|Birth: ||Oct. 18, 1917|
|Death: ||Apr. 27, 2007|
Robert Cecil Vaughn, born in 1917, was the oldest of four sons and one daughter born to Robert Ray and Callie Morgan Vaughn in Cooper Creek, Denton County, Texas. His mother died when he was 12 years old—leaving Cecil to care for his younger siblings while his father worked on the farm. His step-mother Addie reared her step-children and children in an extremely conservative Christian home. Addie had two children from a previous marriage--James and Cleo Morgan. Addie and Ray had three children together--two boys and one girl, who are still living.
Cecil graduated from Denton High School with honors. In 1935, Cecil placed 2nd in the annual literary events of the Denton County Interscholastic League Declamation rural division.
Cecil joined the Navy in 1937 and served during World War II. He held the rank of Machinist’s Mate during the fighting and participated in several submarine-plagued convoys that brought goods to Russia under the Land-Lease Plan. Starting in 1939, Cecil was stationed on the USS Tuscaloosa, docked in Norfolk, Virginia.
In 1942, the local newspaper reported a proud Ray Vaughn whose 4 sons, step-son, and 2 sons-in-law were serving in the armed forces—all at the same time—during World War II. Cecil and his brother Arvel Vaughn served in the Navy. His brothers Wilson Vaughn and Wilbur Vaughn, and his step-brother James Morgan were serving in the Army. Cecil’s sister Lucy contributed to the war effort too—her husband was serving in the Army, as well as step-sister Cleo’s husband.
In 1945, Cecil was aboard-ship in the Pacific. During his Navy career, he also served aboard the line carrier Yorktown. Just prior to his retirement in 1957, Cecil was stationed in Pennsylvania, had attained the rank of Chief, and was a fire-fighting instructor.
Cecil married his long-time sweetheart in 1947. At the time of his death in 2007, Cecil and his wife had been married 60 years. His wife traveled with him to various naval bases. After his Navy retirement, Cecil worked for Sears in Dallas for 25 years and retired from there. In 2004, he and his wife returned to their hometown of Denton. They had no children.
In looking back on a lifetime, his only surviving sister recently described Cecil as "a fine man who was shy, modest, and always did the right thing."
NOTE TO GENEALOGISTS: There was more than one Cecil Vaughn in Denton, Texas, during this time frame.
(bio by: PL Snow--Snow & Vaughn families)
Robert Ray Vaughn (1897 - 1986)
Callie Taralie Vaughn (1900 - 1929)
Robert Cecil Vaughn (1917 - 2007)**
Robert Cecil Vaughn (1917 - 2007)
Thomas Wilburn Vaughn (1918 - 1977)*
Arvel Ray Vaughn (1921 - 2001)*
Lucy Louellen Vaughn Snow (1925 - 1981)*
Left: Marcheta Jo, 1924- (still living)
Right: Robert Cecil, 1917-2007
Roselawn Memorial Park
Maintained by: PL Snow--Snow & Vaughn f...
Originally Created by: Raymond B.
Record added: Aug 25, 2011
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