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- Published on 26 March 2014
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William Preston Vaughn of Mount Pleasant died Monday, March 17, 2014 at the age of 80 years. He was born May 28, 1933 in Whiting, Indiana to James C. and Georgana (Preston) Vaughn.
Mr. Vaughn served his country in the United States Army and was a lifelong Episcopalian. He was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Denton, Tex., where he sang in the choir and served as cantor from 1965 to 1990.
Mr. Vaughn attended the University of Missouri, and graduated with a B.A. in 1955; in 1956 he obtained a M.A. from Ohio State University; and a Ph.D. in 1961. He went on to be an instructor of history at the University of Southern California from 1961- 62; Assistant Professor at the University of North Texas in 1962; Associate professor 1963-68; and served as full professor from 1969-1991; becoming professor emeritus in 1991.
Mr. Vaughn was active in the Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution, Denton, Tex. Chapter No. 23; Sons of the Confederate Veterans, Stonewall Jackson Camp No 901, Denton, Tex.; and The Confederate Military (Masonic) Lodge of Research.
He published many books and articles.
Mr. Vaughn was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Virginia Vaughn; and a sister.
He is survived by his daughter Rhonda and her husband Billy Wayne Horton, of Talco; two granddaughters, and a great granddaughter.