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The Tennessee Housing Association would like to recognize members of our industry who paved the way for future successes. In 2017, this page began collecting photos and notes of members and industry friends we lost, in an effort to build a memory registry. If you know of a current or past industry member who has recently left us, please forward a photo and comments to Office@tnmha.org.
Randall B. Vaughn
AUGUST 30, 1935 – DECEMBER 25, 2020
Randall Burklow Vaughn was born in Nashville, TN on August 30, 1935, to Ruby Burklow Vaughn and Jesse Dalton Vaughn, Sr. He was the third child of eleven. Randall passed away on December 25, 2020, surrounded by his family.
Randall was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving in Germany, where he met his wife, Susanna, the love of his life. They were married for 61 years.
Randall was in the Reserves for 10 years and retired from the US Army Corps of Engineers. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, and was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Randall loved his family dearly.
Randall was a successful businessman and still worked in manufactured housing property management, and was a member of the Tennessee Housing Association. He enjoyed working, hunting, traveling, and snow skiing. He also enjoyed helping others and was extremely generous.
Dale Woods of Riceville, TN
Thursday, October 20th, 1955 - Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Dale Woods, 65, of Riceville, passed away November 1, 2020 doing what he loved, fishing in Key West with his fishing buddy, Randy Mullins. Dale also loved classic cars and Nascar racing!
Dale was the owner/manager of Woods Mobile Homes in Sweetwater, TN, for 41 years. Dale was a longtime and appreciated member and supporter of the Tennessee Housing Association.
Chet Murphree of Alabama
May 8, 1961 – October 24, 2020, 2020
Chet Murphree died Saturday, October 24, 2020, at his residence, after battling cancer. He was born May 8, 1961, in Morgan County to Charles Leroy Murphree and Elizabeth Ann Sample. Mr. Murphree was a graduate of Decatur High School and of U.A.H. College. He was the President and General Manager of Deer Valley Homebuilders, of which, he was one of the original founders of the company and served on the Board of Directors. He was Person of the Year for the Alabama Manufactured Housing Commission in 2015, and was inducted into the Alabama Manufactured Housing Industry Hall of Fame in 2017. Chet served on the Alabama State Board for Manufactured Housing and on the Board of the Alabama Housing Foundation. Chet was a man of faith, and served on the Board of Real Party Ministries.
Joe Clayton of Knoxville, TN
December 2, 1935 – August 3, 2020
Joe Clayton age 84 of Knoxville, Tennessee passed away on Monday, August 3, 2020. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and son. He is preceded in death by his wife Dot Clayton and his father and mother Cratus Clayton and Ruth Clayton. Joe is survived by sons Richard Joseph Clayton and wife Victoria, Mark Eads Clayton and wife Ashley, daughter Deborah JoAnne Justus and husband Randy, grandchildren Jessica Clayton, Christina Clayton Sullivan and husband Josh and Britney Justus. He is also survived by his brother James L. Clayton and wife Michell, as well as nieces, nephews and many other family members.
Joe was born and raised in Finger, Tennessee to a family of sharecroppers, and quickly realized he wanted a different life for himself. He left farm life in his late teens and decided to attend Draughon’s Business College in Nashville where he graduated with a business degree. Joe wanted to further his education so he enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University and then later enrolled at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. While working his way through college, he worked for a local television and radio station. A young listener named Dorothy called in one evening requesting a song. Joe thought she had the sweetest voice and lucky for him she called back the next night. It was not long after that Dorothy became his lifelong sweetheart and wife of 53 years.
With Dorothy by his side, Joe ventured into his career alongside his brother, Jim. Joe was instrumental in helping Jim with the creation of the many Clayton organizations. Joe was president of Clayton Automotive, Clayton Volvo, and was the co-founder of Mercedes Benz of Columbus in Georgia. He was also the co-founder of Clayton Homes and Vanderbilt Mortgage with his brother Jim. In addition, Joe was the president of the Lincoln-Mercury Dealer Council and Volvo Dealer Council. He served as president and chairman of the Tennessee Automotive Association, and served on the boards of Clayton Homes, Clayton Bank, First Horizon Bank, and the YMCA among other notable accomplishments.
Joe was a businessman and entrepreneur as he had several businesses and ventures in and out of Knoxville. He always enjoyed putting a deal together whether it was with a customer, a partner or even with his kids. But of all his business partners and ventures none were greater than the ones he and his brother and best friend Jim Clayton shared together. These partnerships spanned an uninterrupted and amazing 63 years side by side.
Joe had many passions but flying was very near and dear to his heart as he was an avid pilot. Joe loved to fly his family to their favorite vacation spots. Although Joe owned many airplanes over the years the one he loved the most was his latest KingAir, which he recently sold. When he wasn’t flying, you could find Joe playing golf with his family especially his granddaughters and closest friends. Joe’s best friendships developed over many rounds of golf, between the tee box and the flag stick, most of which took place at his favorite getaway spot, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. While vacationing there he enjoyed waking up early in the mornings to take a long walks on the beach to capture photos of the sunrises and coming back in the evenings for another long walk to capture photos of the sunsets. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The First Tee of Greater Knoxville and the Boys and Girls Club of Knoxville.
William Earl "Bill" Tuller , of Knoxville, TN
October 15, 1940 - February 8, 2020
James "Jim" Easton Oliver, Hoenwald, TN
October 22, 1952 - September 19, 2019
Lori Lee Sechrest, Dickson, TN –
December 14, 1965 – June 25, 2018
Bayne Yarbrough, Memphis, TN
11/27/1939 – 03/29/2018
Sam Swann, Dandridge, TN
1963 – March 12, 2018
‘Bill’ Macke of Macke Perkins Insurance, Nashville, TN
June 9, 1954 – June 14, 2017
Charlie Taylor of Charlie Taylor Housing, Gallatin, TN
July 10, 1959 – February 18, 2017
Vance 'Blinky' Evans Jr., age 72, Haleyville, AL
May 21, 1944 – February 18, 2017