Alfred Vaughan

The Tribune News
Cartersville, Georgia

February 25, 1943

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Alfred Vaughan Dies Instantly In Auto Crash
Only Son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Vaughan Met Tragic Death Friday Night

Inexpressible grief shrouded the community over the past weekend, when it became known that Alfred William Vaughan, 17-year-old high school son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis J. Vaughan met his death in an automobile accident near Dallas, where he and his companions were en route to scout a basketball game.

Misses Inez McDaniel and Louise Landers, schoolmates, were the only other occupants of the car, but they miraculously escaped the fate which befell their young chum.

The trio were proceeding along the highway is believed to have sensed the possibility of his gas running low. Holding his flash light in one hand, and driving with the other, he is believed to opened the door, and in a sudden impulse to close the door, lost control of the machine.

Turning over at least three times, as it rolled down an embankment, the car pinned Alfred under the door, his neck being broken. Although help was quickly summoned, he was pronounced dead on the arrival of the body at Dallas.

The parents were notified about midnight by friends who called at their home, and the news soon became known throughout the community and State.

The body was prepared for burial by the Owen Funeral Home and services were conducted Sunday by Rev. Guy N. Atkinson, his pastor and Sunday School teacher. The pallbearers were Messrs, Junior Roper, Frank Smith, Horace Gilmer, W.G. Reeves, Sam Allen, George Mosteller. Members of the Senior Class served as honorary pallbearers at the home and at the cemetery, when the body was laid to rest.

Scores and scores of relatives and friends gathered at the Vaughan home and on the lawn Sunday afternoon, and the floral offerings sent to the home were as beautiful as they were profuse in their number.

Alfred and Frank Smith, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. P. Frank Smith, were inseparable companions, and Frank often spent the night at the Vaughan home. Realizing that they were nearing their eighteenth birthdays, and that they would soon be called upon to register for military service, these two young lads had been going through rigorous athletic training, and during the recent cold weather had slept out on the upper front porch of the Vaughan residence. 

The parents of the young lad are among the best-known residents of the community. The father is a son of Mr. and Mrs. James W. Vaughan of Atlanta, formerly of Cartersville, while the mother is the former Marie Anderson, daughter of Mrs. Martin A. Anderson and the late Captain Anderson, of Brunswick.

Mr. and Mrs. Vaughan are graduates of the University of Georgia, and both were closely identified with its faculty and connectional activities for many years.

Mrs. Vaughan is now executive secretary to the Welfare Board of Bartow County, while the father is active as a successful insurance factor throughout Northwest Georgia.

The grief stricken parents are receiving tenderest sympathies from the community as well as from friends from every section of the country.

Coming to Cartersville from a great distance for the funeral of Alfred Sunday were: Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Vaughan, Miss Irma Vaughan, Atlanta, Ga; Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Vaughan Jr., Gladys Vaughan, Greenville, S.C.; Mrs. Martin A. Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. (Several more names cut off)


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