Mr. Vaughn was born December 16, 1927, in the mining camp of Premier, Ky, the eldest child of the late Daniel and Axie Turner Vaughn. He served the cities of first, Middlesboro, and then Asheville, NC, with distinction as executive director of urban renewal and public housing in the 1960s. He then became a U.S. Postal Service rural carrier for 23 years, retiring from the Service in 1990. Mr. Vaughn and wife Elizabeth owned and operated Karl’s Kwik Shop, a family grocery in Noetown, from 1968 through 1984. Mr. Vaughn was a member and retired deacon of Hensley’s Chapel Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elizabeth Robertson Vaughn of Middlesboro; daughter Carla (Don) Faulkner, Richmond, Ky., sons, Michael (Teresa) Vaughn, Knoxville, Tn., Dan (Charlotte) Vaughn, Middlesboro, and Steve (Dana) Vaughn, Middlesboro; four grandchildren, Andrew and Austin Vaughn, Manchester, Ky., Stephen and Shelby Vaughn, Middlesboro; brother, Noble (Marsha) Vaughn, Middlesboro; sister, Deloris (Chris) Underwood, Louisville, Ky.; nephew, Scott (Sandi) Schroyer, Louisville, Ky.; two nieces, Audra (David) Hale, Middlesboro, and Debbie Wyman, Louisville, Ky.; three great-nieces, three great-nephews; and special family friend, Velma Dyke.
The family acknowledges the loving and professional care given Mr. Vaughn by home health nurses Dan Smith, Michelle Wilder and Rhonda White; nurse practitioner Julia Blocker; and physician C.A. Moore.
Visitation for Mr. Vaughn will be from 5 until 8 PM Tuesday, July 29 at Creech Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 8 PM with Rev. Murphy Buell of Hensley's Chapel Baptist Church presiding.
Graveside services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday in the Green Hills Memorial Gardens in Middlesboro. Pallbearers will be Dan Smith, Dale Turner, Brandon Brown, Rai Ball, Kenneth Lee and Buddy Mike. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Jackson, Thurman Prater, Rich Cain, Bill Hayes, C.A. Moore, and Johnnie Greene.
Memorials are suggested to the American Stroke Association. www.strokeassociation.org
Creech Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.