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Bernicestene W. Vaughan

May 19, 1930 November 10, 2020
Bernicestene W. Vaughan
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Bernicestene Williams Vaughan was born May 19, 1930 to Tandy and Mamie Williams of Spartanburg, S.C. She attended public schools in Spartanburg and at a young age joined the Mount Mariah Baptist Church.

She married William (Boo) Vaughan and moved to Blackstone where they raised their family. She was preceded in death by Daddy Boo, son Junny and daughter Barbara Jean. She retired from Velvet Textile after working there over 20 years. She often spoke of her co-workers and the many friendships that she was able to form while working there.

She was an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church and served on the Usher Board. She was also a member of the VFW. Bernicestene served for many years as Recording Secretary at Bethune Chapter #224, Order of Eastern Star of Virginia, PHA and later demitted to Evergreen Benjamin #64, Order of Eastern Star of Virginia and remained a member until her death.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, and aunt. She was also a repository of family keepsakes that included graduation diplomas, photographs, birth registrations and Army enlistment yearbooks. She felt that anything concerning family should be kept safely in her cedar chest. Her spirit will remain with all of us.

She leaves a son Brooks, two daughters Vivian (Carl Pleasants), and Patricia (Rudy Hairston) as well as five grandchildren, Jeri Gresham, Bill Vaughan, Shaheen Pleasants, Rayshell Worley, and Anthony Harley. In addition, she leaves great grandchildren – Aveniel, Mikal, Justin, Jordan, Gammon, Nia, Laila, Isaiah, and Gabi, two sisters-in-law Rachael and Pearl, as well as a host of nieces and nephews and many relatives in South Carolina.

Special thanks and love to Marshell Woodley, Andrew Black, Tyrone Vaughan, Randy Harris, Michael Somerville and Dennis Hawkes.

Graveside Services Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12:00pm at Greenview Cemetery, Blackstone.

W.E. Hawkes & Son Funeral Home of Blackstone in charge of arrangements.

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