Helen Gora Taylor age 78 of Smithville, passed away Thursday night, August 20, 2020 at St. Thomas Rutherford in Murfreesboro. She was born April 7, 1942 to her parents, the late George Washington and Stella Lou Green Gora. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Taylor; 2 brothers, Hugo and Louis Gora; and sister, Amy Hartsell. She was a member of the Covenant Baptist Church and worked at Texas Boot and Federal Mogul. She leaves to cherish her memory 1 daughter, Keisha (Jeff) Norman of Murfreesboro; 2 grandchildren, Lesley Lane and Maximus Norman; 3 siblings, George "Buddy" (Judy) Gora of Crossville, Berta Merolli of Plum, PA and Barbara Carter of Irwin, PA; aunt, Janette Abernathy of Athens, AL; uncle, David (Shirley) Green of Athens, AL; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. The family has chosen a direct cremation and a Memorial Service will be 2:PM Monday, August 24, 2020 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Bobby Thomason officiating. Her cremains will be buried later with family in Athens, AL. Visitation with the family will be on Monday 1:PM until the time of the service at 2:PM. Due to Covid-19 and the Governor's Executive Orders 38 and 51, and Social Distancing Guidelines, we ask for the health and safety of everyone, that you please exercise social distancing. Our pews in the chapel are marked off to respect the guidelines and allow 100-125 for the service. The Funeral Home lounge is currently closed and No food or drinks are allowed in the funeral home at this time. The Memorial Service will be livestreamed at DeKalb Funeral Chapel Facebook page. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
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