Funeral for Gordon E. Taylor, 87, of Denton was Aug. 2 at the First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Bill Knight, Joey Vick, Gene Fluker and David Taylor Knight officiating. Burial was at East Bridgeport Cemetery.
Taylor died Monday, July 30, 2012, in Denton.
Born July 23, 1925, on a farm near Tilmon in Caldwell County to Albert and Cassie (Roberts) Taylor, he graduated from high school in Three Rivers in 1941 and earned a bachelor of science degree in natural gas engineering in 1947 from Texas A&I College in Kingsville, now Texas A&M in Kingsville. He married June Ellen Hurst Dec. 20, 1949.
Taylor served in the U.S. Army from September 1943 to January 1946 as a combat medic in the 104th Infantry Division serving in ETO during World War II. His service awards included Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Certificate of Merit Citation, Combat Medic Badge and Meritorious Service Wreath.
He was a member of American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Veterans of Foreign Wars, a Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) member of A.S. Johnston Camp No. 983, life member of National SCV and Texas Division of SCV; National Rifle Association, Texas State Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. Taylor was a charter member and First Commander of the Wise County Veterans Group, formed in January 2000.
He was employed in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana from 1947 to 1952 by Magnolia Petroleum Co. He then operated the family farm and ranch near Whitsett and did oil and gas consulting work in South Texas from 1952 to 1955. Taylor worked for Trio Drilling Co. and Miles Production Co. in Bridgeport from 1955 to 1957; George Mitchell and Associates (later Mitchell Energy Corp.) in Bridgeport from 1957 to 1959, in Houston from 1959 to 1967 and again in Bridgeport from 1967 to 1976, when he resigned as vice president and general manager of the North Texas Division and president of MND Drilling Co.
Taylor was a consultant to MEC and MND from July 1976 to January 1977 while he formed G.E.T. Service Co., Taylor Operating Co. and Taylor and Associates. He formed B-P Sales and Service Co., and Taylor and Associates became Taylor Exploration Co. The companies dissolved in 1987, and he operated gas and oil wells in North Texas and did consulting work until Jan. 1, 2001, as G.E. Taylor Operator/Consultant. He formed G.E. Taylor Inc. as operator of various oil and gas properties, and G.E. Taylor Operator/Consultant LTD as W.I. and R.I. owner.
Taylor was a member of Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, North Texas Oil and Gas Association, Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME and API. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Texas and the National Society of Professional Engineers. He served as director of First National Bank of Bridgeport from 1980 to 1983 and was a member of the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce from 1967 until his death, serving as president in 1971 to 1972. He was named outstanding citizen in 1974 and was instrumental in forming the Bridgeport Industrial Foundation. Taylor was supportive of various charities and civic organizations in the Wise County area.
He was active in the Republican Party political arena at the local, state and national level since 1960. Taylor became a follower of Jesus Christ in July 1937 in Whitsett and was ordained a deacon of the First Baptist Church of Bridgeport May 17, 1970. He was a member of Cuba Road Church in Bridgeport.
Taylor was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Mae Bijak, in July 1979.
He is survived by his wife; daughters Jo Ellen Knight and husband, Bill, of Denton and Julia Elaine Hays and husband, Tracy, of Amarillo; grandsons David Taylor Knight and wife, Bridget, Taylor Jacob Hays, Ryan James Hays and Caleb David Hays; granddaughters Katherine Knight Myers and husband, Robert, Joanna Elizabeth Piatt and husband, Jacob, and Rachel Elaine Amezquita and husband, Joshua; and great-grandchildren Kynslee Grace Knight and Dylan Jackson Myers.
Pallbearers were David Knight, Katherine Myers, Joanna Piatt, Taylor Hays, Rachel Amezquita, Ryan Hays and Caleb Hays.
Honorary pallbearers were B.D. Workman, Tommy Mann, James Isom, Mike Scroggins, Jerel Flippin, Larry Isom and members of the Wise County Veterans Group.
Memorials may be made to Cuba Road Church in Bridgeport, (940) 683-4368; Wise County Veterans Group, Ray Nellis, (940) 427-4481; and A.S. Johnston Camp No. 983, Ray Florence, (940) 683-4640.