Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 16, 2014

Elston Ronald Vaught, Jr. “Ronnie”

PEARISBURG, Va. — Born on Spruce Run at Newport, on September 17, 1940, he was a son of the late Rev. Elston R. Sr. and Irene Smith Vaught. He was a 1959 graduate of Newport High School, was retired from Commonwealth Bolt as a tractor-trailer driver, excelled as a shade-tree mechanic, enjoyed golfing with his buddies at Giles Country Club in Pearisburg, and he was 1991 Champion in Pure Stock Car Racing. Ronnie was a Christian and member of Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead. His greatest joy in life was his family, especially being a “Papaw”.

He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife of 51 years, Mary Taylor Vaught; his daughters and sons-in-law Vickie and Darryl Ferrell of Pearisburg and Sherry and Jeff Wall of Narrows; his grandchildren Nichole and Derek Wilson, Wesley Ferrell, Joshua Ferrell, Jordon Wall, Jamie Wall; his great-grandchildren Devin, Kaylee, and Luke Wilson; his brothers and sisters-in-law Paul and Ella Mae Vaught of Newport, Larry Vaught of Newport; his sisters and brothers-in-law Eleanor and Allen Link of Newport, Phyllis Sparks of Newport, Joyce and Darrell Kessinger of Newport; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Brenda and David Crane, Patsy Carter, and Tom and Nancy Taylor.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 11:00 am in Riverview Baptist Church, Ripplemead with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg.

The family will receive friends at the church Friday evening from 6 until 8 pm.

The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of the arrangements.

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