Stevenson Marchant Vaughn of Charlotte, NC, son of the late Vernon Aiken Vaughn, Jr. (“Buddy”) and Harrold Lee of Charlotte, NC, died peacefully with his family by his side on Sunday, January 31, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Caroline Lundy Vaughn of Charlotte; son, Allen Stevenson Vaughn; daughter, Anne Lee Vaughn; a brother, Vernon A. Vaughn, III, his wife, Mary Matthews Vaughn, of Gastonia, NC; niece, Elizabeth Vaughn Edwards and husband, Henry Duke Edwards, of Farmville, NC; nieces and nephew, Charlotte Lee Vaughn, Sarah Garland Vaughn and husband, Carlos Garcia, and Benjamin Reilly Vaughn of Greensboro, NC; and his aunt, Elizabeth Lee Boyd, of Kingsport, TN. He was predeceased by his brother, Lee Harrold Vaughn; sister-in-law, Carla Liske Vaughn; and uncle, Lon V. Boyd.
Steven was born in Charlotte, NC, in 1965. He was a proud native Charlottean who attended Eastover Elementary School, Alexander Graham Junior High School, and Charlotte Country Day School, where he was a 3-year letterman on the football team. Steven graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he double majored in Political Science and French. Steven was a member of Sigma Chi Social Fraternity and the UNC Rugby and UNC Tae Kwon Do Clubs. During college, he enjoyed being an exchange student in Saint-Malo, France, and later attended the Universite De Paris IV - La Sorbonne in Paris, France. After college, Steven worked at Europ Assistance Worldwide Services in Washington, D.C.
After a few years in Washington, D.C., Steven decided to pursue a Master of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he met his wife of more than 20 years. After finishing graduate school, Steven was proud to join the Charlotte-based bank, NationsBank, in the Bethesda, MD, office. After graduating from the Commercial Management Associate Program in 1995, Steven enjoyed a productive career at Bank of America, working as a Commercial Markets Underwriter in CMBS Capital Markets for 19 years. Steven then served as a Director/Senior Underwriter in Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets at Wells Fargo Bank for over 7 years. Steven was a mentor, educator, and friend throughout his career with a great attitude and humble, respectful approach that was recognized by all. In 2019, Steven was recognized by his peers and named a Wells Fargo Pinnacle Champion for demonstrating excellence in service, performance, leadership, and risk management.
Steven served as a Board Member of the Charlotte Country Day School Alumni Council for nearly 10 years, including reunion committees and the Alumni Council Nominating Committee, as well as various parent volunteer roles. In 2016, he was honored by the Alumni Association with the Alumni Service Award for his countless hours of volunteerism and dedication to the Country Day alumni community.
Steven was an active member of Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC, where he grew up and was confirmed, and was a former member at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC, where he served as an usher and greeter. Steven served as a mentor with Eastover Elementary School and volunteered with the American Lung Association and with political campaigns.
Steven was a man of integrity and a genuine family man who never missed his son’s ball games or a chance to share his daughter’s artwork. He loved family vacations to Pawleys Island and Oak Island, attending college football games in the Carolinas with friends and family, attending Carolina Panthers football games including Super Bowl XXXVIII, exploring America’s national parks with his family, and visiting countries throughout Western Europe. He often met friends and acquaintances to help them plan their own trips to Europe with particular interests in WWI (the war in which Steven’s grandfather fought) and WWII battlefields. Steven’s love of travel and history was infectious.
Steven had a wide range of eclectic musical taste, encompassing R&B, funk, new wave and all types of rock n’ roll. Steven particularly favored the “Manchester Sound” of the 1980s and was a huge fan of The Smiths. Steven had an enduring love of live music and was always open to see any band in any genre at any time. Steven saw music as a gateway to the soul, and he enjoyed sharing it with his many friends.
Steven’s friends describe him as a gentle giant with an endearing smile and an ever positive outlook. He was a friendly guy who made you feel as if you’d known him your whole life. A happenstance meeting in the elevator could result in a 45-minute conversation with Steven, and a conversation with him always left you with a smile on your face. His friends say that he was the glue that held his friend groups together.
Steven enjoyed the simple pleasures of life, like a bike ride with his family, lunch with a friend, a walk around the neighborhood, a sunset at the beach, and all of God’s nature, especially a field of sunflowers.
Steven’s family would like to thank the many friends and neighbors who have supported them with meals, flowers and prayers for Steven. As Steven would say, “Thank you, kindly.”
A private service will be held for the family at Christ Episcopal Church on Saturday, February 13 at 11am with a live stream available on the church website at www.christchurchcharlotte.org
In lieu of flowers, memorials for the Vaughn Education Fund may be sent and made payable to R.W. Baird & Co, Inc. with “Vaughn Education Fund” on the memo line and mailed to: R.W. Baird & Co. Inc, Attn: Emily Rector, 4350 Congress Street - Ste 400, Charlotte, NC 28209, or memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC.
Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangements (www.carolinafuneral.com
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