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Wiladean “Dean” Marie (Compton) Vaughn

• Jun 4, 2019 at 10:03 AM

APEX, NC - Wiladean “Dean” Marie (Compton) Vaughn, 78, of Apex, North Carolina, formerly of Orlando, Florida, entered Heaven’s Gates on May 24, 2019.

Born May 17, 1941 in Washington County, Tennessee, she is predeceased by her parents, Cecil and Frances Patterson Compton of Fall Branch, Tenn., and her late husband of 41 years, Charles Vaughn.

She is survived by her two sons, Christopher Thomas (Karen) Vaughn, with whom she lived in Apex, N.C., and Andrew Cecil (Tonya) Vaughn of Maggie Valley, N.C.; her granddaughters Kelli Todd, Katherine Tripp and McKenzie Vaughn; her grandson Luke Vaughn; and her two great-grandsons, Landyn Todd and Carson Todd. She is also survived by her two sisters and one brother who all reside in Kingsport, Tenn.: Maxie Lee “Mackie” (Ken) Anderson, Betty (Tommy) Anderson and Robert “Lyle” (Debra) Compton; three nieces Sonya Ward of Atlanta, Kim Hobgood of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Kendra Gebhardt of Delaware, Ohio and four nephews Kevin Compton of Fall Branch, Tenn., Wesley Vaughn of Atlanta, Norman Vaughn of Knoxville, Tenn. and Shaun Anderson of Knoxville, Tenn., as well as many other family members and friends.

Wiladean had recently retired from Parks Lincoln of Longwood in Longwood, Fla., where she was affectionately known as “Mama Vaughn.” Her co-workers relied on her to cheer them up and to cheer them on, and they especially loved her big smile and warm hugs.

She prayed before every meal and for everyone she knew. Her older son and daughter-in-law are convinced that she prayed them together and remain ever-thankful. When she was diagnosed with uterine cancer in April, although she was surprised, her unshakeable faith and inner joy never faltered, her smile never dimmed, and her inner strength was never more evident.

Wiladean loved to read the Bible, listen to gospel music, keep up with family and friends on FaceBook, complete crossword puzzles, and watch Chip and Joanna Gaines on “Fixer Upper.” She was also a dedicated sports fan who enthusiastically rooted for the Atlanta Braves and Florida State Seminoles. We all pray that she continues to be our cheerleader in Heaven.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 2:00 PM at Oak Glen Baptist Church at 462 Oak Glen Circle in Fall Branch, Tenn.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorial contributions be made to the charity of your choice.   

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