Monday, March 21, 2016


Carrel Leslie Vaughn of Wister, OK passed peacefully on March 20, 2016 in Fort Smith, AR. During his final days, he was surrounded by family and friends. Carrel was born on February 15, 1936 in Lone Star (Wister), OK to S.J. ‘Buck’ and Elva Vaughn. He grew up with his brothers Harold and Jimmy Dale Vaughn, both preceding him in death. Carrel was 80 years of age upon his passing. He had enjoyed 60 years of marriage to his wife, Ramona Wooten-Vaughn.

Carrel and Mona were blessed with four children who remain in the Wister community: Brenda and Bobby Cockburn, Kathy and Bob Craig, Rick and Sarah Vaughn, and Lisa and Ronnie Smith. He has multiple grandchildren including Clint and Jessica Vaughn, Breann and Phillip Lathrop, Heath Smith, Chad and Allie Craig, Brittany Cockburn, and Ashley and Brandon Benson. He also has multiple great-grandchildren including Cole and Caleb Vaughn, Brooklynn and Audrey Lathrop, Paityn Nowlin, Wyatt Benson, and Jack Craig.

Carrel was a leader within his community serving as County Commissioner for thirteen years, President of the Commissioner Board for nine years, member of the Keddo Board for six years, member of the Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center Board for seven years, and member of the Board of Health for thirty-one years. In addition to his community leadership, Carrel also enjoyed camping, fishing, and raising cattle. Carrel was a strong Christian man whose final wishes were to instill faith in his friends and family. He will be missed dearly by many.

Services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at Wister Public Schools with burial following in Ellis Chapel Cemetery, Wister, OK.   Pallbearers will be Rocky Crane, Ryan Williams, Terry Covey, Charles Claiborn, Bud Morgan, Lance Smith.  Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Walden, Sam Walden, Phillip Lathrop, Heath Smith,  Clint Vaughn, Chad Craig.

The family will be at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6-8 pm to visit with relatives & friends.

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