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Robert Ray Vaughn was born on March 29, 1897 in Ponder, Texas. In 1915, he married Callie Taralie Wilson, and the couple had four sons and one daughter. Callie Wilson passed in 1929, and in 1930 Robert Vaughn married Adaline “Addie” Viola Whitley in 1930, and they had three children. Addie passed away in 1985.
During World War II, Robert Vaughn worked as a riveter and later owned and operated his own nursery from 1946-1951.
A churchman, Robert Vaughn moved to Denton, Texas in 1951, and attended College View Baptist Church. It was around this time, while teaching Sunday School to to children 8 and 9 years of age when he first worked on the biblical teaching charts, which focus on the book of Revelation.
Robert Vaughn probably saw Clarence Larkin’s “Dispensational Truths”, which was widely distributed amongst evangelical churches in the 1920’s, along with “The Book of Revelations,” also by Clarence Larkin. It is most likely these that inspired his ideas to create his own teaching charts which were designed for easy display, and with which he took creative liberties and humor in his renditions of revelations, feeling that to hold the children’s interest one had to entertain them.
Robert Ray Vaughn’s pieces survive due to a family member who as an artist saw value in the work and stored for years. It then passed to the next generation. This individual, also an artist, valued not only her Grandfather’s work but also his artistic vision, and allowed them to be exhibited to the public for the first time in at least a generation. Robert Ray Vaughn died on December 29, 1986.
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The Robert Ray Vaughn Collection was arranged in chronological order by title of artwork.
Around 1951, in Denton, Texas, Robert Ray Vaughn used pen, paint and paper to create his interpretations of the Book of Revelations on wood panels. The wood panels measured 28x20 inches. Robert Ray Vaughn, a churchman, designed his teaching charts for children 8 and 9 years old. He designed two sided panels because it was easy to display and he added humor in his renditions of Revelations, to hold the children’s interest.
Scriptures written on panel Revelation 14:19,20 and 16:16,21,25; Isaiah 63:3 and Jeremiah 25:33.
Scriptures written on panel Revelation 20:4,8,11 and 21:2 and Daniel 12:11,12.
Scriptures written on panel I Corinthians 2:9; John 14:2 and Revelation 21:22.
Scriptures written on panel Isaiah 1:18 and 53:6; I John 1:7; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 5:6 and II Corinthians 5:21.
Scripture written on panel I Corinthians 15:3.
Scriptures written on panel Daniel 7:3-7; Revelation 6:4,5 and 13:1,11 and 17.
Scripture written on panel Matthew 16:18.
Scriptures written on panel Hebrews 9:27; Zechariah 14:20.
Scriptures written on panel Psalms 111:10; Matthew 10:28; Exodus 20:7 and Jude 1:23.
Scriptures written on panel Matthew 16:18; Isaiah 5:14.
Scriptures written on panel Revelation 21 and 22; Isaiah 60:8; and II Corinthians 2:9
Scriptures written on panel I Corinthians 5:5 and 10:4; Revelation 22:17; Psalms 18:31 and 62:2-6 and Deuteronomy 32:4.
Scriptures written on panel Matthew 25:31-34.
Scriptures written on panel Revelation 8:8,11,12 and 9:1,13-15 and 11:15 and 16:2,3,4,8,10,12,17; I Thessalonians 4:16 and I Corinthians 15:52.
Scriptures written on panel Luke 16:20-23; Isiah 5:14 and 44:20; Psalms 9:17 and 112:9.
Scriptures written on panel Revelation 6:13 and 12:4.
Scripture written on panel Matthew 27:54.
Scripture written on panel Psalms 116:15.
Scriptures written on panel Acts 17:31; Matthew 7:13 and 16:18 and 25:31,34,41; Luke 6:9; Revelation 20 and 21:18; Amos 4:12 and 7:10 and Joel 3:14.
Scriptures written on panel Revelation 6:12,14,17 and 12:3-4; II Peter 3:10 and Isaiah 34:4.
Scriptures written on panel Titus 2:13; John 2:13; I Corinthians 15:57; Revelation 15; I Thessalonians 4:15; Matthew 24:31 and Daniel 4:25.
Scriptures written on panel Matthew 7:13 and 13:41 and 16:18 and Acts 20:21.
Scriptures written on panel Matthew 11:28 and Isaiah 1:18.