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John Bassett Vaughan, former Vaughan Furniture president, CEO, chairman, dies at 81

GALAX, Va. — Funeral services will be held today for John Bassett Vaughan, retired president, CEO and chairman of Vaughan Furniture Co. He died Monday at 81.

Services are scheduled for noon at First Baptist Church here, with burial to follow in Felts Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church starting at 10 a.m.

The son of Vaughan Furniture founder Taylor G. Vaughan Sr. and Blanche Bassett Vaughan, John Vaughan joined the company in June 1954 and spent his 45-year career involved in all facets of the business. He worked as vice president from 1954-1955, executive vice president 1956-1976, president 1976-1995, CEO 1992-1999, and chairman from 1997-2005. He retired in June, 1999, and was a member of the board of directors until his death. He also was a member of the board of Webb Enterprises from 1976-2005, and served as CEO from 1996-2005.

Vaughan was an active participant and board member of the Southern Furniture Manufacturers Association and the American Furniture Manufacturers Association, and served as president of the latter group from 1988-1989 and chairman from 1989-1991. He was on the advisory board of N.C. State's School of Engineering, and the board of The Furniture Foundation. He was presented with the Alumnus Award from the Edward P. Fitts Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering in 2006. He was inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame in 2000 and received the American Home Furnishings Alliance's Distinguished Service Award in November 2010. He also was involved in many civic and community organizations.

Survivors include his wife Anne Butler Vaughan; sons and daughters-in-law, William Bunyan and Jennifer Vaughan, and John David and Elizabeth Vaughan Sr.; daughters and sons-in-law, Karen Hundley Vaughan and Michael Stevens and Amy Clark Vaughan and Dr. Michael Russell; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Vaughan's memory be made to First Baptist Church, 1024 East Stuart Drive, Galax, Va. or to the John B. Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education, P.O. Box 487, Galax, Va.

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