HODGES PARK -- Charles "Chico" Vaughn Sr.'s last season came to an end the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at his home in Hodges Park. He was 73.
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His battle with cancer over, but a legacy remembered, celebrated and most of all loved.
Chico was born Feb. 19, 1940, in Hodges Park to the union of Milton and LaVern Vaughn. One of five boys and three girls, Chico attended Tamms High School (now known as Egyptian High School). As an outstanding shooter and competitive basketball player, Chico scored an IHSA record 3, 358 points and became the all-time leading male scorer in Illinois High School history. Upon graduation, he attended SIU in Carbondale. After three years at SIU, Chico had scored 2,088 points and his career average of 24.5 points per game is the Saluki school record. He is also ranked 13th in all-time rebounds.
Chico was drafted in the fourth round of the 1962 draft by the St. Louis Hawks. He played three seasons in the ABA and two seasons with the NBA. He was traded to the Detroit Pistons and later to the Pittsburgh/Minneapolis Pipers, helping the 1968 Pittsburgh Pipers win their first ABA title.
In 1972, Chico's love and passion for the game shifted to youth development. He returned to central Illinois and began working in the recreation field with young adults. In 1974, he returned to Southern Illinois and became involved in school and community events through such social organizations as Booster Club and Cavalier Club. He could be found many afternoons enjoying a sporting event and cooking for family and friends.
In 1992, he returned to SIU and completed his Bachelor of Science in recreation.
He continued to work at Meridian District 101 until he retired in May 2013.
In 2011, the Illinois Basketball Association recognized his accomplishments and he was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame.
He accepted Christ at an early age in Mount Zion Baptist Church in Hodges Park.
"The Chic," the name affectively given to him by his younger brother, will continue to ring out in the "Man Cave" as friends and family remember the grandfather, the father, the brother, the uncle and the man who touched them all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton II and LaVern Vaughn; his wife, June; his son, Justin; two brothers; two sisters; and one niece.
Chico leaves to cherish his memories, two brothers, Milton Vaughn III of Hodges Park and Terris Vaughn of Cape Girardeau; one sister, Charlene Vaughn of Cairo; three daughters, Gina Vaughn-Mays (Ronald) of La Mesa, Calif., Jynhae Tyler (Lawrence) of Pittsburgh and Rachel Booth (Dolph) of San Antonio; two sons, Charles "Pro" Vaughn Jr. (Elena) of Pittsburgh and Craig Scott (Linda) of Phoenix; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and close friends.
Services for Charles "Chico" Vaughn will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Meridian High School gymnasium with Pastor Daryl K. Cox officiating. Interment will be in Spencer Heights Memorial Park in Mounds. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the high school in Mounds.
Massie Funeral Home in Mounds is in charge of the arrangements.
Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Oct. 26 to Oct. 31, 2013