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Harlon Byron Vaughan – January 26, 2018

Harlon Byron Vaughan of Dumas, Texas, passed from this life on January 26, 2018.  A memorial service will be held at the Sunray, Texas Church of Christ, Friday, February 2nd, at 2pm.  Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors of Dumas, 500 N. Maddox Ave.
Byron was born in Waukee, IA on February 25, 1926 to Claud and Gracie Vaughan.  Byron grew up near Pauls Valley, Oklahoma where he met his partner in life, Hazel Sutterfield.  They were married in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on December 7, 1946.  They immediately moved to the Solvang, CA area where Byron worked on a ranch for a few years before they returned to Oklahoma to start farming.  In 1952, they moved to the Halfway Community, between Plainview and Olton, Texas and in 1977, they moved their farming operation from the Plainview area to Dumas, Texas.
Byron had four great loves in life.   His faith in Christ, his wife Hazel, his family, and farming.  He was a member of the Sunray Church of Christ at the time of his death.  He served as a deacon and later as an elder for several years at other congregations.  He was a devoted husband who stood by and cared for his bride of over 70 years as she fought various cancers and finally Parkinson’s disease. He delighted in having all of his family together, but especially over the Christmas Holidays.  He began a tradition in 1993 of taking the whole family on a weeklong Christmas trip and continued this tradition until a couple of years ago when he and Hazel were not physically able to travel.  These trips generated many happy memories for his sons, daughters in law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  He was known as an excellent farmer and his strong work ethic showed in his farming.  He won several crop production yield contests over the years.  He prided himself on taking care of the land and leaving it in better shape for the next generation.
Byron was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Hazel; a brother Buran Vaughan; a sister Wilma Hairrel; and a great-grandson Gabriel Vaughan.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Vaughan and wife Kaye of Kismet, KS; Dee Vaughan and wife Terri of Dumas, TX; seven grandchildren, Jason Vaughan and wife Ruthie of Sublette, KS; Kristen Stapleton and husband Ryan of Meade, KS; Jeffrey Vaughan and wife Tracy of Salina, KS; Kelsey Rivera and husband Javier of Newton, KS; Jana McElroy and husband B.J. of Houston, TX; Keisha Vaughan of Denver, CO; and Lyndi Garwood and husband Judson of Los Angeles, CA; twelve great-grandchildren, Jaylin, Jarrett, Grayden, and Sayler Stapleton; Killian and Jael Vaughan; Carsten and Emily Vaughan; Kylah and Kyndrie Rivera; and Beckett and Berkeley McElroy; a brother Jerry Vaughan and wife Nancy of Arlington, TX; and a sister Launa Dennis of Wynnewood, OK.
The family will hold a visitation at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home, Dumas, Texas from 6pm to 7pm, Thursday, February 1st,, 2018.
The family suggests memorials be sent to the New Mexico Christian Children’s Home, 1356 NM 236, Portales; NM 88130, MD Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX  77210-4486; or the “Dig It” Bible Camp, c/o Sunray Church of Christ, PO Box 397, Sunray, TX  79086.


  • Jackie R. Green Sheldon Posted January 29, 2018 2:51 pm

    Terri and Dee, May God bless you in this time of great loss again. I am in Stillwater, Oklahoma now where family has moved also in July except grandson and family with 5-month old precious little girl who are only 1 1/2 hours away near Tulsa, granddaughter and her 7-year-old son are here as-well-as Beth. I will be praying for all of you. Grieve-as-you must, not-as-others say is right, wrong or indifferent.
    Read John 14:15 – 21
    Jesus said, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before-long, the world will not see me anymore but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that-day you will realize I am in my-Father, I am in you and you are in me. John 14:18 – 20 New-International version
    Even-though I was an adult when my parents died, I felt a keen-sense of what it was like to be an orphan. Gone were the two-people who had nurtured me and shaped my life. Sharp-grief gave way to bewilderment, “Who am I now; who knows me deeply yet loves me anyway? The gospel of John recounts Jesus telling His-disciples although the time is coming they would see Him no-more but He would always be a part of them just-as they would forever be a part of Him.
    So it has been with my parents. I see now even-after their-deaths, their example of loving-kindness continues to teach me and guide my-life. That goes deeper than just warm-memories. My parents are in me at a deep-level, deeper than the mind can comprehend and as-deep as the heart. Surely God was their-heart’s teacher. In the same-way I come to know God through the life and love of Jesus. Nurturing that-relationship through prayer, study, giving and serving keeps me forever-connected to the living-God.
    Gracious-God, let who we are reflect who You are in all we do. Amen
    Because of God’s great-love for us, we are never orphaned.

  • Esperanza (Hope) Huerta Posted January 29, 2018 11:23 pm

    My sincere condolences to both of you. May the Lord grant you comfort and peace in this hard time!

  • Scott& Trudy Reiss Posted January 30, 2018 10:15 pm

    Thinking of all of you at this time! Know he had a long wonderful life. God Bless!

  • Neta Clark Posted February 14, 2018 11:41 pm

    So sorry to hear about Bro. Vaughan. Praying for your family.
    Quintin and Neta Clark

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