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Obituary: James Vaughn, 11. Columbia mourns death of a child


A wonderful little boy who brought out the best in a caring community is gone. James Vaughn brightened the lives of so many others, though he endured so much himself. His courage, the way he relished life, and the many special friendships he made will live on as cherished memories for Columbians and Adair Countians

James Vaughn, age 11 years, of 105 Tutt Street, Lot #14 Columbia, KY passed away Monday, June 30, 2008 at 7:20 PM at his home after several months illness.

The funeral service Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at 1:00pm at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, 210 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY, with Bro. David Coffey and Bro. Jimmy Tucker the officiating clergy.

James is survived by his parents, Thomas and Jennifer Furkin Vaughn of Columbia, KY, and the following:
  • Paternal grandparents: Donnie and Joyce Ann Vaughn of Greensburg, KY

  • Maternal grandparents: Ronnie and Edith Furkin of Columbia, KY

  • Paternal great grandfather:#Woodruff Vaughn of Summersville, KY

  • Maternal great grandparents: Bro. A.J. & Martha Parrish of Magnolia, KY

  • One uncle: Steven Furkin of Columbia, KY

  • Several great aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

  • Special friends: Nevaeh Barrett & Keisha Moss, both of Columbia, KY
He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandparents:Coy and Ruth Furkin.

Interment in the Harvey Cemetery near Sparksville, KY.

The family request visiting after 2:00pmCT on Tuesday, July 1, 2008, at Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home.Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Remembering James Vaughn: April 25, 1997-June 30, 2008

2008-07-01 - Columbia, KY - Photo By Cathy Moss.
"This morning my daughter's best friend died," Cathy Moss wrote Monday afternoon. "James loved for Keisha to get on her scotter and ride it up and down the road as he watched. He also loved it when my son Jordan started up his demolition derby car, and made it go vrrrooom! He was truly a special child who touched so many lives, as was shown by the community in 2006 during a fundraising drive to help the family purchase a special van to transport James to his doctor, and to let the little boy see things around town. We'll miss him so much."

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