Reverend Kyle Edward Weeks Taylor, 62, of Muskogee, Oklahoma went to be with the Lord on March 13th, 2020 in Tulsa, Oklahoma surrounded by his loving family. He was born to Roy Weeks and Laura (Wilson) Taylor on December 2nd, 1957 in San Francisco, California.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Laura (Wilson) Taylor; paternal and maternal grandmothers, Libbie Weeks (Toahty) Taylor and Nicey (Nancy) Battiest Wilson; uncles, Amos Toahty, Joseph R. Toahty, Ralph Toahty, Benjamin Toahty, Jimmy Taylor, Emerson Wilson and Walter Wilson; aunts, Genevieve Toahty, Edith Toahty, Gladys (Gene) Lanphear, Lillian Pratt Toahty, Marie McClelland Toahty, Gladys Toahty; father-in-law Wilson Deere; cousin Ralphie Wilson and a niece, Joy Harjo.
Kyle was an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, and was also a descendent of the Choctaw and Cheyenne Tribes. He was a direct descendant of the last hereditary chief of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Chief Whiteeagle. He loved his Pawnee ways and participated in Pawnee culture and community events, and other Native American tribal community events.
He was a proud high school graduate of Fort Sill Indian School in Lawton, Oklahoma. He was a lifelong learner and attended San Mateo College, San Francisco State, and the University of Oklahoma. He obtained a bachelor’s degree from Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, his master’s degree of Science and Leadership from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. Kyle was close to completing his Doctorate program at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He taught Leadership, American Indian Studies and Christian Ministry classes. He taught for 15 years at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He was the chair for the Division of Indigenous Online Teaching and Learning , and Assistant Professor of Leadership at Bacone College. Kyle also served as past president of the AISA (American Indian Student Association) at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma.
He had a love for God and loved to preach the Word of God. He pastored at All Tribes Community Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Bacone Baptist Church in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Kyle loved sports and a fan of many teams including the Oklahoma Sooners, San Francisco Giants and 49ERS, Los Angeles Lakers and Dodgers and his favorite golfer, Tiger Woods. He had a small collection of vinyl records. He enjoyed the music of the Beatles, especially John Lennon, and Earth, Wind, and Fire. His favorite actor/hero was Steve McQueen.
On July 18th, 1987, Kyle married his wife, Marcia in Norman, Oklahoma.
He is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Marcia Luann Taylor of the home; four sons, Kyle Samuel Issac Taylor Jr. and wife Jana, of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Stephen James Taylor of Muskogee, Oklahoma, Christopher Paul Taylor of Muskogee, Oklahoma and John Zachery Weeks Taylor of Muskogee, Oklahoma; father, Roy Weeks Taylor of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two grand-children, Kyle “KT3” Taylor and Alexander Taylor; one brother, Roy Taylor Jr. and wife Catherine of Minneapolis, Minnesota; one sister, Beverly Ann Harjo and husband Dr. Jim B Harjo of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Aunts: Dorothy Bailey and Juanita Toahty; Five nieces, Lora Horgen, Faith Harjo-Jones, Hope Harjo, Patience Harjo and Katie Ledford; two nephews, Rory Taylor and Corey Barnett; Sisters Carlotta Harjo Nowell, Jo Harjo and Mary Lou Toahty-Stevens and mother-in-law, Louise Deere; and a host of other relatives and friends also survive him.
A visitation will be held Monday, March 16th, 2020 from 1 pm to 8 pm, with family being present from 6pm to 8 pm, at Heath-Griffith Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will be held Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 12 pm in the Bacone College Memorial Chapel in Muskogee, Oklahoma. A Wake Service will be held at Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at 7pm in the RoamChief Building in Pawnee, Oklahoma. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 at 1 pm in the RoamChief Building in Pawnee, Oklahoma with Reverend Archie Mason officiating. Interment will follow in the North Indian Cemetery, Pawnee, Oklahoma.
Arrangements and Services are entrusted to Heath-Griffith Funeral Home of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Expressions of Sympathy for the Taylor family may be left by visiting www.heathgriffithfuneralhome.com.
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