Howard Nelson Vaughn

Howard Nelson Vaughn

Howard Nelson Vaughn

December 19, 1953 – May 11, 2023

SMITHFIELD – Howard Nelson Vaughn, 69, passed away on Thursday, May 11, 2023.  He was born in Wake County to the late Houston Emral Vaughn and Jo Ann Williams Vaughn.  He worked as a Rehabilitation Therapist for Johnston County Mental Health. He was a voracious reader, a lover of music and the outdoors, and always enjoyed a good (and many a bad) joke. Nelson’s kindness and humor will be remembered by his family and friends.

He is survived by his sons, Evan Vaughn, Colin Vaughn (Casey), and Alec Vaughn; siblings, Neal Vaughn (Shawna) and Lori Carter; as well as many dear friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the National Library Service for the Blind, PBS, or your local library.


  • Donnie Pearce Posted May 14, 2023 1:00 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing. I’m sure he will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. I was thinking about him this past week. Please let me know when a Celebration of Life will be.

  • Lewis Liles Posted May 18, 2023 6:52 am

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Nelson was a fine young man. His Zebulon friends will miss him.

  • Dianne Pearce Posted May 18, 2023 7:55 pm

    So So sorry to hear of Nelson’s passing. Condolences to his family.

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