Gary Finley Vaughn

Published 2:35 pm Friday, June 9, 2017

Gary Finley Vaughn, 80, of Orange, Texas, passed away on June 8, 2017, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Keith Tilley. Burial will follow at Orange Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange.

Born in Diboll, Texas, on January 22, 1937, Finley was the son of Aden Finley Vaughn and Flava Lacey (Ward) Vaughn. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Orange. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1960 while stationed in Long Beach, California on USS Firm MSO444. While in the Navy, Finley worked as a sonar operator and scuba diver for the mines and then back home to work at the Lufkin Foundry and McKay Foundry. Before enlisting in the Navy Finley went to college at SFA where he met the love of his life on a blind date in 1955. He loved his family more than anything and was such a proud father and “PaPaw”. Finley was an avid hunter, wasn’t a complainer, and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He will be missed greatly by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aden and Flava Vaughn; and his son, Gary Ward Vaughn.

Finley is survived by his loving wife of almost 58 years, Sue Vaughn; son, James Bryant Vaughn and wife Jill; grandchildren, James Taylor Vaughn and wife Samantha, Naomi Silva and husband Tom, Krystle Vaughn, Hayley Kolb and husband Jake, and Christopher LeBlanc and wife Wendy; and his great-grandchildren, Cayton Vaughn, Kaden Whitsel, Hunter Silva, Tanner Silva, Christopher Teran, Jr., Kyler Barnes, Jason LeBlanc, and Bryson LeBlanc.

Serving as pallbearers will be Rodney Bellett, Tolly Schultz, Dennis Hawthorne, Glen Gobert, Ron Hildago, and Glen Dutton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Faith United Methodist Church at 8608 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. Orange, TX 77630.