchildren: Grant Henry, Brice Davis, Ashley Cofield, and Nathan Ambeba; Special family includes: Shirley and Kristal Johnson, Hudie Young and Rosetta Hopwood, and a host of other relatives and friends, including his Bethel Baptist Church Family.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race,  I have kept the faith

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