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AJ Vaughn III, age 40

AJ Vaughn III, age 40, left this earth on December 26, 2023 at 10:29 am.

AJ was born on May 12, 1983 in Morristown TN to AJ Vaughn II and Ann Marie (Spoon) Vaughn.

He is preceded in death by both of his parents. AJ is survived by his loving wife of seventeen years (together for 24 years) Ashley Vaughn; children, Heaven (Dakota) Bean, AJ Vaughn IV, and Olivia Vaughn; and two grandsons, Jonathon Bean and AJ Vaughn V.

AJ was a Jack-of-all-trades who would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need. He was a lifelong Redskins fan. “Hail to the Redskins” (if you know, you know)!

Left to remember his caring and generous heart are his grandpa, Dewey L. Spoon, his brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends from all walks of life all around the world.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 29th at Graves Memorial Baptist Church, 4617 Oak Grove Rd, North Little Rock, AR 72118. Family and friends are encouraged to drop in between 4:00-6:00pm.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Ruby Bell Posted December 28, 2023 11:58 AM

    Sincere condolences to the family. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God provide the necessary peace and comfort to your family and friends during this difficult time. Please remember these words of encouragement from the Bible: “ Jesus plainly told her: “I am the resurrection and the life. He that exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” —John 11:20-25.

  • Marcia Cumbie (another one those Spoon grandkids) Posted December 28, 2023 4:20 PM

    Jay you were like my brother more than a cousin. We raised all kinds of craziness in the foot hills on grandpa mountain top. Then we had to bring the same craziness to Arkansas. Protho didn’t have a chance with us there. Then the fun ended in Jacksonville where you planted your roots and finished raising your children. You and Ashley were able to get everything up; for it was time to stop go, Ashley and the kids to be ok. We have so much fun, so many good laughs. Watching our children grow up into fantastic young adults. Going to miss the hell out of you brother. Give her a kiss and Raise hell with Aunt ET til I get there! see you on the other side.

  • Sonya Ketron Posted December 28, 2023 5:15 PM

    I’m going to miss your booger butt something fierce. I love you with all of my heart. Thank you for being a loving husband to my daughter and an amazing Dad to my grandbabies. My heart breaks. I love you Son. You will be extremely missed. 💔 ALWAYS Momma

  • Harley and Tee Lambert Posted December 28, 2023 8:53 PM

    What phenomenal guy! My family and I me Aj and his lovely family about 4 years ago. He and his beautiful family had become our family! Our prayers are with Ash and the kid, he was my lil brother! I called him “ Professor “ so intelligent! Gone but never forgotten 🙏🏽

  • Harley and Tee Lambert Posted December 28, 2023 9:14 PM

    AJ was a phenomenal guy, like a little brother to me even tho he acted like he was the oldest. We often teased each about which NFL team was better the Dallas Cowboys vs the Washington Redskins. He was always there for my family when we needed him. AJ and his family have become like an extended family to mine. A great man who will be truly missed. Gone but never forgotten. RIP Professor.

  • Afandi Bridget & Randy Reddin Posted December 28, 2023 10:06 PM

    Your death comes as quite a shock. I’m so grateful to have been able to see you and hug your neck in October when we were passing through town. Having had cancer three times is really more than anyone should have to go through, and yet you’re such a quiet fighter that you stepped up to the challenge and gave it everything you had. I’m glad for the memories we share of you and Ashley. Forty is much to young to die. However, those who know you, will remember you as determined and funny, stern and yet you were a loving, compassionate father and a loyal, dedicated husband. We will all miss you, but your memories will live within our hearts for our remaining days. Until we’re all reunited again…

  • Bev Dennis Posted December 29, 2023 12:35 PM

    Prayers for the family.

  • Steve Bryant Posted December 29, 2023 5:13 PM

    I remember the first time my son brought AJ to visit when we lived in Rogersville. I was working in the yard and he made sure he came to me and introduced himself, I couldn’t help but notice how friendly he was, and that great big smile. He was around our house a lot and always treated us with respect and was quick to help if needed. He will be missed, but the Lord knows best. Sending prayers for family during this time.

  • Elaine E Johnson Posted December 29, 2023 5:14 PM

    Sorry to hear about AJ you have .y deepest condolences and the family gone too soon

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