Billie Vaughn

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January 28, 1951 - November 24, 2015
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Funeral Services for Mrs. Billie Leigh Holding Vaughn, of Fulton Street, North Augusta, SC, who under the steadfast care of her loving family was released to Heaven on Tuesday, November 24th, will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1 o'clock in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Augusta, GA. Rev. Robert D. Fain and Dr. J. Andrew Menger officiating. Private Family Interment in Sunset Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the Church Parrish Hall following the service. Born as the third of five daughters to the late Mr. and Mrs. William Willis Holding III of Wake Forest, NC, "Billie Leigh," as she was affectionately called in her early years, always stood out for her beauty and grace. She followed her mother's passion for dance and carried her same elegance and charm. Billie excelled as a talented ballerina at a young age and even danced her way to the title of Miss Wake County (NC) in 1969. She was the beloved wife of James Carleton Vaughn, Jr., whom she married in 1991. She attended St. Mary's College in Raleigh, NC from 1969 - 1970, and graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1973 with a degree in elementary education. She had four children with her first husband John William Thornton III, MD, all of whom survive her: John William Thornton IV ("Jay"), Andrew Holding Thornton, MD ("Andy"), Bradford Hunt Thornton ("Brad"), and Virginia Thornton Merrill ("Ginny"). Her children carried their mother's love for fitness and movement, succeeding on both the national and international stages in gymnastics as well as in other sports endeavors like basketball and cheerleading. A woman of boundless energy, Billie lived a life of service to others and showed a relentless desire to care and to provide - whether it was through raising her four children, cooking one of her well known elaborate family meals, or through her roles of service in the community. She served as an elementary school teacher in Durham, NC in the 1970's, and then as a substitute junior high teacher in Augusta, GA in the 1980's. She went on to pursue her ultimate calling of service by obtaining a degree from Augusta University School of Nursing in 1991, became a registered nurse, and has worked in various neurosurgical settings for over twenty years, most recently at Augusta Back. She showed a lifelong passion for exercise, dancing as a ballerina well into her adult years and becoming an avid walker and bicyclist. She could be seen several times each week riding her bike along the Greenway near her newly built home in North Augusta. She and husband Carleton were very active members in their church, Church of the Good Shepherd, as well as at the Augusta Country Club where they frequently enjoyed evening meals and socializing. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, whether attending their sporting events, keeping them on her days off from work, or helping prepare their birthday parties. In addition to her husband and four children, she is survived by daughters-in-law Maryanna Moody Thornton and Neely Davis Thornton, DMD; son-in-law Brett Colin Merrill; stepson James Carleton Vaughn III and his wife Marjorie Pelge Vaughn; stepson Edwin Campbell Vaughn; stepdaughter Louise Vaughn Joyner and her husband Richard Joyner; and a total of nine grandchildren, including Liam Thornton, McClure Thornton, Beckham Thornton, Sydney Thornton, Colin Merrill, Joshua Vaughn, Stanley Vaughn, Win Vaughn, and Cannon Joyner. In addition, Billie is survived by her sisters: Emily Holding Andrews and husband, William Pleasant Andrews; Elizabeth Hunt Holding ("Libby"); and Cynthia Harris Holding ("Cyndi"); sister-in-law, Elizabeth Davenport Sharpe, MD and husband, Kenneth Allan Sharpe, MD; and brother in law Joseph Maxwell Vallotton. A host of admiring nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive her. In addition to her late mother and father, she is predeceased by her sister, Vicky Holding Nelson, and sister-in-law, Louise Vaughn Vallotton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904 or to a . Posey Funeral Directors of North Augusta in charge of arrangements (803-278-1181). Visit the registry at
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Nov. 25 to Nov. 26, 2015
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