Joe Lewis Vaughn, affectionately known as "Joe," was born on Feb. 27, 1950, to the late Frank and Emma Williams Vaughn. He entered his resting place on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Providence Health Hospital, Columbia.

Joe attended the public schools of Sumter County and, in his young adult life, he joined Saint Matthews Missionary Baptist Church. He was married to Delares China Vaughn for 47 years. To this union three children were born: Sandara Vaughn, Loraine Vaughn and Stacy Vaughn. Joe was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all. He was a painter, an auto body repairman and a biker. Joe was a lovable, funny and caring person who enjoyed being around people. Joe was employed by Cromack Sign Co. and Cutler Hammer. He retired as owner and operator of The Vaughn's Auto Body Shop.

He leaves to mourn his passing: his lovely wife, Delares China Vaughn; six children, Sandara Vaughn, Stacy Vaughn, Debra McQuilla, Devantae Vaughn and Gregory Vaughn, all of Sumter, and Loraine (Teraine) Vaughn of Columbia; nine grandchildren, Ashle Vaughn, Cortne Vaughn, Kayle Vaughn, Kagen Vaughn, Kiana McQuilla, Zy'Elarh Vaughn, Xionah Vaughn and Kristen (Erick) Wells, all of Sumter; three great-grandchildren, Dy'Keira Vaughn, Ny'Quavion Vaughn and Eljin Vaughn, all of Sumter; one sister, Dorothy Harvin of Brooklyn, New York; a special sister-in-law, Easter Mae Vaughn; six sisters-in-law, Willie Mae (Raffield) Choice, Mary Francis (Joseph) Sumpter, Barbara Conyers, Lessie (Stan) Brunson, Rosa China and Tracey China; four brothers-in-law, Jerome (Emma) China, Johnnie (Gloria) China, Larry (Melinda) China and Annietti China; two special nephews, Clarence (Michelle) and John (Evelyn) Vaughn; three best friends, Bryant Hudson and Raymond (Mabel) Ragin, both of Sumter, and John (Pastor Rosa) Fulton of Manning; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by one grandson, Jo'Cordie Vaughn; nine brothers, Roosevelt, Ernest, Willie, Frank, John, James, Raymond and Albert Vaughn, and Robert Williams; and one sister, Maggie Jones.

Public viewing will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary Inc.

Mr. Vaughn will be placed in the church from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of service.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, with Bishop Leroy T. James officiating. Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Park.

The family will be receiving friends at the home, 2300 Treetop Lane, Sumter.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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