Dora Lee Cauley

November 14, 1920June 6, 2019

Dora Lee Cauley, 98, of El Dorado, passed away, Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.

She was born November 14, 1920 to Fitzhugh and Valentine Davis McDowell in Morrilton, AR. She was a graduate of El Dorado High School, a member of the First Baptist Church. She worked in the administrative office at Lion Oil, and was co-owner of the Cauley Insurance Agency along with her husband. Dora also volunteered at the Regional Health Center, earning the volunteer of the year award for Arkansas. Her wonderful smile and her abundance of love will be missed by all. Dora was a beautiful person inside and out.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Thomas Patrick Cauley, Sr.; brother, William McDowell; sister, Kate Griffith and husband, Dale; and brother-in-law John Dowdy.

Survivors include her sons, Thomas Patrick Cauley, II (Janie) of Griffin, GA, Michael Lee Cauley of El Dorado; William Joseph Cauley of Maumelle, AR, David Brian Cauley of Memphis, TN; daughter, Eileen Anne Cauley of San Diego, CA; grandchildren, Jason Cauley (Reba) of Sherwood, AR, Brett Cauley of Atlanta, GA, Joey Craig (Patricia) of Decatur, GA, Terri Freeman of Birmingham, AL; nine great grandchildren; two great, great grandchildren; sister, Nancy Dowdy of Nashville, AR; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 10, 2019 at Young's Chapel with Rev. Jonathan Kelley officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 200 W. Main, El Dorado, AR 71730.

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  • Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Burial Monday, June 10, 2019


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Jo Anna Ellen Smith

June 10, 2019

Dora Lee was a special lady and very good friend to my mom, Wanda Ellen. She made me feel at home in her home and special whenever I was around her. Her persona was warm and direct. Her spoken word was succinct and true with an evenness of tone that caused me to pay attention. I feel very fortunate to have known her. My hope and prayer is that the void left in our world because of her departure can in some way be compensated for by trying to give to others what she gave to us by incorporating some of her wonderful qualities into our own lives. I have a beautiful reminder of her in my kitchen because of a generous gift she gave to my mom on her last birthday, a very special oven mit made of heavy insulated plastic. I think of Dora Lee every time I use it and will always treasure it.

Kay Palmer

June 8, 2019

Mrs. Cauley’s smile was her crowning glory. I never saw her without it and she always made me feel special! Being raised in a neighborhood full of exceptional people impressed on me the importance of being kind.

She was a special soul and I join with her family in mourning her passing, but I am assured that she has risen to her full glory!

Kay Sims Palmer