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James Calvin Vaughan

December 10, 1929 ~ September 23, 2019

James Calvin Vaughan,  a devoted Christian, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, began his journey through life on Tuesday, December 10, 1929 in Greensville County, Virginia.  He was born to the parentage of the late Deacon Calvin and Deaconess Mabel L. Vaughan.

During the earlier years of his life, James matriculated through the Greensville County School System. Upon completion of his education, he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior and joined the Diamond Grove Baptist Church of Skippers, Virginia.  It was at this church, where James' spiritual gifts were developed and love for God deepened.  He had the heart of a servant, as for many years he served as a Deacon, Church Treasurer, President of the Senior Usher Ministry and as the Graveyard Supervisor. Deacon Vaughan served his church well, but saw the need to broaden his horizon and share his gifts, talents and treasurers with the Greensville County Baptist Union, as past President and Treasurer for the Fellowship Ushers Union and Sunday School Union, respectively. It was really nothing new for him to find himself in leadership positions. He took every position seriously and gave it his, all until his health began to decline.

Deacon Vaughan was not only a churchman, but also a family man, who on March 11, 1950, united in Holy Matrimony to the love of  his life, Eldora Gilliam Vaughan. They shared sixty-seven years of marriage together before the Lord called her home on August 30, 2017.  This union was blessed with the birth of four children; James Larry, Woodrow, Dennis Wayne and Sherry Lorraine.  Seeing the need to provide for his family, he became gainfully employed with the International Paper Company. After 25 years of hard work, he retired and joined the faculty of the Greensville County Public Schools; serving for 20 years.

'James Cal', as he was affectionately called by many, was known throughout the community as a pioneer in social justice reform,   leader in political concerns that affected the community to which he belonged, civil and human rights activist. He served as  Chairman of the Greensville County Social Services Board, a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club, a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), member of the Greensville County Planning Commission, and a past president of the International Paper Local Union 1825.  In October of 1995, he was appointed to the Greensville County Board of Supervisors, representing Election District 1 and was elected in November of 1995 for District 1, where he served on the Board of Supervisors for the Zion District of Greensville County, Virginia, for 20 years

Upon life's journey, we are given opportunities to plant seeds of goodness, seeds of kindness, and seeds of blessings that bestow our hearts, our work, and our being. For those that sow the  fields with loving generosity, so shall they reap the abundant harvest of eternal life. His seeds are well-sown; his service on earth is complete, and he now experiences the victory and triumph of eternal life.  On Monday, September 23, 2019, Deacon James C. Vaughan left silently with an angel of God and transitioned from this earthly life; while in the care of Covenant Columns Manor, Richmond, Virginia.  James has been reunited with those who have gone on before him: his parents,  beloved wife, Eldora and  his precious son, Woodrow Vaughan.

A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.  We who remain and are bound to treasure his life and legacy are: children, James Larry Vaughan (Carolyn) of Baltimore, Maryland, Dennis Wayne Vaughan and Sherry Lorraine Vaughan both of Richmond, Virginia;  grandchildren, Bradley Vaughan and Ashley Vaughan both of Richmond, Virginia, Corey Vaughan (Keisha) of Coppell, Texas, Tajahnee Vaughan Cross (Zachary) of Lafayette Hills, Pennsylvania and Renee' Vaughan-Dixon (Derrick) of Louisville, Kentucky; great-grandchildren, Brayden Vaughan, Brooklyn Vaughan, Kennedy Cross, Vaughan Cross, Morgan Cross, Ryan Dixon and Taylor Dixon;  siblings, Sanford Vaughan (Dorothy) of Windsor, North Carolina and Virginia Watkins (James) of Columbia, Maryland; sister-in-law, Pauline G. Wright of Richmond, Virginia;  a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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