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Former banker Archa Vaughan dies at age 89

PULASKI — “He was a good friend and a wonderful gentleman with an exceptional sense of humor.”
That’s how local attorney Tom McCarthy characterized 89-year-old former banker Archa Vaughan Jr., who died Sunday in Pulaski Community Hospital.
McCarthy said he “had the pleasure of working for Mr. Vaughan as a runner” for a downtown bank at the age of 15. As he later worked his way through college, McCarthy said he worked as a relief teller at the bank.
“I was fortunate that our friendship was able to continue over the years,” McCarthy added.
“He was a gentleman that was always a pleasure to be with and work for. His whole staff loved him.
“(Vaughan’s death is) a great loss to the community. He served on many community organizations over the years,” McCarthy said. “We were very fortunate when he came here.”
Vaughan was born in Floyd County on Feb. 26, 1919, on the family farm, Zionia. His parents were Archa (Papa) and Beulah Margaret (Mama Peg) Vaughan Sr.
He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1942, married Marjorie Hope later that year and then began teaching at Liberty Hall High School in Lodi. His wife preceded him in death.
Vaughan served with the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After returning from military service, he taught at Rich Valley High School and Marion High School.
He later turned to a career in finance and banking, working in Abingdon, Pulaski and Dublin. When he retired from Wachovia, he continued his love for farming at Zionia.
He was a member and former elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Pulaski. He was associated with a number of fraternal and civic organizations, including the Lion’s, Elks and Pulaski Science clubs. He was also a member of Pythagoras Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner.
Monday night at the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, Board Chairman Joe Sheffey held a moment of silence in remembrance of Vaughan, who served on the board from 1968 to 1979 and was chairman from 1972 to 1979.
Vaughan also served on the Public Service Authority and on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Virginia Cattleman’s Association and the Pulaski County Livestock Market.
For the full obituary, see Page 2 of today’s edition.

Former banker Archa Vaughan dies at age 89

PULASKI — “He was a good friend and a wonderful gentleman with an exceptional sense of humor.”
That’s how local attorney Tom McCarthy characterized 89-year-old former banker Archa Vaughan Jr., who died Sunday in Pulaski Community Hospital.
McCarthy said he “had the pleasure of working for Mr. Vaughan as a runner” for a downtown bank at the age of 15. As he later worked his way through college, McCarthy said he worked as a relief teller at the bank.
“I was fortunate that our friendship was able to continue over the years,” McCarthy added.
“He was a gentleman that was always a pleasure to be with and work for. His whole staff loved him.
“(Vaughan’s death is) a great loss to the community. He served on many community organizations over the years,” McCarthy said. “We were very fortunate when he came here.”
Vaughan was born in Floyd County on Feb. 26, 1919, on the family farm, Zionia. His parents were Archa (Papa) and Beulah Margaret (Mama Peg) Vaughan Sr.
He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1942, married Marjorie Hope later that year and then began teaching at Liberty Hall High School in Lodi. His wife preceded him in death.
Vaughan served with the Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. After returning from military service, he taught at Rich Valley High School and Marion High School.
He later turned to a career in finance and banking, working in Abingdon, Pulaski and Dublin. When he retired from Wachovia, he continued his love for farming at Zionia.
He was a member and former elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Pulaski. He was associated with a number of fraternal and civic organizations, including the Lion’s, Elks and Pulaski Science clubs. He was also a member of Pythagoras Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner.
Monday night at the Pulaski County Board of Supervisors’ meeting, Board Chairman Joe Sheffey held a moment of silence in remembrance of Vaughan, who served on the board from 1968 to 1979 and was chairman from 1972 to 1979.
Vaughan also served on the Public Service Authority and on the Board of Directors of the Southwest Virginia Cattleman’s Association and the Pulaski County Livestock Market.
For the full obituary, see Page 2 of today’s edition.