Taylor Beaver Sr.
Sequoyah Orphan Training School ~ 1930s
Stilwell, Okla. -- Taylor Beaver Sr. passed from this world to join his Lord and Savior on February 1, 2008 in Stilwell, Oklahoma at the age of 93 years and 11 days.
Taylor was born January 29, 1915 to Samuel and Jennie (Scraper) Beaver in Adair county, Oklahoma. Taylor was orphaned at a very young age. His mother passed away when he was only three years old. After his father died in W.W.I on November 1, 1918, Taylor was raised by his grandparents until he reached the age of attending school. Taylor was then enrolled at a boarding school for orphans, which is now known as Sequoyah High School in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Taylor was a member of the Class of 1934, the first senior class to graduate from Sequoyah Orphan Training School.
Taylor was a veteran of the Korean War and served in the United States Army. After returning home from service, he married Flora Israel on November 13, 1934. Taylor was preceded in death by his wife, Flora: one infant sister, a grandchild, Brenda Boyer, and a great-grandchild, Kristen Paige Holt.
Taylor farmed in his early years of marriage and later went to work for the Cherokee Nation Sanitation Department until retirement. Taylor was a full blood Cherokee and was a proud member of the Sequoyah Baptist Church in Stilwell. He enjoyed his church, the gospel music and singing with his friends. Services were held at the Sequoyah Baptist Church on February 5, 2008. The music at his service was provided in his native Cherokee language by the Sanders Flat Singers. Pallbearers were his grandsons; Mike Beaver, DeWayne Beaver, Taylor Beaver III, Jeff Childers, Russell Beaver, and Roger Ford.
To the union of Taylor and Flora were born three sons and two daughters: Taylor Beaver and wife Susie, Tommy Beaver, all of Stilwell, Okla.: David Beaver and wife Dee of Farmington, New Mexico; Glenna Ford and husband Myrl of Owasso, Okla. and Darlene Beaver of Stilwell, Okla.
Taylor will be greatly missed by his children as well as his eighteen grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.