Grady Jerome Vaughn, Sr.

September 15, 1913 - March 26, 2015
Grady Jerome Vaughn, Sr.

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Grady J. Vaughn, Sr., 101, of Hendersonville passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015. Mr. Vaughn lived at home independently until the time of his passing.

Born September 15, 1913, Mr. Vaughn was a native and lifelong resident of Henderson County. He was a son of the late William and Annie Vaughn and was also preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mills Vaughn, who died in 2008; his infant daughter, Alice Evelyn; and his sister, Helen Pettet.

Mr. Vaughn had a lifelong interest in the history of Henderson County and had worked many times with his friend, Tom Orr, as Mr. Orr wrote about the countyís history. Mr. Vaughn was the longtime Superintendent of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and an active member of Mooreís Grove United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Directors. He was a Sunday School teacher, a skilled craftsman and the family historian. Mr. Vaughnís life is an accumulation of joy and contentment, all shared together over the years with his wife and family.

He is survived by his brother, Shep Vaughn, and sister, Annette Vaughn; his sons, Grady Vaughn, Jr. and wife, Adriana, and Michael Vaughn and wife, Aki; grandchildren, Lisa Romine, Christopher J. Vaughn, Julie Taylor, John M. Vaughn, Cheryl Vaughn and Jennifer Tankersley; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Mooreís Grove United Methodist Church with the Reverend Deb Patterson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 ñ 8 PM Saturday at Shuler Funeral Home.


Sunday, March 29, 2015
12:00 AM

Moore's Grove United Methodist Church - Directions
2575 Chimney Rock Road
Hendersonville, NC 28792

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  • March 28, 2015
    Bob and Nancy Mills says:
    He was such a fine person, and we always remember visiting with his family at their home in Hendersonville when I was a teenager.

  • March 28, 2015
    Frank Tankersley says:
    Grady was a man to model after. You will be missed but never forgotten. Lord, the story he told.

  • March 28, 2015
    Aki Vaughn says:
    Dear Family, I am sorry that I will not be there to join you at this very sad and difficult time, but I hope you all know that I loved and respected Dad and was so very blessed that I had a wonderful father-in-law and mother-in-law who graciously accepted me into the Vaughn family. A gentle man with keen intelligence, Dad was well-read and had an astounding capacity to recall historical facts--be it the histories of the nation, the city and citizens of Hendersonville, and the Vaughn family tree. Since Iíve known my husband, Mike, he has never failed to phone Dad every day no matter where we were. It was a testament of his love and respect for his father. And it was easy to love and respect Dad. He was modest and humble, never had a negative word about anyone, and had a great sense of humor. I am very grateful that his family and friends were able to celebrate Grady Sr.ís 100th birthday. He was so happy and loved every minute of it, although I know he was wishing that his wife, Ella, was with him on that memorable day. Dad missed Mom terribly, but now, at last, they are together walking hand-in-hand in a glorious place, feeling no physical pain, just a deep love for each other, and that makes me smile. Love to you all, Aki

  • March 28, 2015
    Shirley Carver Arroyo says:
    Dear Mike and Grady Jr: What fond memories I have of your father and mother, and our young years at First Wesleyan. There is no doubt that your parents and Miss Mabel influenced my life and that entire youth group. They taught us well, and we even enjoyed the lessons. Your father is model of a long life well-lived and loved. The picture on the guestbook is just how I remember him. He will not be forgotten. God bless you. Shirley

  • March 28, 2015
    Carolyn Vaughn says:
    Grady, Clyde and myself enjoyed so much to have the honor to sit and talk to you the last two times we were in Hendersonville. I know that you are happy now because you are with your dear wife. So glad I recorded one of our meetings. Goodbye until we meet again.