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04/16/09 - NNHS Newsletter - Phillip Vaughn

Phillip Dean Vaughn
(d. 08 Apr 2009)

Newport News High School Class of 1966

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

We have yet another sad if somewhat belated edition of the NNHS Newsletter this morning. 
     Phillip Vaughn, Class of 1966, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2009 in Port St. Lucie, Florida at the age of 63.

From the Daily Press - 04/16/09:

                  Phillip D. Vaughn

  PORT ST. LUCIE, FLA. - Phillip Dean Vaughn, 63, died April 8, 2009, at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie.

He was born in Henderson, N.C., and lived in Port St. Lucie, Fla., for five years, coming from Hampton, Va. He was a Master Mason in Hampton; member of the Khedive Shriners in Chesapeake, Va., the St. Tammany Lodge No. 5 in Hampton, and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, Carpenters Local Union 613, Norfolk, Va.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Debra Bradford; and daughter, Lessa Bradford of Lake Wales, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jerman and Mahaley Vaughn.

A celebration of his life will be at 6 p.m., April 18, at the family residence.
Phillip Vaughn
Arrangements are by All County Funeral Home & Crematory, Treasure Coast Chapel, Stuart, Fla.

Memorial donations may be sent to the American Diabetes Association at View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in the Daily Press from 4/15/2009 - 4/16/2009.

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April 15, 2009
He was the best step dad any child could ask for. I love him with all my heart and will miss him dearly. I love you, "Lil Man"!!!!

- Lessa
~ Lessa Bradford, Lake Wales, Florida

April 15, 2009

Lessa and Family,
I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

~ Brigette Wucher, Newport News, Virginia

April 15, 2009

I had the privilege of being Phil's friend and I can tell you that he never met a stranger. Phil was a giving man always helping anyone that needed him. He had the loves of his life with his wife Debbie & daughter Lessa and friends far and wide. I have never met anyone with the love for life that he had and he shared that love with all that knew him. I will miss him but know he will continue to smile on all his loved ones. If there are Harley rides in heaven I know he is at the front of the pack.
~ Sharon Hoy, Gloucester, Virginia
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April 15, 2009

We loved you as our son. Our hearts are with Debbie & Lessa as you are taking your peaceful journey into eternity. Love forever, Mom & Dad Conners

~ Bob & Shirley Conners, Palm City, Florida

April 15, 2009

My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Lessa and Debra. He will definitely be missed. But take comfort in the fact that he is no longer in pain and is in peace now. Love you both!!
~ Allison Quinones, Newport News, Virginia
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April 15, 2009

Debbie, thanks for your call, it meant a lot to me. I will never forget Phil or all of the things we did together. All of the late nights in my race shop and all the Saturday nights at Langley Speedway. Truth be known, it was Phil and his motivation that carried us to the championship back in 1981. I could go on and on about the good times, but I'll stop there. Debbie, I'm deeply sorry for your loss and the loss of one of the best friends I'll ever have. God speed, Phil.
Thanks again, Debbie, and stay in touch.
~ Rick Hester, Hampton, Virginia
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April 15, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with y'all, Lessa and Debra. He was definitely a good man, all the good work he did for the softball team. We will all miss him. Rest in peace, Phil.
~ Frank, Alice, Chris, Wendy Bolen, Hampton, Virginia

April 15, 2009

Debbie and Lessa....We feel truly blessed to have had Phil in our lives. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Love to you both!
~ Sharon and Kendra, Indianapolis, Indiana

April 16, 2009

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with both of you, Lessa and Debbie. Phil was one of the GOOD guys. Those don't come along that often. Take comfort in the fact that he loved you both, and will be in your hearts forever, and not forgotten.

~ Tom & Gail Good, Hampton, Virginia

April 17, 2009

Phil was a friend and school mate; we rode the same bus and we went to football games and all the school stuff. He and my brother, Sonny Pless, worked together, and were good friends. Phil will be greatly missed. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

~ Linda Pless/Taylor,Hampton, Virginia

April 17, 2009

Phil and I were close friends meeting each other around the age of 14 at the Boys Club. We did everything together for lots of years even though I went to Hampton High and he to Newport News High. We spent most weekends together, school functions, double dating and partying. We were even in the Army together up until he had that terrible car accident, causing his diabetes, and he was medically discharged. After we both had married we vacationed together in Hawaii. When he owned the MadHatter Night club, I was his manager in charge. After divorces and life we kinda lost track of each other. I have not heard from him in the last 25 + years, I didnít know how to get in touch with him. Reading of his passing was sad, but I have great memories. I would have liked to met you and shared part of his new life. Prayers to you and your family,,, Carl

~ Carl Sparrow, Yorktown, Virginia
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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Vaughn family and their friends at this time.

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   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

Lead Me Gently Home

Words and Music by Will L. Thompson, 1879
(7 Nov 1847 - 20 Sept 1909)

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
When lifeís toils are ended,
And parting days have come,
Sin no more shall tempt me,
Neíer from Thee Iíll roam,
If Thouíll only lead me, Father,
Lead me gently home.

* Refrain:
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home, Father,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

Lead me gently home, Father,
Lead me gently home;
In lifeís darkest hours, Father,
When lifeís troubles come,
Keep my feet from wandíring,
Lest from Thee I roam,
Lest I fall upon the wayside,
Lead me gently home.

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