On Monday, January 16, 2023, David Thomas Vaughn, 60, unexpectedly departed this life for one that suddenly called to him. He was born in Rome, Georgia on March 25,1962 to the late William Otis Vaughn and Helen Louise Bailey. He was a member of Radio Springs Baptist Church of Rome, Georgia. He worked at Lifoam Industries helping to manufacture refrigerant products and protective packaging for hospitals until he retired.
David is preceded in death by his beloved wife Denise Hooper Vaughn, his brother Buster Vaughn, and his parents William and Helen. He is survived by his son David Tyron Vaughn, daughter Ashley Utley, son-in-law and best friend Kevin Utley, his grandchildren Alexis Utley, Hailey Utley, Allison Utley, and Mirissa Snoddy, his brother Mark Vaughn, and his sister-in-law, Carol Vaughn, his niece Ann Vaughn and nephew Anthony Vaughn.
David had an enormous personality. His happiness was contagious, and he was always joyful. Utterly anyone who met him became his friend, because he simply refused to let them stay strangers. People heard David coming when he entered a room, and he could light up any room anywhere, any size. David’s joy was amazingly authentic. He wasn’t unrealistic about the fallen state of our world, but he knew without a shred of doubt that we can choose to be happy, even when painful things happen. David made his choice to be happy and as a result he brightened lives everywhere he went.
David absolutely adored going on vacation with his family. His favorite expeditions involved journeying to the mountains and spending precious times with the ones he loved the most in Panama City. He loved his grandchildren, and the feeling was indisputably mutual. David was forever laughing and smiling, and he was the crowned high king of pulling a silly face during pictures. One would have an easier time finding a needle in a haystack than finding a single picture of David frowning. He simply found wonder and beauty in everything and everyone.
When someone's soul is as vibrantly pure and loving as David’s, the space they leave behind is insurmountable. One cannot simply say he will be missed. That word missed is enormously inadequate to describe the longing those who knew and loved him feel.
Parnick Jennings Sr. - Good Shepherd Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.