Many of the Baltimore’s most prominent religious and political figures gathered at venerable Sharon Baptist Church, 1375 N. Stricker St., in West Baltimore Aug. 28, for the funeral of Corrogan R. Vaughn, a Republican candidate for multiple offices over the years.

Vaughn is the son of Dr. Lillian Purnell Bowser Vaughn and Rev. Dr. Alfred C.D. Vaughn, the long time Pastor of Sharon Baptist. He died Aug. 17 at his family’s home at the age of 51.

Hundreds gathered at Sharon Baptist Church, Aug. 28, to say goodbye to Corrogan R. Vaughn, who died Aug. 17. (Photo by J.D. Howard)

During Vaughn’s funeral, words of comfort were provided by Bishop Douglass Miles of Koinonia Baptist Church, Bishop Frank Madison Reid, III, of the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, and Dr. Francis “Toni” Draper, Pastor of Freedom Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, among others.

The eulogy was delivered by Dr. Harold A. Carter, Jr., Pastor, New Shiloh Baptist Church.

Vaughn was born March 8, 1966, in Lynchburg, Virginia, but grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Northwestern High School in Northwest Baltimore in 1983. Vaughn attended Virginia Union University and Catonsville Community College.

Vaughn was a frequent Republican candidate for political office, challenging Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7th) for his storied Congressional seat in West Baltimore in 2014 and 2016. “He challenged Elijah more than once and of course, Elijah is a great friend of mine,” Rev. Dr. Vaughn said of his son’s political forays.

Vaughn also ran for Maryland’s U.S. Senate seat in 2012, losing in the Republican Primary to Dan Bongino. According to the Vote Smart website, which provides information on political candidates, Vaughn also ran for the U.S. Senate seat as a Republican in 2000, 2004 and 2006 and was a Republican candidate for president in 2008.

Vaughn was also known as a local radio host, co-hosting with former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, “Lunchtime With the Maryland GOP,” on WOLB in the early 2000’s.

Vaughn worked for several years for US Air in different capacities, and also worked for several Baltimore area funeral homes.

On the occasion of his parents 50th wedding anniversary and his father’s 75th birthday, Vaughn told the AFRO in 2013, “Because of my parent’s involvement in the community, it’s good to see people come out and appreciate them.”

“The Lord loaned him to me…but, the Lord now has reclaimed him,” Rev. Dr. Vaughn said.

Corrogan Vaughn leaves to mourn: his mother and father, two sisters; Rev. Dr. Lynette Vaughn, assistant pastor at Sharon Baptist Church and Cassandra Vaughn-Fox, a media professional, both of Baltimore; two nieces, Lauren and Crystal Fox and a nephew, Caleel Fox; four godmothers, Dr. Bertha Wilson, Mrs. Olis Bartley, Mrs. Carrietta Ivey (aunt) and Mrs. Geraldine Perry (aunt), along with many other family members and friends.

Sean Yoes

AFRO Baltimore Editor