Cover photo for Charles Allen Vaughan's Obituary
Charles Allen Vaughan Profile Photo
1954 Charles "Chuck" Allen Vaughan 2024

Charles Allen Vaughan

August 4, 1954 — May 1, 2024


Charles Allen Vaughan, affectionately known as Chuck, 69, of Chesterfield passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Born August 4, 1954, he was the son of the late Allen Browder and Mary Charles Vaughan, and was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Deborah Vaughan.

Chuck was a beloved figure who lived life with flair and enthusiasm, inspiring everyone around him to do the same. His passion for music began at age 11, with a special affinity for percussion. Throughout his life, Chuck curated a remarkable collection of over 150 instruments, performing and recording music with bands such as Sandcastle, Touch, Kid Shaleen, and the News in the 1970s and 80s. His love for jazz and percussion ran deep, bringing rhythm and joy to every performance.

Chuck's culinary journey led him to open Hilltop Barbecue in Colonial Heights during the 1990s. As owner, his keen sense of humor and engaging personality made Hilltop a welcoming community space. Chuck’s infectious laughter often resonated throughout the restaurant, where he could be found sharing stories and meals with patrons.

In recent years, Chuck's expertise in fine wines made him a sought-after specialist at Monsieur Touton Selection, Ltd. He shared his vast knowledge of French wines, particularly his favorites, Bordeaux and Champagnes, with restaurants across Richmond and Williamsburg. His joy in cultivating relationships with restaurant owners and savoring exquisite cuisine was evident in every interaction.

For 40 years, Chuck cherished his marriage to Debbie, the true love of his life. Together, they embraced life with warmth and hospitality. His love for animals, including his cherished cat, Mardi Gras, mirrored his philosophy of celebrating life’s vibrancy and beauty.

Chuck leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and music. His family and friends take comfort in the belief that he and Debbie are dancing together again beneath the harvest moon, united in eternal joy.

He is survived by his beloved cat, Mardi Gras; devoted friends, Marvin and Georgia Faison, Rebecca Moss, Mickey Jett, Rob Boclair, who all provided unwavering support throughout his illness and transition; as well as a host of cousins.

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2024 in Southlawn Memorial Park, 1911 Birdsong Road, S. Prince George, Virginia 23805. The family will receive friends Wednesday night, May 8, 2024 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Online condolences may be registered at

To send flowers to the family in memory of Charles Allen Vaughan, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Wednesday, May 8, 2024

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

E Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory - Colonial Heights

2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Get Directions

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Graveside Service

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Eastern time)

Get Directions

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.


Visits: 1724

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the
Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Service map data © OpenStreetMap contributors

Send Flowers

Send Flowers

Send With Love

Send With Love