William Prince Vaughn Jr., was born on February 4, 1947 in Montgomery, Alabama to the late William Prince Vaughn Sr., and Corine Letha Harden-Vaughn. His parents moved to Rockford when he was seven years old. His father was the pastor at Providence Baptist Church. William accepted Christ at the age of ten.
William graduated from Rockford West High School and attended Rock Valley College. He served in the United States Army as a soldier in Vietnam. He proudly served twenty years and retired in the Army Reserve. He was employed by Sundstrand, White-UAW and Humana Insurance.
William was a faithful member of Providence Baptist Church. He served as Chairman of the Deacon Board and on the Board of Directors. He served on the Providence Baptist Church Scholarship Committee and many other events at the church. He spent countless hours volunteering and inspiring students throughout Beloit, Wisconsin and Rockford, Illinois.
After being widowed for many years, William was introduced, by a close friend, to Audrey Gibbs. Two years later, they were married on June 29, 2013. They were married for eight years.
William leaves to cherish his memories, his loving and devoted wife, Audrey Vaughn; five children, William Vaughn III of Los Angeles, California, Michael (Gabrielle) Vaughn of Inkster, Michigan, Kevin Elliott of Denver, Colorado, Lisa Elliott of Memphis, Tennessee, Evan (Christy) Doss of Rockford, Illinois; three sisters, Wanda Vaughn of Cedar Hill, Texas, Karen Vaughn of Beaufort, South Carolina, Nancy Vaughn of Dover, Delaware; ten grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, two sisters, Connie Vaughn and Kate Vaughn, stepmother, Rachel Vaughn.
William had a zest for life. He loved people and formed everlasting relationships. His conspicuous quiet, gentle and compassionate mannerism often reminded us of how to treat one another. One could always depend on him to extend a helping hand and show empathy for others. His hobbies were traveling, landscaping and reading.
William had experienced unexpected health challenges that consumed his time. It was a long tedious process. He departed from this life at home in the arms of his wife on Monday, August 30, 2021 at 6:35 a.m.
William Prince Vaughn Jr., will be remembered as a kind, loving, empathetic and compassionate human being. One who loved his family and friends.
Now, he can rest pain free and peacefully with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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