Jerry Sam Vaughan, age 83, of Hopkinsville, passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at Morningside Assisted Living of natural causes. Funeral Services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Spurling, Rev. Wil Howie, and Steve Young officiating with burial to follow in Green Hill Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Saturday, May 29, 2021. Maddux-Fuqua-Hinton Funeral Home has been entrusted by the family to handle the arrangements.
Jerry was born in Stewart County, TN, on September 8, 1937, the son of the late Thomas Earl and Mary Lou Wallace Vaughan. He graduated from Austin Peay State University and Murray State University. He began his teaching career in 1960 where he taught and coached many sports at Hopkinsville High School, Koffman Middle School, Christian County High School and served as Athletic Director at CCHS. He also was Assistant Principal at Hopkinsville High School and Assistant Superintendent of Christian County Schools before retiring in 1992.
He was a member of Lester Memorial Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. He had also served on committees for Western Kentucky Presbytery.
After retirement, he enjoyed many years of helping friends, family and churches build and remodel their homes and churches. He was a volunteer with Living Waters for the World teaching at the Clean Water U training program, traveling to many church events across the United States to represent LWW and share information about the mission program. He loved to spend time at Camp Hopewell, Oxford, MS helping to maintain the water training facilities and where he taught many new volunteers about water testing and water system installation, operation and maintenance. During his years with LWW he helped with six installations in Mexico and Haiti where he helped many communities, especially children, have access to clean purified water.
Jerry was an avid hunter all his life and for 40 years he and his brothers, nephews and friends made annual trips to Nebraska, Kansas and South Dakota to hunt pheasant. He loved to entertain family and friends with an annual pheasant dinner after their hunts.
In addition to his parents, Thomas Earl and Mary Lou Wallace Vaughan, he is preceded in death by his sister, Emma Frances Owsley.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Kathy Carroll Vaughan of Hopkinsville; his brothers, Terry (Mildred) Vaughan, Ted (Christine) Vaughan; his brother-in-law, Frank (Carol) Cohoon; his sister-in-law, Betty Jo Pollock; his nephews, Ryan (Kristi) Pryor, Steven (Erin) Pollock, David Cohoon, Randy (Julie) Vaughan, Charles (Sandy) Vaughan, Albert Earl “Skeeter” Vaughan, Daniel Owsley; his nieces, Kimberly (Kenneth) Butts, Mary Beth (Bobby) Beaman, Stephanie (Darren) Ballard, Heather (Marcus) Gray, Pat Owsley (Jim) Rue, and Pamela Owsley.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in his memory to Living Waters for the World, 5016 Spedale Court #399, Franklin, TN 37174; to Pennyroyal Hospice Inc., 220 Burley Avenue, Hopkinsville, KY 42240; or to Lester Memorial Presbyterian Church, c/o Allison Fort, 4450 Casky Lane, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jerry Sam Vaughan, please visit our floral store.