Obituaries for May 17, 2017


Henry Sanford Hughes


Henry Sanford Hughes, of the Ingalls community, went home to be with Jesus May 10, 2017, at Cannon Memorial Hospital. He was 71 years young.

He loved the Lord above all things, with his family a very close second. He was a Sunday school teacher and superintendent for many years, which was one of his greatest joys. He had a wicked sense of humor and could find something to laugh about no matter what situation or circumstances he found himself in. He was fearless, and had traveled and worked in 48 states as well as Mexico and Canada. He was one of the first telephone linemen and contract cable splicers from this area, and was a master at his craft. He taught many of the telecommunications workers both in the south and elsewhere, and found work for a great many of his family, friends and acquaintances for more than years. 

He was also the owner of Hughes Cleaning and Maintenance, providing a living for many whom others would not consider hiring or giving a second chance at life. 

He was loved by countless people and had a love for giving to others, especially when no one else knew. He befriended, supported and encouraged many pastors over the years. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe Earl and Willie Mae Stanley Hughes; one brother, Kenneth Ray Hughes; three sisters, Shirley Ann Robinson, Barbara Sue Hughes and Luceilia Hughes; two nephews, Anthony Ray “Tony” Hughes and Joseph Thaddeus “Bodie” Vance; and brother-in-law, Eddie Singleton. 

Survivors include the love of his life and wife of 47 years, Jacqueline Hughes; a son, Sanford (Sandy) Glenn Hughes, and fiancee, Carol Cremen, of Bristol Tennessee, and daughter, Misty Hughes, and husband, Scott, of the Roaring Creek Community; two granddaughters, Eden Hughes, and husband, Aaron Cox, of the home, Sierra Houston, and husband, Jeff, of Ingalls; two great-grandsons, Riley and Conner Houston; two brothers, Maynard Hughes, and wife Renate, of Ingalls, and Stanley Hughes, and wife, Amy, of Oxford. He is also survived by two sisters, Louella Singleton, of Pyatte, and Lila Vance, and husband, Butch, also of Pyatte; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services for Sanford Hughes were 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Mt. Calvary Freewill Missionary Baptist Church. Officiating were the Rev. Jim Shoupe and the Rev. David Troutman. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Online condolences may be shared with the Hughes family at Austin & Barnes Funeral Home & Crematory served the Hughes family.

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