AHOSKIE – After a 25 year fight with cancer, Gilbert Cherry Vaughan lost his battle on Sunday, May 16, 2010 and moved on to be with his Lord and Saviour.
Born in Hertford County on February 13, 1928 to Vernon Linwood Vaughan and Parthenia Teaster Vaughan, he was preceded in death by his parents and two siblings, a sister, Earlene; and a brother, Merle Vaughan.
Gilbert was married to his high school sweetheart, Sylvia Harrell for 62 years and enjoyed the partnership they had in serving the world in their volunteer efforts, and the love they had for their family.
Mr. Vaughan is survived by his devoted wife, Sylvia Harrell Vaughan; one daughter, Kay Vaughan Byrd and husband, Charles Judson Byrd of Ahoskie; one son, Gilbert C. Vaughan, Jr. and wife, Carole Leonard Vaughan of Summerfield, NC; a sister, Doris Cayton of Laurel, MD; three grandchildren, Melanie Byrd Byrum and husband, Lee of Ahoskie, Jennifer Byrd and Guido Geurts of Greenville, and Jennifer Vaughan Davis and husband, Andy of Nashville, TN; four great grandchildren, Lanie Lee Byrum of Ahoskie, and Marit, Wynne and Ellie Davis of Nashville, TN; and many nieces and nephews.
Gilbert Vaughan will be remembered for his love of life and the dedication he had to serving the people of his community and beyond, especially the children. His service to his community earned his many awards. ‘Mr. Gilbert’, as so many young people called him, loved volunteering wherever he was needed. The Kiwanis Key Clubbers, at Ridgecroft School, touched his heart in many ways and he loved meeting with them and helping with their fundraisers.
He loved joining forces with his daughter, Kay, in volunteering with the Girl Scouts. He became a registered Girl Scout when she started a troop in 1982 and ended up being a Cookie Cupboard chair for over 20 years. He always wanted to be involved in his grandchildren’s adventures in life and was always right there whenever called upon.
He loved sharing his love of sports with his son, Gil, Jr., with fishing, hunting, baseball, and golf, at every chance he had. After Gil moved away from the area, he always looked forward to hunting season when he could spend quality time with his son. While he was able, he took every chance he could get to join his son and family to sit and fish on the pond and to enjoy the outdoors.
Mr. Vaughan graduated from Ahoskie High School in 1945 and served in WWII with the Army and Merchant Marines before finding his career in the printing business. He worked with the Roanoke Beacon and Roanoke Chowan News Herald for 35 years.
Mr. Vaughan was involved in many area civic organizations and was a member of First Baptist Church of Ahoskie for more than 50 years. His civic relationships have included coaching Pee Wee, Little League, and Pony League baseball teams, the Ahoskie Volunteer Rescue Squad and Volunteer Fire Department, Girl Scouts, Salvation Army, and the Kiwanis Club.
Kiwanis was one of his passions which earned him the Distinguished Kiwanian Award many times and Distinguished Lt. Governor four times. He was also honored with the Tablet of Honor and the Carl B. Hyatt Awards. He was so proud that both his children became Kiwanians and shared his love of giving to the children. Traveling to conventions and meeting new people expanded his friendships with members of Kiwanis. Some of those people became like his family and he cherished sharing their company every chance he got.
As an active member of the Salvation Army, Gilbert Vaughan served on the Board and chaired the activities in Hertford County. He coordinated activities such as organizing and manning a food bank at a local church and running the canteen for the recent floods. He worked hand in hand with FEMA, the Red Cross and the Interfaith Council to make sure everyone was covered during the flood and thereafter. He answered people’s cries for help and coordinated their aid. For many years, he oversaw the Salvation Army’s local Christmas bell ringing and the distribution of food, clothing, and toys for those in need. Because of his selfless work, Mr. Vaughan received the Others Award, the highest award given to a volunteer in the Salvation Army; and was also honored as a Lifetime Member on January 13, of this year.
The Ahoskie Rotary Club honored him with their prestigious Paul Harris Fellow award for his outstanding community efforts.
Gilbert Vaughan was an avid outdoorsman and was instrumental in developing the Roanoke-Chowan Wildlife Club at Hare’s Mill where he served in various capacities on the board. He was recently given Lifetime Membership in the Potecasi Creek Hunt Club. Known as ‘Six-Shooter’ by his fellow club members, he enjoyed sitting in his chair and listening to the ‘hunt’. His fellow club members loved to listen to his hunting stories and to his frequent jokes. Gilbert’s love of life not only extended to humans but to the neighborhood ‘pet’ birds and squirrels which could often be seen at the door ‘asking’ for treats or eating out of his hand.
The family will receive friends at Garrett-Jones Funeral Home from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18, and other times at the home. A celebration of life memorial service will be conducted at First Baptist Church of Ahoskie on Wednesday, May 19, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Daniel Glaze officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Carolina’s District Kiwanis Foundation, c/o Stan Perry, CDKF Sec/Tres., PMB 321, 10120 Two Notch Rd., STE 2, Columbia, SC, 29223; the Salvation Army, c/o Dr. Bonnie Revelle, Murfreesboro, NC, 27855; or to University Health Systems Hospice Care, POB 272, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.
We have just learned of Gilbert’s passing through his son on Facebook.
Our prayers and condolences go to
Sylvia and family. He was a dear
old friend going back over 50 years.
Rest dear Gilbert, God has received
you with open arms.
Gus and Rusty
Dear Mrs. Vaughan and family,
I will certainly miss seeing Mr. Gilbert. He was such a positive person and a pleasure to be around. I know he has a special place in heaven and will be watching over all of you.
TO THE WHOLE FAMILY,
I WORK WITH MR.GILBERT AT THE KIWANIS CLUB CHICKEN DINNER,SEEING HIM COME OUT BEFORE IT GOT LIGHT AND HELP US COOK CHICKENS.AND AT CHRISTMAS TIME RINGING THE BEELS AT WALMART.AND EVERY DAY I SAW HIM AND WAS IN HISA COMPANY HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND HE WILL BE MISSED.LOVE YOU ALL.IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT LINDA AND I CAN DO PLEASE JUST LET US KNOW.
EARL APRIL LEE AND LINDA FUTRELL
To the Vaughan Family:
I can always remember Mr.Vaughan when I played Little League baseball in Ahoskie. He was one of the nicest people that anyone could ever meet,he was a father figure to a lot of kids like me. He will be sorely missed and my prayers go out to the Vaughan family.
I have just learned of Mr. Gilbert’s passing. I am so sorry and he will be so greatly missed. Sherri & I went looking for Mr. Gilbert & “Miss” Sylvia at this years Relay for Life and were sorry they were unable to be there. I and my siblings have so many fond memories of Mr. Gilbert and the many wonderful times at Hares Mill. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. “Miss” Sylvia please take care and know we are thinking of you. Much love – Willis & Kathleen’s kids
Mrs.Sylvia,Kaye and family,
From the time I worked with your family at Repeat Performance and all through my daughter April’s experience with Key Club I saw what a wonderful man Mr. Gilbert was. He was a perfect example of what we all should strive to be. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for others. I know he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. I certainly will miss seeing him in O’Conner’s on Sunday as that was my last memmory of him. Heaven must be overflowing with joy to have an angel such as him join their ranks!My prayers are with you and your family during this diffcult time.
Love and prayers,Teresa Piland
To Sylvia and the Family:
I worked for Mr. Gilbert at the Herald office in the early 80’s. I remember him as a hardworking man who had a wicked sense of humor. He definitely livened things up when he came into page makeup!
My prayers are with all of you at this time in the loss of your husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend.
May God bless you all.
My first memory of Mr. Vaughan was when I started playing Pee Wee baseball, and then Little League. It seems he was at every game, but was also a coach on one of the teams. Later, I had the pleasure of working for and with him at the News-Herald. He was very patient with all employees, even when we really goofed a mailing job. He also knew my mother and her family. As a Christmas mission one year, our Sunday school class went with him to deliver a box of food to a family whose father was in jail. I can say that’s where I learned the practical application of “Others First”. My prayers will be with his family during their time of grief.
MRS. VAUGHAN AND FAMILY,
SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF MR. VAUGHAN. HE WAS A WONDERFUL NEIGHBOR WHO I ALWAYS ENJOYED SEEING HIM FEED THE BIRDS, SQUIRRELS AND WORK IN HIS GARDEN.
HE WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED BY ALL. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ARE IN MY PRAYERS.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you face the future without our friend and fellow Kiwanian. Find comfort in knowing he made this world a better place for all of us. We especially enjoyed our trips to Ahoskie and our times together as we remember Gil’s hospitality, his smiles, and his devotion to Kiwanis. The Kiwanis Family has lost a tireless worker and we will miss him.