Brenda Lyttle Vaughn

September 27, 1948September 2, 2013

Brenda L. Vaughn, wife of Dr. John C. Vaughn, went to be with the Lord, September 2nd, 2013. She passed peacefully from the arms of her beloved husband into the arms of her beloved Lord! In so doing, she finished a life lived to the glory of God and a job well done. Her death concluded a remarkable life of glorifying God and ministering to others through great personal trials and suffering. She served as a pastor’s wife and mother of five in addition to counseling, writing, and sharing her testimony the world over. Brenda was born on September 27th, 1948, in Harlan, Kentucky, to William H. Lyttle Jr. and Wilma Mills Lyttle, and received Jesus Christ as her Savior at the age of seven. In 1978, she discovered her life’s message when she and two-year-old daughter Becky miraculously survived life-threatening burns in a house fire. Brenda’s commitment to trust and glorify God through the trials that followed has directed untold numbers of people to draw on the all-sufficient grace of God just as she did. Following the fire, God gave her thirty-five years filled with opportunities to serve, every one of which she counted a personal privilege. In addition to thirty years of ministry with her husband at Faith Baptist Church, she traveled to camps and churches in almost every state and to over thirty foreign countries. She and Dr. Vaughn co-authored More Precious than Gold: the Fiery Trial of a Family’s Faith, in which they shared the testimony of the fire. Becky’s injuries and resulting disabilities led the Vaughns to found the Hidden Treasure Christian School for children with special needs. The final chapters of Brenda’s life displayed her constant faith in her battle with Hepatitis C which she contracted from a blood transfusion in the aftermath of the fire. Despite declining health, and being less and less able to travel and speak, she rejoiced to glorify God and serve her family with her remaining strength. Though her life was truly remarkable, she thought of herself as unworthy to be so used of God and cherished, most of all, her roles as wife, mother, and “Grandma.” In addition to her husband, Dr. John Vaughn, she is survived by four children—Deborah Vaughn Locke and husband Tim, John Michael Vaughn, Rebecca Morel Vaughn, Joseph Carroll Vaughn and wife Kimberly; nine grandchildren; and two sisters, Dora Sherry of Sarasota, FL, and Sheila McLandsborough of Covington, OH. She was preceded in death by her mother, father, and step-mother, Ollie Lyttle of Heidrick, KY, and her fourth child, Daniel Wayne Vaughn of Taylors, SC. Visitation will be held at Faith Baptist Church, 500 West Lee Road, Taylors, SC, on Friday, September 6th from 4:00 to 9:00 PM. The funeral service will be held at the church on Saturday, September 7th, at 1:00 PM. A graveside service will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hidden Treasure Christian School, 500 West Lee Road, Taylors, SC, 29687.


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2013
  • Funeral - Celebration of Life Saturday, September 7, 2013

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Thomas Ossa

December 8, 2013

I found John C. Vaughn's ministry through a Roku Channel that was set up by his Church. While watching one of his Sermons, I was inspired to go to the website and leave a message, and soon after found that his wife passed.

I am so sorry to hear this. I pray for the soul of Mrs. Vaughn, and for Mr. Vaughn to be comforted by The Lord during this difficult time.

October 29, 2013

Pastory Vaughn and family, Bonnie and I are sorry for your loss.
Michael and Bonnie Jackson

September 13, 2013

Mrs. Vaughn was a gracious lady. We were priviledged to know her. She is one of the "great cloud of witnesses" cheering us on. Each of you are in our prayers.
the Byers
Steve, Tina, Joshua, John & Mary

Dan and Priscilla Marsceau

September 11, 2013

Mrs. Vaughn showed our family such kindness. That she took the time to reach out to others in the midst of her own pain and discomfort is a testament to the grace of God that she appropriated moment by moment. We will never hear the words, “Trust God and do right,” without thinking of her. Her Christlike example will continue to phenomenally impact lives wherever her story is heard. She is missed.
The Marsceau Family
Dan, Priscilla, Nicolas, and Nathanael

Paul and Sherry Zimmer

September 11, 2013

Dear Pastor Vaughn and family,
We love you and thank God for your faithful testimony and the ministry you've had to our family. Mrs. Vaughn touched our lives in so many ways. As she ran her race with patience, she always had a contagious spirit of joy. We will treasure the memory of our "own church service" in the hospital and look forward to singing together again someday in glory! We love you.

Eleanor Brahler

September 11, 2013

Rev. Dr. John Vaughn and Family,
It is with deepest sorrow, sympathy, love and prayers that I write this note. You all have experienced such a tremendous loss - a void that can never be filled. Your strength and faith is an inspiration and blessing - not only to us locally, but on an international level. as well. So many prayers and love to you all. A forever friend who truly cares!

September 10, 2013

Pastor Vaughn& Becky,I remember Brenda
standing beside you faithfully as you greeted the people as they left the services at Faith and knew she was a devoted christian,wife and outstanding mother to Becky.You are loved by many and look forward to seeing you all in heaven. Love and prayers for your family. A visitor of Faith during your ministry there, Carolyn Smith

Gary Lapprich

September 10, 2013

Our prayers and love go out to your family in this time of loss. You have all been such a blessing to us over the last 40 years. Brenda's great spirit and love she has shown in health and trials was a great testimony of her faith and God's goodness. Thank you for your family's blessing to others and may these examples continue to be a help to others. Love Gary & Dara Lapprich.

Jeanine Cummings

September 10, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have appreciated your testimony. We grieve with you at your loss, and rejoice with you at Brenda's home going. May God continue to be glorified through her life and death.
Kimball and Jeanie Cummings.

September 9, 2013


Jeanie and I remember with gratitude the times we spent with you and Brenda back in the mid 1970s in the Greenville area. Brenda was very gracious; we have always respected her. In the following years, we heard of the fire incident and read your booklet. Your lives so far away have yet been an inspiration to us and a confirmation of God's mercies and grace. In Christ, Kimball and Jeanie Cummings, Corcoran, Minnesota.