Robert Woods Vaughn

September 6, 2021

Robert Woods Vaughn passed away on Labor Day, after spending the long weekend visiting with his family at home in Camden, North Carolina. He is remembered by those closest to him for his brilliant sense of humor, and his devotion to his wife Ponza, their children Britt and Hutch, grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Robert graduated from Yale University and was a notorious Mid-Atlantic bounty singer who would join local church choirs on Sundays. A witness recalls that, when he was singing, Robert looked “Like an Angel.” He say with the Charlotte Oratorio Singers and served as President. Later, he would sing with the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, and he was a member of Trinity Cathedral Choir in Columbia, South Carolina. He was also a happy guest of Camden’s Celebration Gospel Singer for their Christmas Gospel Sing. Music was sacred and central in his life.

Publicly, Robert belonged to the Camden Rotary Club and served as President of the Friends of the Kershaw County Library, and Treasurer of the Library Board. He also served on the Camden Historic Landmark Commission, and as Treasurer of Grace Episcopal Church. He was an active who served his community and participated in its leadership. He had a deep appreciation for the Arts Center in Camden, especially the string quartet.

He will be deeply missed, but recently reminded us that “Softly and tenderly, Jesus is calling.”

All’s well that ends well.

Memorials may be made to Kershaw County Friends of the Library, 1304 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020; Trinity Cathedral Choir, 1100 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC 29201; and/or the Fine Arts Center, 810 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC.