Zavion Dontao Pargo

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.

7 thoughts on “Zavion Dontao Pargo”

  1. Anna Jackson Morris

    God give us and take away, but he will never let you remove yourself from our hearts. You will always be a part of our life in spirit and memories. Have a safe flight, young nephew, and when you get to heaven, just know you’ll never be forgotten here on earth, your memory and your soul will stay with us forever till we meet again amen. Auntie Anna Maey. Glory be to God

  2. Raynesha Hudnell

    Blessed are those who knew you and those you have heard many great things about. Love is infinite and God’s peace is inevitable. The family will continuously be in my thoughts and prays.

  3. Young king my deep condolences and strength for your parents, uncle and loved ones. Hopefully your working on that game of yours… lol they don’t ball out there like that

  4. Mr. Joseph Eason

    Prayers and thoughts are with his family! I was his teacher in Jacksonville Middle school. He was such a fun and kind young man!

  5. Good morning Family, I’m Coach Smitty from PG Thunder Basketball Organization. I haven’t known Leonard and Zavion long at all but from my organization. I would like to say you guys have our condolences for your lost. God bless you all

  6. Good Evening All,
    I am one of the assistant coaches for PG Thunder. To echo our founder Gerald Smith, I didn’t Zavion for long. However, the times I did work with him I won’t forget.
    I recall after practice he wanted to work on his shooting. He didn’t get frustrated, instead he listened and was very engaged. Within a matter of minutes he fixed his shot and I could remember he feeling really good about it. This news saddens me even though my time with him was brief. My thoughts and prayers goes out to his Uncle Leonard and Zavions family.

  7. Sending prayers for this young man as he went to school with my daughter @ Hazen and her friends told me what a great guy he was. So sorry for your loss . The Adams Family would like to send our deepest sympathy 🙏

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