Zavion Dontao Pargo, affectionately known as “Tao,” was born on March 26th, 2008, in Stuttgart, Arkansas, to Donald Pargo and Staci Smith-Pargo. Tao peacefully entered the loving embrace of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 16th, 2023, at the tender age of 15.
Tao was preceded in passing by his Uncle, Ontao Jackson of Fresno, CA, his maternal grandmother, Staci Jackson of Des Moines, IA, and his paternal grandmother, Juanita Pargo-Jones of St. Louis, MO.
Tao is survived by his parents, Donald Pargo of Hazen, Arkansas, and Staci Smith Pargo of Denver, Colorado. He is also survived by seven brothers: DeAndre Moore, Donald Moore, DeAndre Moore, Zohntay Proffitt, Davis James Gee, Zyvon Smith, and Jackson Smith. Additionally, he leaves behind four sisters: Zariah Proffit, Donisa Pargo, Zareanna Pargo, and Zyemma Pargo. Tao is also remembered by a host of cousin-siblings, aunts, uncles, cherished friends, and loved ones.
Tao embarked on his educational journey at Bayou Meta Elementary School in Jacksonville, AR, and later attended Hazen High School in Hazen, AR. Known for his kindness and willingness to go the extra mile, Tao loved to stay active, with a deep passion for football and basketball. He was huge fan of the Hazen Hornets and found solace in the music of NBA Young Boy, especially his favorite track, “Never Broke Again.” Tao’s caring nature extended to his family and friends, and he possessed the quality of a natural-born leader.
Tao’s absence will be profoundly felt by all who had the privilege of knowing him. He was a young man intentionally filled with joy, a master of humor, and a source of pride as a son, grandson, brother, nephew and friend. Tao held dreams of attending college and achieving great success.
A celebration of Tao’s life will take place on Friday, October 27th, 2023, at Prairie Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen, Arkansas, situated at the intersection of Washington and Woodlawn. A viewing will be held from 11 am to 1 pm, with the funeral service beginning at 1 pm. The Reverend Maurice Williams of Prairie Chapel will lead the service, paying tribute to Tao’s memory.