June 13, 1949 – January 8, 2020
Friday, January 17, 2020
Visitation: 4:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M
@ Nelson & Sons Chapel Murfreesboro
448 E. Burton St., Murfreesboro, TN
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Family Visitation: 12:00 Noon
Funeral Service: 1:00 P.M.
Cherry Grove M.B. Church
4078 Yeargan Road
Tommy Carter Vaughn was born a twin (Betty) June 13, 1949. He peacefully entered the arms of his heavenly father on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. He was preceded in death by parents: Richard and Annie Mary Vaughn; brothers Sam C. Wallace, Richard Vaughn (Chicago, IL) and Raymond Vaughn (Chicago, IL); sisters Hannah Reed, Ivory Riley (Chicago, IL) and Antoinette Lawrence (Chicago, IL).
Tommy professed his love for Jesus Christ at an early age and was baptized at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church under the Pastorate of Rev. C.L. Dowdy. He later joined Walnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon under Pastor Richard W. Siebert. He also served as President for the Tennessee State Brotherhood for a number of years.
He was educated at Old Bradley Elementary for first grade and moved to New Bradley until 8thgrade and he graduated from Holloway High School in 1967. After graduating, he worked at Samsonite for 29 years as an Inspector and was a Chief Union Steward. After leaving Samsonite, he joined the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center in food service for 17 years and retired in 2011.
While working at the VA he started an outreach ministry of providing transportation to veterans and taking them to church. He was passionate about working with the youth and he coached for many years in AAU and local community basketball teams and tournaments. He lovingly coached many of his children, nieces and nephews in the game of basketball and football. He received many awards and plaques as “Coach Vaughn” and served in the community and his teams were often the champions. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and Oklahoma Thunder advocate and he often bragged how his teams had the best players. He was a strong competitor and hated to lose and when he did lose it was an automatic rematch. He was known by many referees and was not afraid to share his opinion in games. His recent passion was working with the Murfreesboro Branch of the NAACP to fulfill his vision of remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by having a street named in his honor.
Tommy’s first marriage was to Alfredia Swanson and to that union two children were born Kowanda and RaShonda. He later married Rosie Ivyand together they reared three children Gerry, Stephen and Ivy.
Tommy leaves to cherish and honor his memories, his loving devoted wife of 30 years Rosie Ivy Vaughn, and five children, Kowanda (Earnest) Robinson (Atlanta, GA), Gerry Carney Jr., RaShonda (Hiawatha) Walker, Stephen Vaughn and Ivy Vaughn all of Murfreesboro, TN. Seven Grandchildren, De’torrius Carney, Xavier Robinson(Atlanta, GA), Ivan Vaughn, Sydney Robinson(Atlanta, GA), Isaiah Vaughn, Ava Walker, Isaac Vaughn; Brothers, Calvin (Shirley) Vaughn of Murfreesboro, TN, Robert Vaughn Sr.(Biloxi, MS),Richard (Vivian) Vaughn Jr. of Murfreesboro, TN, Ronnie Vaughn (Chicago, IL). Sisters, Betty (Leon) Evans of Murfreesboro, TN, Annie (Vincent) Harper (St. Petersburg, FL) a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends