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Vaughn Ray "Coach" York

October 09, 1949 - September 21, 2018

Vaughn Ray Coach York, 68, of Shady Spring, WV went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 21, 2018.
Coach will be remembered for his wonderful teaching style, strategic coaching methods, and the way he motivated kids and co-workers. He loved to travel, hike and anything the dealt with his family. He was a well loved and well respected teacher that loved to guide kids in bettering their lives.
Coach was an excellent baseball player. He was a member of the All State Baseball Team, played mainly catcher for Concord College, and continued his career in the American Legion league. He went on coaching several successful teams in multiple sports.
He was born in Princeton, WV on October 9, 1949, to Paul Floyd and Alice York. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Education from West Virginia University. He married Barbara Lynn Shumate, February 13, 1971. The moved to Shady Spring and had three children, Vaughn Ray York, Jr., William Paul York, and Vonda Lynn York.
He is preceded in death by his mother Alice York, father Paul York, son Vaughn Ray York Jr. and brother-in-law Jack Carper.
He is succeeded by his wife Barbara York of Shady Spring, WV, daughter Vonda York, of Summersville, WV, son William and wife Misti of Daniels, WV. Sister, June Carper, and brother, Michael and his wife Debbie. He also has eight grandchildren, Jessica, Vaughn, Luke, Andrew, Emily, Jennifer, Benjamin, and Sarah.
A celebration of Coach Yorks life, will be held at Stratton Elementary School on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, please make all donations to the Womens Resource Center for Domestic Abuse in his name.
The family would like to thank the community for all the support and kindness during this time.
Online condolences may be sent to the York family at
Blue Ridge Funeral Home & Crematorium has the honor of serving the York family.
Published on September 29, 2018
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Celebration of life

Tuesday October 02, 2018

6:00 PM

Stratton Elementary School

Beckley, West Virginia


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Oct 11, 2018
He love his kids and he loved his grandkids he was a excellent teacher and baseball
JoAnn Tweeddale
Oct 03, 2018
Mrs. York and Family,
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. When I started teaching, I felt very unsure of what to expect every day. I remember Mr. York talking to me, making me laugh and feel less stressed in my early years.We talked about our travels out west and adventures to come. He was always a bright light, talking to and acknowledging everyone he passed. He wasn't afraid to be more kind than others. I will miss him in our hallways and I will never forget him.
Yvonne Ward
Oct 02, 2018
RIP Coach you will be missed u was one great teacher and coach always had us laughten in class
Maxine Wills Schult
Sep 30, 2018
Barbara, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Love you!