Memorial tribute to be held Feb. 9

Thursday, February 7, 2008

The life of Charles Vaughan will be remembered during a special memorial tribute planned for Saturday, Feb. 9.

The event will be held in Vaughan's honor at the Barry County Museum on Highway 112 in Cassville beginning at 10 a.m. The long-time Cassville resident died on Nov. 19, 2007, at the age of 80 after serving as Scoutmaster of Cassville's Troop 76 for 50 years.

Saturday's tribute will include comments from John Babb, Gary Chaney, Bobby Reams and Gary Fields. All four men became Eagle Scouts under Vaughan's leadership. In total, Vaughan helped 78 young men achieve Eagle Scout status during his tenure as scoutmaster.

In the days following Vaughan's death, Babb, who now serves as United States assistant surgeon general, wrote a tribute to his former Scout leader that chronicled some of Vaughan's most outstanding achievements. Babb also suggested that Vaughan be named "Cassville's Citizen of the 20th Century."

"How much better a place is this community because of the volunteer public service of Charles Vaughan?" asked Babb. "How many boys later reached their potential because Charles Vaughan believed in them?"

The memorial tribute event will also provide Steven Vaughan, one of Charlie's sons, the opportunity to present the Barry County Museum with some of his dad's Scout memorabilia.

Members of Troop #76 will also be present for the tribute, which is being held in conjunction with National Scout Week.

Cassville Mayor Tracy Holle will be signing a proclamation in Vaughan's honor near the end of the tribute.

"After the passing of Charles Vaughan, area residents wanted to somehow show their deep gratitude for what Mr. Vaughan had given to this community," said Holle. "We felt National Scout Week would be a befitting time to honor a local hero to boys and men alike."

Vaughan grew up in Barry County and was a graduate of Cassville High School and Missouri State University. He and his wife, the late Joyce Vaughan, were married for 55 years before her death in 2006.

In addition to his long-time volunteer association with scouting, Vaughan was a career educator. He taught at several different rural schools before becoming Rural School superintendent.

Saturday's memorial tribute is open to the public. All area residents who were impacted by Vaughan's service to the community are encouraged to attend.

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