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Posted on 08 Feb 2007 at 9:36pm


Linda Lenoir died Sunday, Feb. 4. She was born Sept., 1947, in Watonga, Okla., to the late Joseph and Helen Dennison Lenoir.

Lenoir was a legal secretary with the law firm of Gwinn & Roby in Dallas. She was also an actress with Pocket Theatre, as well as a much-beloved cast member in the Dallas Bar Association’s “Bar None” productions, best known for her long-running role as “Jane” with Judge Buckmeier in “Eyeball Witness News.”

Lenoir was known to her friends as a wonderfully free spirit with an infectious laugh and irrepressibly positive disposition. To meet her was to be her friend.

Lenoir is survived by her brother, John Lenoir of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and by nieces, nephews, cousins and an extended family that includes her many friends.

A celebration of her life was held Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Chapel at Forest Lawn Funeral Home. Should friends desire, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Lance Armstrong Foundation at www.livestrong.org.

Arrangements under the direction of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3204 Fairmount St. in Dallas.

Philip “Phil” Taylor, co-owner of Mel’s Area Movers with the late Melvin Mitchell, his life partner, died Monday, Feb. 5, at his home in Dallas, from complications of AIDS, which he had battled since 1987, according to his family.

In one of his last writings, found with his personal belongings, he wrote of loneliness without his life’s partner, Mel Mitchell, and of his struggles with faith. He also wrote of his love for his daughter, parents and brother and sisters, and their love for him.

Taylor and Mitchell operated Mel’s Area Movers in Dallas with a focus on Oak Lawn, as well as in New Orleans for a few years, then finally in Dallas until early 2006 when Mitchell suffered a heart attack. Taylor also was a gifted cook whose culinary treats sometimes rivaled the best chefs. He had a green thumb and was a devoted gardener and landscaper, and he loved his pets.

Phil is survived by his daughter, Christine Reynier of Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico; three sisters, Katheryn Violette of Oklahoma City, Dr. Shannon Taylor of Frisco, and Stephanie Taylor of Dallas; one brother, Vernon Taylor of Frisco; and his parents, Jack and Myrna Taylor of Dallas; as well as by numerous nieces and nephews, and by old friends and associates in the moving business and the Oak Lawn community.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Road at Spring Valley in Dallas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in Philip’s memory be sent to AIDS Interfaith Network, Inc., 5029 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75209.

Arrangements under the direction of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, 3204 Fairmount St. in Dallas.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 9, 2007

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