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Doris V. Bailey

August 8, 1940 – June 18, 2023


Sunday, June 25, 2023

Family Visitation: 1:00 P.M.

Funeral Service: 2:00 P.M.

Held at

Saint Paul AME Church

521 College Street West

Fayetteville, Tennessee



Pleasant View Cemetery

Fayetteville, Tennessee

Doris graduated from West End High School at the age of 16, whereas class president she gave the farewell address. She attended Tennessee State University for one year but graduated in the first black LPN class at Donaldson Hospital, and was one of the first black nurses to work on an all caucasian floor at Huntsville Hospital. Doris later worked as a Teacher Assistant for Lincoln County and Fayetteville City Schools and as a Physical Therapy Assistant at Lincoln County Hospital. In 1990 she received an Associate Degree in Sociology from Motlow State Community College and was subsequently hired as a Parent Involvement Coordinator for Head Start serving 13 counties.

Doris was a proud member of Browns Temple AME Church since birth, and took great joy in her Browns Temple family. She was a member of the Women’s Missionary Society and served as Browns Temple Cemetery President. She put together the first and only program to honor black veterans in Fayetteville for Browns Temple AME church. One of her proudest accomplishments was the Vance Family Genealogy research.

Doris was married to the late Ray Thomas Bailey who preceded her in death in 2013. She was also preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters; James Hayes, John Vance, Jesse Vance, Esau Vance, James Oliver Vance, Josephine Vance Suggs, Minnie Lee Vance Frazier, and Vera Sue Vance Thompson. She leaves to cherish her memories: a sister, Mattie Vance Freeman Kave; sister-in-law, Helen Vance, her children, LaRita (John) Mitchell, Quentin (Kim) Bailey, Chartan Bailey; grandchildren: John E. Mitchell, II, Kelsey R. Bailey, Joshua E. Mitchell, Erica (Chris) Jones, and Erick Mitchell; great-granddaughters, Arianna Jones, Brieanna Jones,; her caregivers: Patricia Bailey, Pixie Brown, Angela Hall, and Kathy Massey; her Browns Temple Family and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends she loved dearly.

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