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 Fillmore Lanier Vaughan

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Fillmore Lanier Vaughan

Birth
Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, USA
Death
9 Jul 2012 (aged 91)
Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial
Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID
93286009 View Source

Fillmore Lanier Vaughan, age 91, passed away at Ardmore, Okla., on July 6, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 9, 2012, in The Chapel at Griffin-Hillcrest Funeral Home, Ardmore, Okla. Brother Bob Lee will officiate.

"August 22, 1920 – July 6, 2012" On a tombstone, it shows a name and two dates separated by a dash. The two dates mean very little, but the dash is what is important. Let me fill in the dash. Born at 1207 C Street NW, Ardmore, Oklahoma, on August 22, 1920.

Fillmore was the seventh of nine children born to William "Bill" H. L. Vaughan and Mary J. (Veal) Vaughan. In addition to his parents, Fillmore is preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Jane (Horn) Vaughan; and seven brothers and sisters, James Waverly, William Haywood L. Vaughan Jr., Anne Norris (Vaughan) Dunman, Verdry D. Vaughan, Allen Dow (aka Frederick, aka Pete) Vaughan, Woodrow W. Vaughan, Richard H. Vaughan.

He is survived by his younger sister, Betty Hargrave; one son, Fillmore L. Vaughan II; and one daughter-in-law, Jaan H. Vaughan. He is also survived by one granddaughter, Jane Anne and her husband, Michael Karp, now of Sydney, Australia.

Fillmore attended the Ardmore School system and graduated High School in 1938 and earned a letter in Riflery. During his senior year, he borrowed the money to purchase a bicycle and delivered telegrams and packages for Western Union until he decided to try the Army Air Corp. Fillmore enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939, and trained to be a mechanic on the B-27. On December 7, 1941, war was declared and Fillmore was shipped to numerous bases that included Dothan, Alabama, Victorville, Calif., and Hobbs, NM where he met and married Bobbie Jane Horn and finally Amarillo, Texas. His natural leadership and attention to detail caused regular promotions until he became the youngest Master Sergeant in the 8th Air Corp.

After the war and his discharge from the Army Air Corp, Fillmore returned to Ardmore, Okla., and leased the land at the northwest intersection of US Highway 70 and Rockford Road and built Sunset Golf Course in 1947, which he operated until 1950. In order to qualify for the Professional Golfers Association Membership, one must apprentice under a PGA Member, Fillmore became the Assistant Pro at Dornick Hills under Ed Miller. After completing his membership requirements, Fillmore returned to Sunset until the position of Head Golf Professional at Dornick Hills opened up.

Fillmore accepted the position in 1955, and was the Head Pro until 1964. After a brief stint operating a driving range, working in the service department and the sales department at Ken Milburn Ford, Fillmore decided to get back into the Golf Business.

After a year of design and construction, Fillmore opened the first nine holes of Golden Green Golf Course in 1970. The course was later expanded to 18 holes and operated by Fillmore until the lease was purchased by the City of Ardmore Parks Department in 1982. Fillmore enjoyed his retirement of "teeing off" at Golden Green (now Lake View) every day at 11 a.m. and I'm sure there is a Golden Green awaiting him in Heaven. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., today, July 8, 2012 at Griffin-Hillcrest. Condolences may be left at at www.Griffin-HillcrestFH.com

Fillmore Lanier Vaughan, age 91, passed away at Ardmore, Okla., on July 6, 2012. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 9, 2012, in The Chapel at Griffin-Hillcrest Funeral Home, Ardmore, Okla. Brother Bob Lee will officiate.

"August 22, 1920 – July 6, 2012" On a tombstone, it shows a name and two dates separated by a dash. The two dates mean very little, but the dash is what is important. Let me fill in the dash. Born at 1207 C Street NW, Ardmore, Oklahoma, on August 22, 1920.

Fillmore was the seventh of nine children born to William "Bill" H. L. Vaughan and Mary J. (Veal) Vaughan. In addition to his parents, Fillmore is preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Jane (Horn) Vaughan; and seven brothers and sisters, James Waverly, William Haywood L. Vaughan Jr., Anne Norris (Vaughan) Dunman, Verdry D. Vaughan, Allen Dow (aka Frederick, aka Pete) Vaughan, Woodrow W. Vaughan, Richard H. Vaughan.

He is survived by his younger sister, Betty Hargrave; one son, Fillmore L. Vaughan II; and one daughter-in-law, Jaan H. Vaughan. He is also survived by one granddaughter, Jane Anne and her husband, Michael Karp, now of Sydney, Australia.

Fillmore attended the Ardmore School system and graduated High School in 1938 and earned a letter in Riflery. During his senior year, he borrowed the money to purchase a bicycle and delivered telegrams and packages for Western Union until he decided to try the Army Air Corp. Fillmore enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1939, and trained to be a mechanic on the B-27. On December 7, 1941, war was declared and Fillmore was shipped to numerous bases that included Dothan, Alabama, Victorville, Calif., and Hobbs, NM where he met and married Bobbie Jane Horn and finally Amarillo, Texas. His natural leadership and attention to detail caused regular promotions until he became the youngest Master Sergeant in the 8th Air Corp.

After the war and his discharge from the Army Air Corp, Fillmore returned to Ardmore, Okla., and leased the land at the northwest intersection of US Highway 70 and Rockford Road and built Sunset Golf Course in 1947, which he operated until 1950. In order to qualify for the Professional Golfers Association Membership, one must apprentice under a PGA Member, Fillmore became the Assistant Pro at Dornick Hills under Ed Miller. After completing his membership requirements, Fillmore returned to Sunset until the position of Head Golf Professional at Dornick Hills opened up.

Fillmore accepted the position in 1955, and was the Head Pro until 1964. After a brief stint operating a driving range, working in the service department and the sales department at Ken Milburn Ford, Fillmore decided to get back into the Golf Business.

After a year of design and construction, Fillmore opened the first nine holes of Golden Green Golf Course in 1970. The course was later expanded to 18 holes and operated by Fillmore until the lease was purchased by the City of Ardmore Parks Department in 1982. Fillmore enjoyed his retirement of "teeing off" at Golden Green (now Lake View) every day at 11 a.m. and I'm sure there is a Golden Green awaiting him in Heaven. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., today, July 8, 2012 at Griffin-Hillcrest. Condolences may be left at at www.Griffin-HillcrestFH.com


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