'Designing Women' actor Meshach Taylor dies at 67 - Tulsa World

'Designing Women' actor Meshach Taylor dies at 67 - Tulsa World

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Frances Marie Cole Anderson Shreveport, LA – Frances Marie Cole Anderson, passed away on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, at 5:00 a.m. after a lengthy battle with cancer. Visitation will be held from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, at Osborn Funeral Home. Funeral services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 30, 2014, at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. Officiating will be Ray Branton and Conrad Edwards. Interment will follow at Forest Park Cemetery. Frances was a native of Tulsa, OK and a resident of Shreveport, LA for 43 years. She was a member of The Upper Room Sunday School Class at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. She attended the University of Tulsa where she was a member of the Upsilon Chapter of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. Frances was active in The Book Club, her Monday Lunch Group and her Wednesday Lunch Group. She enjoyed her time with family and friends at their camp on Lake Bistineau, their condo in Snowmass, CO and the Tiger Den Suites at Tiger stadium. Frances fought this battle for 8 years with never a complaint. She left a legacy of bravery and courage and has given an example to her family and friends on how to face adversity. Frances never met a stranger and everyone she came in contact with experienced her generosity. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend and will be dearly missed. Frances was preceded in death by her parents, John and Daisy Cole; and brotherin-law, Carl Mark Travillion. She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Henry Feazel Anderson; daughter, Andrea Marie Vardell and husband, Thomas Arthur Varn



dell; three sons, Jake Feazel Anderson, Gregory Brent Cummings and wife, Dawn Michelle Cummings and Taylor Cole Anderson and wife, Sarah Harper Anderson; and eight grandchildren, Madison Kristi Cummings, Taylor Skye Cummings, Gavin Gregory Cummings, Daisy Grace Vardell, Thomas Colton Vardell, Ann Estelle Anderson, Emily Frances Anderson and Henry Feazel Anderson II. She is also survived by her two sisters, Kay Carylon Huggins and husband, Don Huggins and Nancy Carol Travillion; and one brother, Gene Taylor Cole and wife, Georgia Cole and 12 nieces and nephews. Pallbearers will be Gene Hilliard, Jack LaBorde, Cass Gaiennie, Steve Simon, Kim Kayser, Russell Tynes, Greg Byran and Ed Gunter. Honorary pallbearers will be The Upper Room Sunday School Class at Broadmoor United Methodist Church. The family requests that memorials be made to Broadmoor United Methodist Church, 3715 Youree Drive, Shreveport, LA 71105 or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or online at their website https:// support.woundedwarriorproject.org. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Anil Nanda, Dr. Russell Tynes, Dr. Scott Boniol, Dr. Lenzi, Dr. Vardhachary and the staff of MD Anderson Cancer Center. The family would also like to thank the Home Health Care Nurse, Robyn Watkins and caregiver, Lucy Frazier, Delphi Smith and Valerie Johnson, as well as long-time employees, Ci Ci Brown and Scott Winkler.


TULSA Cook, Johnny, 36, diesel mechanic, died sunday. services pending. Mark Griith-Westwood. Graf, Mark Anthony, 55, oil and gas company consultant, died Friday. rosary 7 p.m. Monday and funeral Mass 11 a.m. tuesday, both at Church of the resurrection. schaudt’s, Glenpool. Hudgens, Alva, 77, retired mechanical engineer, died sunday. services pending. Fitzgerald southwood Colonial. Radebaugh, Jarrette “Jerry,” 93, retired radebaugh Oil Co. owner, died thursday. Memorial service 1 p.m. Wednesday, Ninde brookside Funeral home Chapel. Russell, Nadine, 84, retired from POh Dental supply, died saturday. services pending. Moore’s Eastlawn. Schnetzler, Jo Etta, 84, registered nurse, died sunday in springield, Mo. services pending. Ninde brookside.

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BROkeN ARROW Roland, Oneita Mae, 83, businesswoman, died Friday. Visitation

4-8 p.m. Monday, hayhurst Funeral home, and celebration of life noon tuesday, roland Family Farm, Coweta. Private family services.

CATOOSA Armstrong, Margaret, 57, homemaker, died sunday. services pending. Kennedy-Kennard. CLAReMORe Staley, Norma P., 86, retired Centrilift tool attendant, died sunday. services pending. MMs-Payne. eufAuLA Pearce, Ellen L., 74, nurse’s aide, died Friday. services pending. hunn black & Merritt. fAiRLAND Miller, David Wayne, 58, died saturday. services pending. brown-Winters. keLLYviLLe Cartwright, helen Jean, 89, homemaker, formerly of Kellyville, died Friday in White Oak, texas. Visitation 5-7 p.m. tuesday and memorial service 3 p.m. Wednesday, both at Green hill Funeral home, sapulpa. MANNfORD Greenwood, billy J., 89, rancher, died saturday. service 10:30 a.m. tuesday, First baptist Church. Mannford Funeral home. n





OWASSO idleman, Kenneth Dale, 73, retired from city of tulsa Parks Department, died saturday. services pending. Mowery. Seely, Wilma Jean, 100, homemaker, died sunday. services pending. Mowery. PAWNee Miller, Georgette Echohawk, 80, homemaker, died saturday. service 10 a.m. tuesday, Pawnee Nation roam Chief Event Center. Poteet. SAND SPRiNGS Phillips, Dorothy Florene, 96, retired licensed practical nurse, died saturday in Amarillo, texas. service 1 p.m. tuesday, Lakeside Church of Christ. MobleyDodson. SAPuLPA Smith, Gary Leon, 75, sales and purchasing agent, died sunday in tulsa. services pending. schaudt’s, Glenpool.

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Eagle Arms Gun show at the time of the shooting. hawk told police he thought the gun was unloaded when he demonstrated a concealed-carry wallet holster to the woman, Krista Gearhart, 25, of Orangeville. Gearhart was treated and released for a thigh wound at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. hawk told police he had done the same demonstration about 20 times without incident before the shooting, “racking” the gun’s slide to clear it of bullets each time, sharrow said. somehow, the gun was loaded when Gearhart was shot. Police said hawk told them

BY FRAZIER MOORE Associated Press

Meshach Taylor, who played a lovable ex-convict surrounded by boisterous Southern belles on the sitcom “Designing Women” and aped U.S.-WORLD pine a rnuDEATHS merous other TV and ilm roles, died of cancer at age 67, his agent said Sunday. Taylor died Saturday at his home near Los Angeles, according to agent Dede Binder. Taylor got an Emmy nod for his portrayal of Anthony Bouvier on “Designing Women” from 1986 to 1993. Then he co-starred for four seasons on another successful comedy, “Dave’s World,” as the best friend of a newspaper humor columnist played by the series’ star, Harry Anderson. Other series included the cult favorite “Bufalo Bill” and the popular Nickelodeon comedy “Ned’s Declassiied School Survival Guide.” Taylor’s movie roles included a lamboyant window dresser in the 1987 comedy-romance “Mannequin” as well as “Damien: Omen II.” He guested on many series including “Hannah Montana,” ‘’The Unit,” ‘’Hill Street Blues,” ‘’Barney Miller,” ‘’Lou Grant,” ‘’The Drew Carey Show,” and, in an episode that aired in January, “Criminal Minds,” which stars Joe Montegna, with whom Taylor performed early in his career as a fellow member of Chicago’s Organic Theater Company. Taylor also had been a member of that city’s Goodman Theatre. The Boston-born Taylor started acting in commu-

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nity shows in New Orleans, where his father was dean of students at Dillard University. He continued doing roles in Indianapolis after his father moved to Indiana University as dean of the college of arts and sciences. After college, Taylor got a job at an Indianapolis radio station, where he rose from a “lunky job” to Statehouse reporter, he recalled in an interview with The Associated Press in 1989. “It was interesting for a while,” he said. “But once you get involved in Indiana politics, you see what a yawn it is.” Resuming his acting pursuit, he set up a black arts theater to keep kids of the street, then joined the national touring company of “Hair.” His acting career was launched. After “Hair,” he became a part of the burgeoning theater world in Chicago, where he stayed until 1979 before heading for Los Angeles. Taylor played the assistant director in “Buffalo Bill,” the short-lived NBC sitcom about an arrogant and self-centered talk show host played by Dabney Coleman. It lasted just one season, 1983-84,

disappointing its small but fervent following. Seemingly his gig on “Designing Women” could have been even more shortlived. It was initially a oneshot. “It was for the Thanksgiving show, about halfway through the irst season,” Taylor said. But producer Linda Bloodworth-Thomason told him if the character clicked with audiences he could stay. It did. He spun comic gold with co-stars Jean Smart, Dixie Carter, Annie Potts and Delta Burke, and never left. Meanwhile, his real life worked its way into one episode. “We were doing some promotional work in Lubbock, Texas, and somehow Delta Burke and I got booked into the same hotel suite,” he said. They alerted their respective signiicant others to the mix-up, then muddled through with the shared accommodations. “When we got back I told Linda, and she put it into a show: We got stranded at a motel during a blizzard and ended up in the same bed!” Taylor is survived by his four children and his wife, Bianca Ferguson.

WiLBuRTON Sutmiller, Joe, 67, died sunday. services pending. Waldrop.


Monika and Joshua smith, broken Arrow, girl. Lauren and Monte Waterhouse, broken Arrow, girl.

Vendor shoots woman at Pennsylvania gun show bLOOMsbUrG, Pa. (AP) — A vendor accidentally shot a woman in the leg while demonstrating a gun and holster at a central Pennsylvania gun show, police said. the Columbia County district attorney’s oice will determine whether the vendor, Geofrey hawk, will face criminal charges stemming from the shooting saturday at the bloomsburg Fairgrounds, Oicer brad sharrow said. hawk, 44, of Warminster, didn’t immediately return calls sunday to his cellphone and business, in Case of Emergency Enterprises. he was manning a booth for his business at the

Actor Meshach Taylor, seen during a 1989 interview in Los Angeles, died Saturday of cancer at his home in Los Angeles. The actor, who appeared in the hit sitcoms “Designing Women” and “Dave’s World,” was 67. 

Longtime New York City Opera conductor Julius Rudel dies at 93


Krista and John Florence, girl. heather Miller and Joshua Vandiver, Muskogee, girl. Mellissa and Patrick Minney, sapulpa, girl.

• He co-starred in another popular television sitcom, “Dave’s World.”

STiLLWATeR vick, Clara M., 92, retired, died June 24. Visitation 6-8 p.m. tuesday, strode Funeral home, and service 11 a.m. Wednesday, Mount Zion baptist Church.

births St. John Medical Center Molly and terry Anderson, Muskogee, boy.

‘Designing Women’ actor Meshach Taylor dies at 67

he had left the gun on display while he completed background checks on some customers and believes it’s possible someone loaded the gun when he was busy. Joel Koehler, the gun show organizer, said hawk was asked to close his booth and leave the show, which continued sunday. the show has an entrance sign that says “No Loaded Weapons” and Koehler said his staf checks all guns to ensure they are unloaded before they are brought in for display. Koehler said saturday’s shooting was the irst at any show he has held at the fairgrounds or anywhere else.

Julius Rudel, conductor and former director of New York City Opera, speaks during a 2007 gala tribute to soprano Beverly Sills at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. 

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NEW YORK — Julius Rudel, who was the general director and principal conductor of the New York City Opera for 22 years until 1979 and led other operas around the world, died Thursday morning, his representative said. He was 93. Lisa Jaehnig said Rudel died of natural causes in his New York City home. Rudel was born in Austria, but moved to America as a teenager. He led more than 150 operas in the world’s major opera houses, including the Vienna Staatsoper, Paris Opera, Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera. He joined the New York City Opera in 1944. The City Opera iled for bankruptcy and shut down late last year. Jaehling said services would be private, but there “will be a celebration of his life and music later in the year.” The University of Rochester Press published Rudel’s memoir, “First and Lasting Impressions: Julius

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U.S.-WORLD DEATHS Rudel Looks Back on a Life in Music,” last year. He is survived by three children, seven grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren.

Newspaper cartoonist, ex-Disney animator dies FORT WORTH, Texas — Etta Hulme, a onetime Walt Disney animator who went on to a 36-year career as editorial cartoonist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has died at her Arlington home. She was 90. Her daughter, Helen Hulme, says her mother

died Wednesday after a number of years of declining health. A funeral is scheduled for Monday in Arlington. Hulme drew the StarTelegram editorial page cartoons from 1972 to her retirement in 2008 and was one of the few women ever hired as an editorial cartoonist for a metropolitan newspaper. She was the daughter of a grocer and a schoolteacher in the small Brazos Valley town of Somerville. After graduating from the University of Texas, she worked briely at the Disney studios before returning to Texas to raise four children with her husband.