John Roy Vaughan
1899-1982

     J. Roy Vaughan was born November 10, 1899, in Williamson County, near Franklin, Tennessee. In 1914 he moved with his father's family to Ridgeland, Mississippi, where he grew up on a large plantation. He attended elementary school at Franklin, Tennessee, and graduated from high school at Ridgeland, Mississippi. He attended David Lipscomb College in 1917-1919 and again in 1923-1925. He was baptized by M. C. Cayce in Pearl River near Ridgeland, Mississippi in 1914.

     M. C. Cayce had sold his business in Nashville, Tennessee, and moved to Mississippi to preach in this neglected field with financial support from A. M. Burton. Later Brother Burton supported Brother Vaughan as he followed Brother Cayce in evangelizing in Mississippi. Today there are many strong churches in the state where these men preached under tents, brush arbors, in school houses and homes. During this period Brother Vaughn engaged in a number of debates with sectarian preachers.

     Brother Vaughan was involved in local work in Ripley and Tupelo, Mississippi; Montgomery, Alabama; St. Petersburg, and Miami, Florida; and Nashville, Tennessee. He served as a staff writer of the Gospel Advocate from 1939 to the mid 1970s and  News Editor of the Gospel Advocate from 1949 until the death of B.C. Goodpasture, the editor. From March until August, 1977 he was interim editor of the Gospel Advocate until Ira North became editor.

     In 1930 Brother Vaughn married Jimmie Greer Harvey of Mathiston, Mississippi. They had three children—Mrs. Helen McCracken, Katherine Ella,  and John R. who also preaches the gospel.

—1976 Freed Hardeman College Lectures, page 408,409; Gospel Preachers Of Today Volumes 1-4


Signature of J. Roy Vaughn
Courtesy of Terry J. Gardner, 04.2010

Buried At Woodlawn Memorial Park In Nashville, Tennessee
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GPS Coordinates
N36º 06' 93.6" x WO 86º 45' 71.0"
Accuracy To Within 16'
Facing North
Garden Of Religion "A" Lot 19, #4,5


J. Roy Vaughan Plot In Foreground / J.M. Powell Plot Above Left

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