Obituary for Carolyn Chatfield Vaughn of Southern Pines

Carolyn Chatfield Vaughn, 92, of Southern Pines, NC passed away on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst.

She was born in Milo, Maine, to the late William Hugh and Susan Eppes Chatfield on August 11, 1930, she grew up in the little town of Brownville Junction, Maine.  When her father retired from the Canadian Pacific Railroad, they moved to Southern Pines, NC to be close to family in Charlotte, NC and Southern Pines, NC.  Her grandfather Chatfield moved to Southern Pines in the 1890’s and descendants were and are still living there.

In 1955, she married Edward “EJ” Vaughn, a young Army officer and began a new life as an Army wife.

She returned to Southern Pines in 1964 when her husband was deployed to Viet Nam.  She became active in the community, volunteering and joining local civic organizations.  Her husband retired from the military in 1974 as a Colonel and became Southern Pines’ first arborist.

Southern Pines became Carolyn and Ed’s adopted home town and she happily lived out her life there among family and their many friends.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 1:00PM at Mt Hope Cemetery, 405 Morganton Road, Southern Pines, NC 28387.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be directed to Three Rivers Land Trust, 204 East Innes St., Suite 280, Salisbury, NC 28144.

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Services are entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.  

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