Maxie grew up in the Boones Creek area and attended Boones Creek High School where she excelled in girls’ basketball. After her marriage, she moved to Oak Ridge, TN where her husband worked on the Manhattan Project. After the war, they returned to East Tennessee where she owned and operated her own beauty salon in her home for many years. She was a lifelong and devoted member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Gray, TN where she was active in the Sunshine Sunday School Class and sang in the choir and various ensembles, often on the radio with her sister and friend Dallas Snyder. Maxie and her husband were also very active in the building of the new church. She also worked with Meals-on-Wheels delivering food and cooking for family and friends. She was an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served in several local and state offices, including a past Worthy Matron.
Maxie was preceded in death by her husband John B. Vaughan; parents Ada Ellison Tate and Billy Nathaniel Tate; son Gale Edward Vaughan; and brother Bill Tate, Jr.
Survivors include her children Barbara Vaughan Williams, and husband Fontaine of Leesburg, VA; Billy Lynn Vaughan of Kingsport, TN; and Vicki Vaughan Sells, and husband Sam of Nashville, TN; brother Marshall Tate; sister Palma Hodges; six grandchildren: William Stacy Vaughan, and wife Tammy; Fontaine Leon Williams, III, and wife Angi; Wendi Raeuchle, and husband Joseph; Holly Loraine Vaughan; Stephen Walker Sells, and wife Annie; Matthew Vaughan Sells, and wife Chelsea; and five great-grandchildren.
The family would like to especially thank Betty Scalf and Virginia Brown along with the nurses and staff at NHC Healthcare and Elmcroft Senior Living in Johnson City for their loving care and support.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1:00 PM at the Monte Vista Memorial Park and Cemetery in Johnson City with Rev. Sherrel Nave officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 396 Oak Grove Road, Gray, TN 37215.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the Vaughan family via www.dillow-taylor.com.
Arrangements by Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, 418 West College Street, Jonesborough, TN 37659. 423-753-3821