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Papa Bruce

On May 11, 2015, my Papa Bruce went to be with his Lord and Savior.  I am not ready to blog about that right now, so instead, I have collected the wonderful things that my family have stated about Papa.


This GREAT man, who in his humility would not want me to say that, has gone to be with our Lord. Our lives are forever changed by his most loving wisdom. Each of us have been taught by his Godly example and shaped into the people we are today.
Words fall utterly short to describe the man we call husband, Dad and Papa Bruce.
He loved with everything he had. He loved all of us and each of you. His continuous pursuit to be Christ like, left a lasting impression on all who havemet him.
I praise Jesus for every moment we were blessed by his presence and know today, he is hugging on Jesus. I am comforted to know I will hug you again. I love you Papa!!!
— with Martha Vaughn and 6 others.
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s and so proud that he was MY Papa!! I'm still so Proud!! The crazy thing is, he was everyone's Papa, and everyone loved him and we all will miss him dearly!! As I sit and type and cry and think, I think about what he left behind and it's Beautiful! A family, sons and daughters, and aunts and uncles, cousins, grandchildren and great grandchildren! I love you all dearly! More than you all know or more than my words have expressed!! The closeness of our family is unmatched and it all started with a man that loved Jesus and loved my Granny!! So as we go forward let's carry his legacy with us! He was a legend around here! Let's love and hug and kiss like Papa Bruce!!! He is the man I look up to and want to be like! My family says I look like him, that's flattering, but what I really want people to say is that I lived a life like his and left a legacy like he left! That would be the true honor! I want nothing more than to be like my Papa!! He loved hiking and we all knew his favorite trail, I'm so excited that he is home, id say hiking Mt. Leconte with his Savior!! I love you Papa!! I can't wait to be greeted with a handshake, a good morning, and see that smile one day! I love you!!!
— with Martha Vaughn and 6 others.
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My papa, Bruce Vaughn, went home to be with Jesus today on his birthday. He will be so missed and is so loved.
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Today, Papa Bruce's 85 th birthday, he went home to be with Jesus. He celebrates his day in the arms of our Savior. We love him and miss him, but are so thankful we will hug him again!
 — with Martha Vaughn.
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Charles Bruce Vaughn

by  | May 12, 2015 2:00 PM
Last Updated: May 12, 2015 at 2:09 PM
Bruce Vaughn
Charles Bruce Vaughn was born May 11, 1930, in Akron, Ohio, where he lived until he was 3 months old, when, in his own words, “I took my pacifier and came home.”
Bruce was the oldest child of Captain Rex Vaughn and Beulah Nell White Vaughn. His brother Clyde Terrell Vaughn of Walling , Tennessee, and sister Marilee Fern Vaughn Eaves, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, survive him.   One brother, Rex Conway Vaughn, went to be with the Lord as an infant.
He is a graduate of White County High School, Class of 1948. He attended Carson Newman College where he played football. After his sophomore year, he joined the Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He returned to Tennessee and attended Tennessee Tech where he graduated with a degree in business, in 1954.
He married Martha Jo Broyles, on Sept. 1, 1954. After taking a job with Burroughs, the newlyweds moved to Louisville, Kentucky. While in Louisville, Bruce and Martha had two of their four children. Leah Jo Vaughn (Hunt) and Laura Ann Vaughn (Farris). Bruce was transferred to Bristol, Virginia where their third child, David Bruce Vaughn, was born.
In 1961, Bruce and Martha returned to Sparta to raise their family in their hometown. Bruce took over the management of Sparta Hardware and Furniture Co., the business started by his father Rex, his uncle Clyde Vaughn, and Charles Snodgrass in 1945. Their fourth child, Tracey Vaughn (Lowery), was born, and their family was complete.
Bruce was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church where he served as deacon, Sunday School teacher, Sunday School director, greeter, and in many other capacities over the years. He lived what he believed, and raised his children in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord”.
When he had free time, he loved to spend it in the mountains hiking. Mount LeConte’s hiking register boasts the name of Bruce Vaughn over 80 times. He instilled his love of hiking in his family, loved to share stories about his time on the trail, and how being in the mountains always straightened out his “rectioptic nerve.”
Bruce and Martha retired from Sparta Hardware in 1999 and spent their retirement years enjoying their children – (Leah and Greg Hunt, Laura and John Farris, David and Melissa Vaughn, and Tracey and Jerry Lowery) and grandchildren (Erin Bumbalough Begley, Emily Bumbalough Cox, Anna Vaughn Benningfield, Kara Farris Johnson, Joshua Wade Lowery, Megan Raye Farris, and Caleb Rex Lowery).
Their family grew over the years to include nine great-grandchildren: Rex Vaughn Lowery; Cooper Rafe, Henry Isaac, and Quinn Vaughn Cox; Griffin Thomas and Samuel Hunt Begley; Sadie Belle and Emmie Elizabeth Benningfield; and Bruce Franklin Johnson.
Bruce made everyone he met feel special and loved. In  addition to his own grandchildren, many children (and adults) call him “Papa Bruce.” His continuous pursuit to be Christ-like left a lasting impression on all who met him.   Words can’t describe the man we call husband, Dad and Papa Bruce. Our lives are forever changed by his loving wisdom. He loved with all he had – all of us, and all of you.
We love you, too, Papa Bruce!
Services for Charles Bruce Vaughn will be 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Sparta First Baptist Church, with burial at 9 a.m., Friday, May 15, in Highland Cemetery. Bro. Dean Haun will officiate.  The family will receive friends after 2 p.m., May 14, at the church.
Pallbearers will be Josh Lowery, Caleb Lowery, Michael Begley, Dustin Benningfield, Zac Cox, and Nathan Johnson. Vocalist and pianist will be Meg Eaves Manning and Shirley Acuff.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.








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    Thank you to so many for the sweet notes, comments, visits, flowers, and food. Papa's service was perfect and today we celebrated by dressing in our hiking gear and eating Hardee's biscuits! Our family has some wonderful friends and church family that has wrapped your arms around us and we are so grateful! Love to you all
     — with Martha Vaughn.






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