Sylvia H. Vaughan

Published 10:24 am Tuesday, October 15, 2013

AHOSKIE – Mrs. Sylvia Harrell Vaughan joined her beloved husband, Gilbert Vaughan, in heaven early Sunday morning on October 13, 2013. She was the daughter of the late India Holloman Harrell and Otis Leland Harrell. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, O.L. Harrell, Jr. and Jack Harrell.

She is survived by her daughter, Kay Vaughan Byrd and husband Charles Judson Byrd of Ahoskie; one son, Gilbert C. Vaughan, Jr. and wife Carole Leonard Vaughan of Summerfield, NC; three grandchildren, Melanie Byrd Byrum and husband Lee of Ahoskie, Jennifer Byrd of Greenville, and Jennifer Vaughan Davis and husband Andy of Nashville, TN; five great grandchildren, Lanie Lee Byrum of Ahoskie, Marit, Wynne and Ellie Davis of Nashville, TN, and Sophia Grace Byrd of Greenville, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

Sylvia Vaughan will be remembered for her love of serving her community. She loved the Kiwanis organization and served as President of the local club and also held positions on the district level, alongside her husband, where she earned the Carl B. Hyatt award.

Mrs. Vaughan also loved the Salvation Army and was an honorary member of the Board of Directors. She spent many hours helping the disaster relief efforts by making or serving food for those affected. She also was a faithful bell ringer at Christmas time.

Mrs. Vaughan also served as the Hertford County Girl Scout Cookie Cupboard Chair for over 20 years.

Mrs. Vaughan graduated from Ahoskie High School in 1945 and became a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Ahoskie and served as a Sunday School Teacher in the early years.

The family will receive friends at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie from 7-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 and other times at the Vaughan home.

A Celebration of Life Service will be conducted at First Baptist Church, Ahoskie at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2013 with Dr. Daniel Glaze officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Ahoskie Kiwanis Club c/o Ellen Rice, 300 N. Pembroke Ave., Ahoskie, NC 27910 or Salvation Army, 602 N. Hughes Blvd., Elizabeth City, NC 27909.

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Vaughan family and online condolences may be directed to them at