Vaughn David Thacker, 69, of Gulfport, Miss., walked through the gates of Heaven on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012.
Born in Evensville, he grew up in Kingston and graduated from Roane County High School.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Elias and Anna Maude Gamble Thacker; a brother, John; and a sister, Phyllis.
Survivors include his wife, Jerry; daughters, Tangie Carrillo (Mel), Gulfport, Teresa Coker, Marietta, Ga. and Linda Miller (Wade), Jackson, Miss.; a sister, Kathy Thacker Campbell (Harold), Belle Chasse, La.; a brother, Michael Thacker (Karen), Kingston; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He began his Southern gospel music career here in Kingston, singing with the Calvary Quartet (Sara and Bob Humphreys and Hugh and Viola Plemons) at Calvary Baptist Church. For more than 40 years, he sang with quartets, including the Dixie Echoes, the Bibletones and the Revelations. A talented singer, songwriter and pianist, he wrote more than 300 Southern gospel songs, including "Heaven's Really Real," "I'm Not Ashamed" and "Life Can Have a New Meaning."
A journey-of-remembrance service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, in Liberty Baptist Church, 205 Lawnville Road, Kingston, where family and friends may visit beginning at 2 p.m. A private burial will be at Bethel Cemetery, Oak Ridge. Obituary provided as a courtesy of Kyker Funeral Homes, Kingston.