Funeral services for Charles Dow Vaughn, 93, of Cookeville, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, in the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home, 931-526-6111. Burial with military honors will follow at Cookeville City Cemetery. The Rev. Max Mayo and the Rev. Drew Shelley will officiate.
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The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, and again from 11 a.m. until service time Thursday in the funeral home. Masonic services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home.
He died Monday morning, May 14, 2012, at NHC of Cookeville.
He was born March 20, 1919, in the Buffalo Valley community of Putnam County to the late Walter Dow and Vida Duke Vaughn.
He was a life-long member of Cookeville First United Methodist Church, where he was a charter member of the Backsliders Sunday school class.
As a youth, he was employed with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Fentress County.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a corporal in the European Theatre with the Forward Observation Post Artillery Division. He was a member of both Cookeville VFW Post 6296 and American Legion Post 46.
He has been a member of Cookeville Masonic Lodge 266 F&AM for more than 59 years, and a member of Scottish Rites Bodies and Al Menah Shrine Temple in Nashville.
He founded Vaughn's Monuments in 1946 and for more than 66 years served family's monument needs in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky. He was a member of Tennessee and National Monument Builders Associations.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Vickers Vaughn; a son, Michael Vaughn; two brothers, Sam Vaughn and Ray Vaughn; and two sisters, Virginia Moore and Wilma Bean Emerton.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, David D. and Julie Vaughn; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicky V. and Larry O'Rear, all of Cookeville; two sisters, Hallie Bohannon Jones and Lola Woolridge, both of Murfreesboro; two grandchildren, Eric M. Vaughn and Suzanne N. Vaughn; and a daughter-in-law, Delores Vaughn-Smith.
Active pallbearers will be Brian Phillips, Tony White, Nick Lafever, Roy Haney, Sonny Harris, and Kevin Edwards. Honorary pallbearers will be Alvin Clouse, Sam Vaughn Jr., Jerry Barger, Steve Barger, Gary Vickers, John Vickers, Jim Moore, Ronnie Bean and Donna McDonald.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the Cancer Care Fund, c/o The Foundation at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Blvd., Cookeville, TN 38501; or Shriners Hospitals for Children of Lexington, 1900 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502.
An online register is available at www.hhhfunerals.com.
Published in Roane County News from May 16 to May 18, 2012