Obituary for Henry A. Vaughan Jr.

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Henry A. Vaughan Jr., one of Selma’s most respected citizens, and a descendant of one of the Black Belt’s early families, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2006, at the age of 93.

Vaughan attended Selma High School and the University of Alabama, where he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He was a member of Phi Gamma Nu honorary business fraternity and Kappa Alpha social fraternity.

At the University he played trumpet with the UA Marching Band and served as assistant Band Master. He also played with the Alabama Cavaliers Dance Band and the Auburn Knights.

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During World War II Vaughan was a B-24 bomber pilot in the Army Air Force, stationed in England. He logged 29 combat missions and was promoted to squadron commander. He was discharged from the service with the rank of major.

After the war, he returned to Selma and became a partner with the accounting firm of Furniss-Vaughan and Company. He also served as President of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Vaughan was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. Active in civic and community affairs, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club, served on the Selma City School Board and as chairman of the United Appeal.

He was also secretary-treasurer of the Town and County Company, a board member of the Sturdivant Museum Association and the Vaughan-Smitherman Museum. He was a lifetime member of the Association for Research and Enlightenment.

Vaughan was preceded in death by his parents, Henry A. Vaughan Sr. and Jane Harrell Vaughan, by his sister, Eva Harrell Vaughan, and his daughter, Amy Vaughan Casey.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Radford Vaughan; two sons, Jarman “Trot” Vaughan of Selma and Henry A. Vaughan III of Atlanta; and a daughter, Mary Virginia Mayer-Vaughan of Hamburg, Germany; and by six grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Monday, August 14 at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends at the Parish House immediately following the service. Memorial gifts may be made to Cahaba Hospice of the charity of one’s choice.