Billy Joe Vaughn, 79, of
Rock Island, passed away Sunday August 21, 2011 at home surrounded by his
family. Funeral services will be 1 pm Thursday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home,
3030 – 7th Avenue, Rock Island.
Visitation will be one hour
prior at the funeral home. Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Rock
Island. Memorials may be made to the family. Mr. Vaughn was born on January 14,
1932 in Red Boiling Springs, TN, the son of Eston Vaughn and Hester Wilson
Wood. He married Gladys Hagan on September 22, 1956 in Springfield, TN.
She preceded him in death on June 18, 2011. Billy was employed at John Deere
Plow Planter for 30 years as an overhead crane operator. He was a Korean War
Air Force Veteran. Mr. Vaughn loved spending time with his family in Tennessee.
He also enjoyed attending auctions and collecting antiques. Survivors include
his children, Barbara (Robert) Widener, Milan, Paul Vaughn, Rock Island, Doris
Vaughn, Rock Island; grandchildren, Denise Pontzius, Tonya Widener, Chad
Widener, Justin Vaughn, Lindsey Vaughn; 6 great grandchildren; 5 great-great
grandchildren; siblings, Sue Hawkins, Milan, Mack Wood, Cross Plains, TN.,
Carolyn Wood, Gallatin, TN. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Annette
Vaughn; parents, Hester Wilson Wood and Eston Vaughn; sister, Doris Vaughn and
brother, Joe Wood Jr.