Vernon Ray Vaughan departed this life for the next on July 24, 2020 at the age of 83 in San Antonio, TX. Born on August 20, 1936 to Raymond and Cecelia Vaughan, Vernon's life was shaped by a love of family and friends... and cars, motorcycles, fishing, hunting, camping, boating, and photography. After attending Brackenridge High School and Abilene Christian University, Vaughan made his home in San Antonio with his wife of 56 years, Lenda Leigh Hairston. Known affectionately as "Dad-o" to family and friends, Vaughan was capable, confident, and courageous in all things. From the halls of the San Antonio Breakfast Club and the pews of St. Luke's Episcopal Church to the shores of Copano Bay outside his second home in Rockport, Texas, Vernon made it his life's mission to have the best darn time he could at work or at play. A prime example is the Fiesta parties he and business partner of 40 years Flavio Farias threw at Bebrick Fact-O-Bake on the corner of Pearl Parkway and Broadway where the parades began - and where they began the beloved tradition of shouting "Show us your shoes!" He knew better than anyone how to kick up your heels. Vernon is preceded in death by his wife Lenda. Celebrating and cherishing his memory are his children Cynthia Vaughan, Sharon Leslie (Will), and Vernon (Bubba) Vaughan, Jr. (Donna); grandchildren Taylor Leslie (Amanda), Whitney Kirby, Blair Leslie (Jazmin), Paxton Vaughan (Dannon Shippey), and Payton Vaughan; great-grandchildren Emerson and Harper Leslie; brothers-in-law Cary Hairston (Janice) and Lonnie Hairston (Peggy); sister-in-law Pamela Rhodes (Rodney); loving friend Rita Novak; and numerous cousins and nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the America Heart Association or the charity of your choice.

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  1. We were saddened to learn of your Father’s passing. Please know you are in our prayers. Jeanette and Kevin Braesicke.

  2. What a true blessing to so many. Such a kind, sweet man. Sad he’s gone but happy he’s in heaven and out of pain. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Vaughan family.

  3. It’s hard to see a very special old friends go on to the next level. I could never tell you’ll what pleasure Vernon and Lenda brought to all of us at Audry’s, often I would stop whatever I was doing to just sit and listen to the two happiest people in the world! Really, they would make anyone’s day with their love and charm. I could not calculate the times and meals we were a part of , all of them being pleasurable. I loved to see them look at each other, the love in their eyes was so amazing . Bubba, we got to have a beer and tell some stories soon. We will love and miss them forever, to you all, our most sincere condolences. Love you all, Tony & Susan 210-394-1148

  4. Vernon was very special person to me, and a wonderful friend. He has left a hole in my life. I miss him so very much. I am blessed to have all the beautiful memories of our times together, and I will cherish them forever. Sending my Love and Prayers to all the family. Rita

  5. Guess it was about 1961, I was 14 at the time, that Vernon invited me to join him for a day fishing trip to Diversion Lake. He had a favorite spot on the Medina River to launch his Jon boat some miles below the lake. After a couple of hours of slow going because of low water, Vernon told me we were getting close. About that time a huge thunderstorm was suddenly on top of us and we beached the boat just below a shallow cave we spotted. The storm lingered and we spent the next 2 to 3 hours sharing the cave with a herd of goats. When the storm passed it was time to head home. I never saw Diversion, but it was a fun and memorable outing with my wonderful cousin. Cynthia, Sharon, Bubba and families, Gail and I extend our heartfelt sympathies. You know your dad was so loved and respected by the entire Vaughan family. Mom and dad thought the world of both Vernon and Lenda and cherished their friendship. God bless all of you and we hope to see you at the celebration of your dad’s life. Lloyd

  6. I will always remember the summer that Vernon hired Cary and me as high schoolers to work at Bebricks to sand tanker trailers for repainting when Sunset trucks became Hancock going from green and yellow to orange. That was quite a job and learning experience. I’m sure he touched many lives and contributed to the betterment of them. RIP Mr. Vaughan.

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