Cleo “Dorris” (Vaughn) Taylor, 86, of Paragould passed away July 21, 2020. Born April 13, 1934, in Metcalfe Mississippi to Leslie and Cleo Vaughn, Dorris was raised in the Monette, Arkansas area. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and a member of Gainesville church of Christ.

As a young girl chopping a 40 acre field of cotton by herself, she had no idea what life had in store for her. She married when she was 18 to a young man in the Air Force (John Taylor) and traveled many places with an increasing number of children in tow. They were stationed in San Antonio, Texas; Wurzburg, Germany; Blytheville, Arkansas; and Wakkanai, Japan. They moved back to the “farm” near Paragould in 1970 to stay. Raising family and a garden became her main activities. Foster children became another passion and she loved them like her own.

Always a people person, Dorris was involved in many home party sales businesses but, finally found fulfillment in working for the Lord. She always taught “The Word” to others but became involved in World Bible School and eventually began mission work in Nigeria. She made several trips to Nigeria, sometimes accompanied by her husband, John. She helped further the word with ladies’ classes, helping to fund preacher schools, and with two schools bearing her name: The Dorris-Chad Christian Academy and the Dorris-Chad Bible College. She traveled to Nigeria until her health would no longer allow her to go.

Dorris was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John Taylor; brother, Les Vaughn; and sister, Rosalie McFarlin.

Survivors include her children: David (Laufrain) Taylor of Greenwood, Dorris “LaVonne” Taylor, Les (Cheri) Taylor, Kina (Roger) Knight, all of Paragould, Edie (Stan) Hall of Pocahontas, and Mark (Ronda) Taylor also of Paragould; foster children: April Walker, Danny Compton, Elisa Tippitt, and Johnny Compton; 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren; also an exchange student, Cecilia (Leite) Stoll

There will be no funeral service at this time, but a celebration of her life will be held in the spring.

Memorials would be appreciated to the Paragould Children’s Home at childrenshomes.org or to the work in Nigeria at Austin Chapel church of Christ, P.O. Box 98, Scott’s Hill, TN 38374 note in memory of Dorris Taylor.

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