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.