Obituary for John Lewis Vaughan, son of James Peyton and Elizabeth Massey
John was born 10 Apr 1879, died 14 Sep 1900.
The obit published 21 Sep 1900 in Fairfield Recorder was transcribed by Modene Knight Thornton and submitted by Joan Singletary.
Death has visited our midst and made another home sad. John Vaughn, son of Mr. J. P. Vaughn, of Steward’s Mill, has been called from time to eternity. He joined the Methodist church when twelve years old, and to which he belonged at the day of his death. He will be missed in the church, in the community, and in the home. It is hard for parents to lose the one upon whom they expected to lean in their declining years, yet such is the will of the Father above. Just before his departure he called to his bed side the one to whom he was engaged and soon was to have married, and said: “I am satisfied there is a place over there for me, and will you promise me that you will meet me there?” To which she responded: “I will,” Then he told her good by. After lingering for a few moments, his father came to his bed side and asked: “Do you see me?” He replied: “No, you all look alike to me.” A bright smile soon played over his face, and he remarked, “The gates are wide open and I am going,” Thus died this servant of God. Weep not, parents and loved ones, he is at rest. These examples of the power of grace, to triumph in the hour of death, should inspire every servant of God. O! that our last end may be like this.
Sleep on, beloved, sleep and take thy rest;
Lay down thy head upon thy Savior’s breast;
We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best—Good Night.
Only “good-night,” beloved—not “farewell.”
A little while, and all His saints shall dwell
In hallowed union indivisible—Good Night