Austin Michael Vaughan
Published 3:21 pm Monday, September 24, 2018
COURTLAND — Airman 1st Class Austin Michael Vaughan, 20, departed this earthly life much too soon on Sept. 15, 2018.
Austin was born on Sept. 10, 1998, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He spent much of his childhood at RAF Lakenheath in England, then moved back to the United States with his family to Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota. In 2010, Austin returned to North Carolina for a brief period. He then settled in Courtland, Virginia, where he graduated from Southhampton High School in 2016. After graduation he ventured out west to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Because of his father’s service, Austin’s desire since he was a little boy was to join the Air Force. Following in his father’s footsteps, Austin achieved his dream and enlisted into the Air Force in February 2017. Upon completing of basic military training at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas, Austin was enrolled in Cyber Operations Technician Technical Training to obtain his skill level as a 3D0X2. He earned his skill level at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi, and was promoted to Airman First Class. His first duty station was Holloman AFB, Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Austin was assigned to the 49th Communications Squadron at Holloman AFB as a Cyber Operations Technician October 2017. During his short time in service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.
Austin’s other interests included anime, sci-fi, especially “Star Wars,” “Doctor Who,” “Assassin’s Creed” and Ancient Egypt.
Austin is survived by his wife, Capri Lee Vaughan; father, Tony Vaughan and stepmother, Brandy Vaughan of Las Vegas; mother, Jennifer Stamm and stepfather, Sid Stamm of Courtland; brother, Joshua Stamm; paternal grandfather, Tony E. Vaughan; maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Teresa Skinner; paternal great-grandparents, J.E. and Betsy Skinner; maternal great-grandparents, Gauis and Hazel Wells; aunts, Teresa Harrell, Joanne Forbes and Kristin Donoughe; cousins, Will Harrell, Briann Forbes, Brooke Forbes and Braxton Forbes, and many other family and friends.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Carolyn Vaughan.
The funeral with full military honors will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Calvary Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, with the Rev. Randy Martin officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Hockaday Funeral and Cremation Service.
Online condolences may be sent to www.hockadayfs.com.