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Vaughan W. Wilson

July 18, 1921 - February 6, 2013
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Vaughan Weldon Wilson was a resident of the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC, for over 60 years, and a dedicated member and leader of the Palisades Community Church for almost all of that time. He was on the church Board of Trustees for many years, including service as Board Chairman, but his church work went far beyond formal duties. From installation of the new sanctuary organ down to fixing a heating or plumbing problem, and even for something as simple as mowing the grass, he was always able and willing to provide his help and expertise. For many years the Wilson family, including Vaughan, his wife Betty, and sons Blake and...
Vaughan Weldon Wilson was a resident of the Palisades neighborhood of Washington, DC, for over 60 years, and a dedicated member and leader of the Palisades Community Church for almost all of that time. He was on the church Board of Trustees for many years, including service as Board Chairman, but his church work went far beyond formal duties. From installation of the new sanctuary organ down to fixing a heating or plumbing problem, and even for something as simple as mowing the grass, he was always able and willing to provide his help and expertise. For many years the Wilson family, including Vaughan, his wife Betty, and sons Blake and Bill, together attended church services and Sunday School.

Vaughan was born near Bristol, Tennessee and raised on a farm in nearby Fishdam, Tennessee, the son of Raymond and Lillian (Whitlock) Wilson - that farm is currently under many feet of water, at the bottom of the TVA's South Holston Lake! He had a brother and sister, but grew up among a very large family of aunts and uncles. He graduated from Holston Valley High School, where he was a good student and President of the school's first graduating class.

Vaughan moved to Washington, DC , where he pursued studies in Construction Management and worked on building the Pentagon before entering the Army Corps of Engineers and serving in World War II. Enlisted as a private in 1942, he was later commissioned, eventually attaining the rank of Captain. As a member of the 834th Aviation Battalion, he was in the D-Day invasion of Normandy and built many airstrips throughout the European theater. Coming home after the war he went to work as a Project Engineer for the Federal Works Agency, constructing or expanding facilities on college and university campuses to benefit fellow veterans attending school under the GI Bill. It was during this time that he gave a young art student, Betty Hardin, a summer job as a typist. Although Betty's questionable typing skills regularly led to carbon-paper mishaps, Vaughan and Betty fell in love and were married on June 10, 1950. They remained happily married until Betty's passing in 1985. In addition to his two sons, Vaughan leaves a daughter-in-law, Lise, and two grandsons, Dan and Sam.

For many years, Vaughan worked as a Construction Superintendent and Estimator for Coleman and Wood general contractors of Silver Spring, Maryland, from which he retired. During those years he was responsible for completion of projects including Canal Square in Georgetown and campus buildings for The University of Maryland and Montgomery College, among many others.

Vaughan loved fishing and was also an avid vegetable gardener, fruit and fig tree grower, and beekeeper. He was always happy when talking about plants, gardening methods, or how the weather was affecting the growing season. Those who knew him also knew his generosity, since he loved giving away vegetables, figs, and honey to friends as much as he loved tending his garden and his bees. He will be greatly missed by his family, the Palisades Community Church community, his neighbors on Hutchins Place, and many others he has met throughout his life.

Family will receive friends on Monday, February 11, from 6 to 8 pm, at National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA, 22042. Memorial service will be 11 am, Tuesday, February 12, at Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave, NW, Washington, DC, 20016. Graveside ceremony will follow at place of interment, National Memorial Park, Falls Church, VA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Palisades Community Church.

"Dear Bill, Dear Friend you will be greatly missed, thank you for the wonderful years of friendship you gave me, and all the wonderful fruits and vegetables..." Eleanor Blackburn (San Angelo, UT)

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