Vaughn's Story

CORINTH AND LAKELAND, FL - Vaughn E. Speed, 78, passed away in Lakeland, FL, January 17, 2016, with his beloved wife by his side. He was born in Exeter, March 19, 1937, the son of Elwyn and Jenny (Pike) Speed.

Vaughn attended Corinth schools and after graduation he joined the workforce, working several different jobs before going to work for Prudential. He retired from insurance sales with Prudential after nearly 25 years. Vaughn loved to talk to anyone he met, and therefore he never met a stranger. He always enjoyed conversing with new people. He liked playing music with others, and he played the guitar, mandolin, bass and most notably, the banjo. Vaughn was a longtime member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. He was a man of strong faith who held many different roles in the church. He was a Sunday School teacher to both youth and adults, song leader, board member, and provided music ministry in nursing homes. His nursing home ministry extended to his snowbird trips to Florida. Eventually, Vaughn and his wife, Christine moved to Florida year round, where they spent the last 18 years, joining a new church family in Lakeland, Lake Gibson Nazarene Church.

Vaughn was a wonderful husband to his wife and doting father to his five daughters. Vaughn was always lending a helping hand to anyone in need. He will be greatly missed by his family.

In addition to his parents, Vaughn was predeceased by his son-in-law, Michael Luellen; and his grandson, Gabriel. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Christine (Nutter) Speed; five daughters, Marilyn Curtis and husband, Dale, Linda Luellen, Betty Speed, Connie Alvarado, and Sally Arel and husband, Mike; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Speed and wife, Patty, and Keith Speed; and his brother-in-law, Marvin Nutter and wife, Carolyn.

Relatives and friends are invited to call 1-2 p.m. Monday, January 25, 2016, at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Exeter, where a funeral will be held at 2 p.m, with Pastor Stan Griffin officiating. Interment will be at Corinthian Cemetery in the spring. Those who wish to remember Vaughn in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1195 Stetson Road, Exeter, ME 04435 or Lake Gibson Nazarene Church, 6868 North Socrum Loop Road, Lakeland, FL 33809. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.
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