Ben Hubert Vaughn, son of the late W.J. Vaughn and Mary Alice Bobbitt Vaughn, was born on July 27, 1906, at Dexter and died in the Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center at Dexter on Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, at the age of 99.
Mr. Vaughn graduated from Dexter High School in 1924. After high school, he married Virginia Yount and moved to St. Louis where he was a leading salesman for Swift & Company. He returned to Dexter 10 years later, where in 1936, he and his brothers, E.R. (Dutch) Vaughn and William J. (Bill) Vaughn started and operated Vaughn Brothers Meat Packing Plant. During World War II, he served in the United States Army as a meat buyer for the Army Hospital located in Honolulu, Hawaii. When he returned from the war, he worked as a bookkeeper for Scism Motor Company. Later he served as a Stoddard County Deputy Sheriff, and in the 1960's, he was elected as a Stoddard County Court Judge. He retired from Miller's Greenhead Duck Club.
He was a member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman and a fan of Cardinal baseball.
He is survived by one brother, Clyde A. Vaughn and his wife Lois of Dexter; one sister-in-law, Pauline Vaughn of Dexter; and several nephews and nieces.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, W.J. (Bill) Vaughn, E.R. (Dutch) Vaughn, Joe Vaughn and George (Cotton) Vaughn; and one sisters, Louise Bailey.
Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2006, at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter.
A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Vaughn Wright officiating.
Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Dexter.