1951-2016 David Nelson Vaughn, born as David Vaughn Cheatham, of Austin, Texas, passed away on March 31, 2016 in Austin. David was born in Beaumont, Texas on December 3, 1951 to Evelyn Vashti and Cecil Elmer Cheatham. He graduated from South Park High School in 1969. He served in the US Army, was a Viet Nam Veteran and received the National Defense Service Medal. David loved playing his guitar and singing Country Western songs to anyone who would stop and listen. He loved Willie Nelson so much that he changed his name legally to David Nelson Vaughn to honor the legend. He had a service heart and spent many hours entertaining the disabled veterans in both Houston and Austin VA Hospitals. David's journey was sometimes difficult but when the Lord called him home no gentler hand could have been given. Survivors include his daughters Sarah Somera of Austin and Christine Patrick of Virginia; sons Lucas Cheatham of Louisiana and Jonah Cheatham of Austin; brother Larry Cheatham and wife Linda of Beaumont; sister Diane Bass and husband Don of Warren; nephew James Kersh and niece Glenna Woods. He has 11 grandchildren and several great nieces and great nephews. David was preceded in death by his parents Evelyn Shaffer Dooley and Cecil Elmer Cheatham, his grandparents Vaughn and Irene Shaffer and Elmer and Elite Cheatham and his youngest brother Terry Lee Cheatham. Interment will be held at 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Houston National Cemetery in Houston, TX. For more information or to pay tribute please visit www.wcfish.com. The family wishes to thank those at the VA who provided assistance to David. He was grateful for their counsel and their medical care. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a Veteran's cause of your choice or to a program of recovery. Arrangements by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, Austin, TX - (512) 452-88811
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Apr. 10, 2016