Clinton Elvis Vaughan, "Sonny", 81, went to be with the Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. He was born on Nov. 18, 1931 in Midland, Texas to Clint Elgin and Ruby Iona Bell Vaughan. He graduated from Sul Ross University where he met the love of his life Sylvia Rita Bennett Vaughan. They married on Jan. 28, 1951. Clint was a dedicated, lifetime member and served as president of the Breakfast Optimist Club of Las Cruces. He was employed by White Stores, Inc., in both Midland, Texas and Las Cruces. He then became owner/operator of The Furniture Warehouse, and finished his career as a furniture wholesaler. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, watching football and basketball, and wouldn't miss an afternoon of coffee with his friends. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and volunteered at Saint Vincent DePaul and Tresco for many years. Clint is survived by his spouse, Sylvia Vaughan; seven children; Rita and Lyle Hutchins, Laura and Matt Bridges, Lawrence and Marilyn Vaughan, Scott and Debbie Vaughan, Maureen Greene, Eleanor and Rick Manasco, Michael Vaughan; 16 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Clint Elgin and Ruby Iona Bell Vaughan, sisters Joyce Nix and Wilma Stapp, and twin great grandchildren. Services will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1327 N. Miranda. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at 6 p.m. with a rosary immediately following. The funeral will be held Wednesday Jan. 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. with a burial immediately following at Hillcrest Cemetery. Pallbearers are Galen Hutchins, Parker Greene, Cayman Greene, Austin Greene, Noah Vaughan, Ty Vaughan and Ryan Vaughan. Honorary pallbearers are Richard Larsen, Jim Morrison, Gene Peugh, Richard Hanson, Stephen Lee Stumberg, Jack Stroman, Don Nix, Shaw Skinner, Nelson Skinner and Walter Skinner. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Saint Vincent DePaul or a charity or church of your choice. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88001. To sign to the local online guest book, visit www.GetzCares.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 6, 2013