James Edwin Vaughan of Hillsville
by Allen Worrell
On November 1, 2012, James Edwin Vaughan, 94, of Hillsville passed away peacefully at his home with his devoted daughter, Donna, by his side. He was born in Floyd County on March 31, 1918 to Carroll B. and Dossie Branscome Vaughan.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 67 years, Cordelia Marshall Vaughan. Other loved ones that survive are two daughters, Anne Huff and son-in-law, Larry Huff, Marietta , Ga. and Donna Donnelly and son-in-law, Rob Donnelly of Chilhowie, Va.; 11 Grandchildren, 25 Great Grandchildren, and 5 Great-Great Grandchildren; special friends Benny Ramey, Joe Montgomery, and Sandy Coleson; special neighbors, Lacy and Melinda Cox, Jim and Mary Ann Combs ( and girls at the beauty shop); and very special and devoted neighbor, Belle Shupe. The family also wishes to thank Mt. Valley Hospice and Dr. Bonsu and staff for their devoted care.
At an early age, Ed’s father taught him the trade of carpentry. After serving in WWII as a flight engineer in the Army Air Corp, he made his career as a Master Carpenter. In 1966, his skills lead him to Washington, D.C. where he worked first, in the NASA building, then in THE WHITE HOUSE under PRESIDENTS, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan. After retiring in 1981, he and his wife moved back to Hillsville where he led an active life of traveling, gardening, canning, deer hunting, fishing, and helping friends and family with his many skills. “DADDY’S HANDS” gave love to all. He was a friend to everyone who met him and entertained all with his many life stories.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel at 1:00 PM with Pastor Jerry Keegan officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Hillsville V.F.W. Post 1115. Burial will follow in the Johan H. Marshall Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday at 12:00 PM prior to the funeral service. A guestbook is available online by visiting www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family.
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