ODESSA Marquis Eldred Taliaferro Sr., 92, of Brownwood, Texas, and formerly of Odessa, Texas, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Brownwood, Texas.

Marquis was born in Ozona, Texas, to Nellie and Marquis Taliaferro on Jan. 5, 1922. He went to high school in Fort Stockton, Texas. He was married to Dorothy Nell Scott on Nov. 27, 1941, in Fort Stockton, Texas. Marquis served in the U. S. Army during World War II. Marquis entered into management of Texas Reamer Company in 1961 and he, along with other partners acquired ownership in 1967. By the time he retired in 1981, operations had expanded through Oklahoma, South Texas, and the Rocky Mountains. Marquis was an avid fisherman, hunter and a member of the Elks Lodge. Above all, he was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Marquis is survived by his wife, Dorothy Taliaferro; son, Marquis Taliaferro Jr. and wife Hattie; daughter, Charlotte Theaux and husband, Eugene; grandchildren, Marquis Taliaferro III and wife Monica, Michael Taliaferro and wife Dana, Kenny Taliaferro and wife Kelly, Chris Taliaferro and wife Cheryl, Jennifer Henager and husband Chris, Michelle Munos and husband Jason, Nathan Theaux and wife Katie; and many great-grandchildren he adored.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Nellie and Marquis Taliaferro; brothers, Jake Taliaferro, Bill Taliaferro and Gordon Taliaferro; and son, John Taliaferro.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, with Mark Blau from Menard officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Mike Bohannan, Mark Stucks, Mark Fowler, Doug Scott, Chris Henager and Jason Munos.

In lieu of flowers, Marquis and his family request that donations be sent in honor of Marquis Taliaferro Sr. to the Hospice House in Odessa at 903 N. Sam Houston, Odessa, Texas 79762 or to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, Texas 77210-4486.

Online condolences can be made at www.sunsetodessa.com.