6025 82nd Street Lubbock, TX, US, 79424
Jackie W. Vaughn, 81, of Lubbock, Texas, died peacefully at home on August 16, 2021, confident that everyone on earth had heard all his corny jokes and that heaven awaited him.
Jackie leaves behind a family who loves him and misses him and a legacy of having cared deeply for the thousands of young people he taught at Carlsbad, N.M., High School as a history, government, and economics teacher.
His services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, August 20, 2021, at the Lake Ridge Chapel, 6025 82nd St, in Lubbock. Graveside services will follow at 11 a.m. MT Saturday, August 21, 2021, at the Carlsbad Cemetery.
Jackie was born on July 4, 1940, at home in Bellevue, Texas. Home was (mostly) in Bowie and Bellevue. Jackie always called himself a “Mama’s boy”, so great was the love he had for Ida Mae. After graduating from Bellevue High in 1958, Jackie attended Howard Payne College in Brownwood, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1962 and subsequently a master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University.
Having come from a family with very modest means, he helped pay for college by selling sewing machines during the summers. In the summer of 1961, he sold more sewing machines door to door in north Texas than almost all the brick-and-mortar stores in North America and became a legend briefly in the press releases of the Singer Corporation.
Jackie thought he wanted to be a preacher, but he found his real calling as a public-school teacher in New Mexico. He and his first wife, Sue, who married in 1962, first taught in Roswell. He then taught 28 years in Carlsbad, where he took enormous pride in teaching high school students from 1965 through 1993. His two sons, Anthony and Christopher, considered themselves lucky to have been pupils in their senior years at CHS.
Jackie taught for a few more years at the College of the Southwest campus in Carlsbad, having decided that he wasn’t quite finished lecturing to young minds in front of a chalkboard. (Can anyone who was in his class forget his chalkboard penmanship? It was a marvel.)
Jackie married Carolyn in 1996, and they moved from Carlsbad to Lubbock in 2001 to live out their retirement years. They were nearly inseparable.
Not a man of many hobbies, Jackie loved God, old movies, history books, fried chicken, Whataburger, front porches, manicured lawns and his family. He couldn’t stand cursing, broccoli, sloppiness, small cars, or spending money on himself. If not the originator of corny dad jokes and goofy teasing, he was a true professional at it. Trust us — if he didn’t tease you, he didn’t care for you, and you just didn’t know it.
He was a good man, and he was loved. Rest well, Dad/Grandpa/Jackie Wayne/Mr. Vaughn.
The men who will carry his body are: Cole Vaughn and Archer Vaughn, his two oldest grandsons; David Myers and Jeremy Myers, his nephews; Trevor Rogers, a very close step-grandson; and Reagan Cook, a neighbor friend he depended on late in life. His youngest grandson, Matthew Vaughn, will serve as honorary pallbearer.
His survivors include his wife of 25 years, Carolyn, whom we thank for fulfilling her promise to him at the end; son, Anthony (and Patricia) Vaughn of Frisco, Texas; son, Christopher (and Dana) Vaughn of Fort Worth, Texas; grandsons, Cole and Archer of Fort Worth, and Matthew of Frisco; stepchildren, Cyndi Trower of Lubbock, Colleen (and Mike) Rogers of Carlsbad, and Ross (and Karen) Lawson of Lubbock; brothers, Gary (and Cindy) Vaughn of Bellevue and Lanny Hunt of Pleasant Valley, Texas; sister, Beverly (and Steve) Myers of Bowie; step-grandchildren, Leah (and Josh) Arp, Diana McPherson, Tiffany Rogers, Tara Cox, Tori (and Martin) Hargis, Trevor Rogers, and Teagan Rogers; seven great-grandchildren; and many more extended family members.