Lowndes County Remembers Willie Vaughner

An Air Force veteran, a State Trooper, a sheriff, teacher and a friend--that's how many will remember Willie Vaughner.   Saturday, at his funeral in White Hall, fellow officers, friends, and family packed the community center for a heartfelt goodbye.

A full procession started the service for the late sheriff, who died eight days ago of an apparent heart attack. After the ceremony, colleagues stopped to remember the impact Vaughner had on all their lives.

"He meant a lot, not only to this community, but to all of law enforcement as well," said Chief Deputy Derrick Cunningham of the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department.

Vaughner received a full escort to his final resting place in Lowndesboro, where the family held one last ceremony.

"There are several things I remember about Sheriff Vaughner:  one, being his exceptional love for the county, his love for people, his love for his employees.   He was an exceptional person," said Deputy Jerome McQueen of the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department.

With his family, friends, and fellow officers by his side, Willie Vaughner received a hero's goodbye--laid to rest in the county held so near and dear to his heart.

Vaughner was buried at Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery in Lowndesboro. Chief Deputy John Williams is the acting sheriff in Lowndes County until Governor Riley appoints a replacement.

Reported by:  Cody Holyoke