Last Monday (April 21, 2014) we laid to rest the body of Gilford Harris Vaughn in the Land of Memories Cemetery, Palestine, Texas, to await the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thinking about his ministry and his passing, I noticed a curious coincidence I had never noticed before.
In 1897, Gilford's grandfather (and my great-grandfather) Marshall L. Vaughn was ordained by Smyrna Baptist Church. 43 years later, in 1940 Gilford H. Vaughn was ordained by Smyrna Baptist Church in 1940. 43 years after that, Robert L. Vaughn was ordained by Smyrna Baptist Church in 1983.
Marshall L. Vaughn gave the charge at the ordination of Gilford Vaughn. Gilford Vaughn gave the charge at the ordination of Robert Vaughn. V. S. Lyles served on both ordination councils. He was clerk at Robert Vaughn's ordination. He wrote of Gilford Vaughn's charge, "Bro. Gilford Vaughn, a Former Member of Smyrna Baptist Church and pastor of Cross Roads Baptist Church, Normangee, Texas, brought the CHARGES to the Candidate and the Church. Reading Acts 20:27-32 and II Tim. 1:8, then He Charged The Church to Pray for Bro. ROBERT, and hold him up at a Throne of Grace of GOD. And to support the Ministery. (It was a good message.)"