Doris Jane Taft

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Funeral services for Doris Jane Currin Taft, 92, of Taft, Tenn., were held Tuesday at Higgins Funeral Home. Burial followed at Blanche Cemetery beside her husband, Charles E. Taft.

Mrs. Taft was the mother of Marshall County Tribune General Manager Larry Taft.

Mrs. Taft died Friday at Lynchburg Nursing Center. She was a native of the Baugh community in Giles County, the daughter of the late A.R. and Roberta Smith Currin. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by son Charles O. Taft and five brothers -- Lawrence Currin, Ronald Currin, Barron Currin, Billy Currin and Paul Currin. She was a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors include son Larry Taft (wife Dinah) of Taft; daughter-in-law Hazel Taft of Lakeville, Ohio; granddaughter Jane Houin (Craig) of Lakeville, Ohio; and three grandsons: C.E. Taft of Lakeville, Ohio; Marshall Lee Taft (Emily) of Durham, N.C.; and Jared A. Taft (Misty) of Matthews, N.C.; six great-grandchildren: Aubree, Garrett and Tristian Houin of Lakeville, Ohio; Crete and Gray Taft of Durham, N.C; and Cannon Taft of Matthews, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Taft was a 1932 graduate of Elkton High School and attended North Alabama College of Commerce. She was employed for 24 years by the Department of Defense, retiring in 1985. She spent the final 16 years of her employment as a program manager on the Patriot Missile Project.

Mrs. Taft was active in community affairs, serving several terms as president of the Blanche Community Improvement Club and also serving as secretary-treasurer of the Blanche Cemetery for 19 years.

She shared a love of horses with her late husband and was a multi-time award-winning exhibitor of weanlings and yearlings at the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and enjoyed cooking, sewing and entertaining in her home as well as working in her flower and vegetable gardens.

Officiating the service was Mike Waters. Active pallbearers were Gary Byers, Tommy Cross, Barry Currin, Ron Currin, Thomas Wayne Malone and Jimmy Sanders. Honorary pallbearers were John T. Bobo, Thomas Cross, Mike Currin, Shamus Currin, Don Franklin, Tim English, Eric Hulsey and Stan Mathias.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Blanche Cemetery in care of Janice Young, 28030 Nuke Whitt Rd., Ardmore, Ala., 35739.