World War II Navy veteran celebrates centennial birthday

BONHAM, Tex. (KXII) -- Friday a World War II Navy veteran had the birthday party of a century. He turned 100 years old.

Doyle Taylor was recognized by a Texas Veterans Land board chairman, a Texas State Senator and even received a letter from the president.

He's from North Zulch and now lives at Clyde Cosper Veteran's Home, where family and friends threw his birthday party.

"This was such a huge goal for him. He always said he wanted to be 100," said Taylor's granddaughter, Sherry McKenzie.

"He never drank, he never smoked. He had fish, honey, oatmeal and Dr. Pepper," said Taylor's granddaughter Lisa Barnes.

A Navy veteran, grandfather and great-grandfather, and to Sherry McKenzie and Lisa Barnes, he's Papa.

"And to have distinguished individuals such as Mr. Taylor in our community is quite an honor for us," said Bonham City Councilman John Trubey.

Trubey said November 16, 2018 is officially dubbed "Doyle Taylor Day" in Bonham.

"We love him a lot and we're so happy he's still here and we're still able to celebrate with him," McKenzie said.

"Just a good Christian example of a man. And the fact that he served his country and he just was a model for how we should all be really," Barnes said.

Friday the State of Texas and the White House wished him happy birthday.

Barnes said Taylor worked in California repairing planes for three years during World War II.

"They would come in just on their last leg. And he would fix em up again so they could go back out and they could fight," Barnes said.

His granddaughters said he's lived his 100 years of life well.

"And he was always just so patient and so kind," McKenzie said.

"You know, his family was everything to him," Barnes said.