, Port Arthur, Texas

April 23, 2013

Etoie Hodges Taylor

The Port Arthur News

—    Etoie Hodges Taylor went home to be with her Lord and Savior on April 22, 2013.  She was an angel on earth and is probably the only angel in heaven named Etoie.  Etoie was born on January 17, 1926 in Sunflower County, MS.  

   Etoie was preceded in death by her parents, James Calvin Hodges and Mary Belle Hodges; stepmother, Louise Hodges; daughter, Diane; sister, Marian and brother, Max.

   She is survived by her husband of 66 years, David G. Taylor, Sr.; son, David G. Taylor Jr. and wife, Jo Nell; daughter, Denise Young and husband, Tommy; brother, J.C. Hodges Jr; grandsons Aaron Watson and Philip Watson; granddaughters, Kristi Resendez, Kimmi Williamson, Rachel Watson; 4 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, April 24 at First Baptist Church, Beaumont with Reverend David Cross and Reverend Larry Walker officiating.   Visitation will take place from 10:00 AM until the service at 11:00 AM.    

   To know Etoie was to love her.  She was known for her uplifting spirit and bright, sunny smile.  She always saw the best in people.  Etoie was a member of the “greatest generation”, having lived through the 1930’s depression and World War II.  Etoie and David met at Mississippi College in 1944.  They were married October 30, 1946 after he returned from the Army Air Corps.

   Etoie was a substitute teacher for the South Park School District.  She was the first president of the Sallie Curtis PTA.  She was president of the Lamar Faculty Woman’s Club.  

   Etoie was a dedicated volunteer at Baptist Hospital for 35 years.  She also was a wedding coordinator at First Baptist Church for 30 years.

   Her work at First Baptist Church gave her the most rewards.  She was director of the youth department for many years.  She enjoyed chaperoning many trips and checking the roll for the youth choir.  

    Etoie went to many mission trips to the Valley and to Indian reservations in Arizona.  She was a member of the Esther Sunday School Class.

    Etoie and David enjoyed traveling, having visited all 50 states, 18 foreign countries and 20 Caribbean islands.   Etoie was the rock of the family.  She was always there for whoever needed a kind word, encouragement, consolation or just to listen.  She led by example.  Kindness and grace were the substance of her life.  Life without her will leave a huge hole that will be impossible to fill.

   Memorial contributions may be made to the International Missions Board, 3806 Monument Avenue, Richmond, VA, 23230 or a charity of your choice.