John Southgate “Johnny” Vaughan, Jr.

May 19, 1938 - August 24, 2021

05/19/1938 - 08/24/2021

Past Services

Friday August 27, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Saturday August 28, 2021
2:00 pm
Woodland Baptist Church
116 W Main St
Woodland, NC 27897

John Southgate (Johnny) Vaughan Jr., 83, of Woodland NC, passed away on August 24, 2021 at home surrounded by his family.

Johnny was born on May 19, 1938 in Rocky Mount, NC.  He was the eldest of six children of the late Hannah Heptinstall Vaughan and John Southgate Vaughan Sr.  Johnny lived his entire life in Woodland with the exception of his college years at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, William English (Billie) Vaughan, formerly of Richmond, Va., and their three children and their spouses, Christiana Vaughan Decker and her husband Charles Benson Decker of Belmont, NC, John Southgate Vaughan III and his wife Lindsay Griffin Vaughan of Woodland, NC, and William Earl Vaughan and his wife Megan Lowe Vaughan of Raleigh, NC.

He was the proud grandfather of nine grandchildren, Ben, Heath and Annalee Decker; Christiana, Jackson, Gates and Milly Vaughan; and Wells and Olin Vaughan.

He is also survived by his five siblings and their spouses, Charles and Karen Vaughan of Littleton NC, Joe and Mary Lou Vaughan of Pinehurst NC, Hannah Vaughan and Norm Robinson of Wilmington, NC, Cola and Megan Vaughan of Nags Head, NC, and Fred Vaughan of Durham, NC, as well as numerous nieces and nephews that loved him fondly as Uncle Johnny.

In addition to raising and nurturing children and grandchildren with his wife Billie, Johnny devoted himself to the business he created from scratch, Blackbottom Farm, Inc. in Northampton and Herford Counties. It was his pride and life’s work. He never traveled far from the land for very long.

Johnny loved nothing better than tending his vegetable garden, fishing with a cane pole, playing with his grandchildren, and telling a dirty joke.  He will be remembered best for his sharp mind and his deep kindness, not only to his loved ones, but to friends and neighbors from all walks of life.

The family will receive visitors at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, 116 Short Street, Rich Square, NC, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Friday, August 27, 2021.

A memorial service will be held at Woodland Baptist Church, 112 West Main Street, Woodland, NC 27897; on Saturday, August 28, 2021; at 2:00 p.m. Reverend Hannah Vaughan and Reverend Dr. J Brabban will officiate. The grandsons will serve as honorary pall bearers.  Garrett-Sykes Funeral Home is serving the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Woodland Baptist Church, PO Box 444 Woodland, NC 27897 or online by clicking here or The Conservation Fund at .

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Rich Square Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Vaughan family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

“For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

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Allene Davis Spruill
2 years ago

To the family of Johnny Vaughan: so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and much love to all of you.

Allene Davis Spruill
2 years ago

To the family of Johnny Vaughan : so sorry for your loss. The Vaughan family has been and still is totally woven in the Woodland heritage. Sending prayers and much love to all of you!

ARLENE BUNCH ( former CADA Nurse in Hertford Co.)
2 years ago

Sorry to learn of your lost. You are in my prayers.

Cameron,Jesse,Julia and Ethel Mae Hoggard and families
2 years ago

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers for all the family.

Karen Cole
2 years ago

Prayers for the Family, I am so sorry to hear this. Karen Skinner Cole

Freddie and Barbara Outland
2 years ago

You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Penny Beasley
2 years ago

Billie and family, my deepest condolences. Johnny was a wealth of historical Information, land, surnames, graves. I so enjoyed exchanging information and learning from his vast knowledge of local history buried within his smart mind. He will be missed among our community!