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Twila Taylor


Funeral services for Twila Taylor, 71, of Washington were  held Monday, February 19, 2024 at the Washington First Baptist Church. Interment  was at the Washington Cemetery under the direction of the Wilson-Little Funeral Home in Purcell.

Mrs. Taylor passed away unexpectedly on February 14, 2024.

Twila Annette Lyles was born on September 17, 1952 in Norman, Oklahoma, the oldest of two children born to Raymond Wilson Lyles Jr. and Billie Jean (Grayson) Lyles.

In 1960, the Lyles family moved to the Goldsby area to raise their family. At just 10 years old, Twila made the best decision she could ever make by accepting Christ Jesus as her Lord and Savior. From the ages of 11-17, she played the piano at church using her musical talents to bring glory to Him. From there, her faith only grew bigger and bigger.

Twila attended Washington Public Schools and graduated with the Warrior Class of 1970. Shortly after, she attended business school to further her education and opportunities. While in high school, she met a young man named, Johnny Grant Taylor. Same as their parents, they were high school sweethearts. They fell in love and were married on April 2, 1971. Johnny and Twila’s love story was nothing short of epic, as the couple shared 52 wonderful years of marriage together, with memories to last a lifetime.

Twila was driven and dedicated to working hard every single day. She worked several odd jobs at places such as TG&Y national headquarters and Southwestern Bell, before she and Johnny continued operations of Taylor Paint & Body Shop. They owned and operated the shop together, and worked side by side for nearly 37 years.

Twila was a very caring and selfless woman. She was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, and did so with a smile on her face. Twila was also a woman of great faith and a faithful member of the Washington First Baptist Church.

In her free time, she enjoyed playing in a band with Johnny and Bill and Becky Andrews. Music was a gift that they shared together, and it brought them all much joy.

More than anything, Twila was a family woman. She loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. She loved chasing them around for all sporting events and activities they were involved in. She was always their number one fan and their biggest supporter! She truly cherished every moment with them.

Twila was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and a true friend. She will be dearly missed!

She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Billie Lyles.

Twila is survived by her loving husband, Johnny Taylor of the home; son, Justin Taylor and wife, Brandy, of Washington; a daughter, Tianna Elliott and husband, Roger, of Washington; five grandchildren, Case, Lane and Will Taylor and Taylon and Eastyn Elliott; brother, Wilson Lyles and wife, Dee, of Goldsby; sister-in-law, Cheryl McLure of Oklahoma City; nephews, Blake Lyles and wife, Vanessa, and children of Goldsby and Matt McLure and wife Kelly and son of Chicago and a host of other family and friends.

Online condolences may be made at wilsonlittle.com.