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Doris Taylor McPhail Williams

June 30, 1931 ~ April 27, 2021 (age 89)

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Doris Taylor McPhail Williams, born on June 30, 1931, passed away surrounded by “her girls” on April 27, 2021. She was 89 and gorgeous.

She was born on a farm in Sampson County to the late William H. Taylor and Nula Currie Taylor. Her late grandmother, Rosie Taylor, was - and will always remain - her inspiration.

Doris was Co-Owner and Operator of “The Pilgrim Gifts and Antiques” with her best friend and sister, Carolyn Naylor, for 35 years.

She lived a life of glamour, kindness, strength, generosity, friendship, hilarity, capability, gentleness, and spirituality. Doris was known for her stylish “black, white, and a touch of red” ensemble. (A red lip goes a long way.)

Doris was preceded in death by her husbands, William C. McPhail and Clayton S. Williams; siblings W.H., Erma, Isolene, Esther, and Donald; and bonus daughter, Dale Williams.

Surviving are her daughters, Jill McPhail DeVore, Jamie McPhail and husband Tom Laney; sister, Carolyn Naylor and husband Raymond; grandchildren, Katherine Gilliard and Mason McPhail Laney; numerous nieces and nephews; bonus children, Debra Williams Gandy and husband Harry, Clayton Williams and wife Susan, Cliff Williams and wife Sidney, Darla Williams Moore and husband Carl; numerous bonus grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3pm at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church. Masks will be required and social distancing will be encouraged. A private burial for immediate family will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Arrangements by Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey St. Fayetteville, NC 28301


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Memorial Service
May 2, 2021

3:00 PM
Snyder Memorial Baptist Church
701 Westmont Dr.
Fayetteville, NC 28305


Alzheimer's Association of NC
5171 Glenwood Ave. #101, Raleigh NC 27612
Tel: 1-919-803-8285

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