John Lee Hughes, age 59, of Port Orange, Florida, passed away June 10, 2014. He was born in Heidelberg, Germany and grew up in Ocala, Florida, graduating from Vanguard High School and receiving his Bachelor of Science and Master Degrees in the College of Agriculture from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. Mr. Hughes was the Agriculture teacher at New Smyrna Beach Junior High /Middle School for from 1976 until 2009. During his tenure there, the FFA Chapter received National recognition 28 of his 33 years as Advisor. His job-associated activities included assisting students in selecting livestock to be shown at the Volusia County, Central Florida, and Florida State Fairs, as well as training teams and individuals for District, State and National FFA contests and competitions. Aquaculture, greenhouse and gardening activities and involvement in meeting the needs of the community through environmental projects, food drives and events for local Head Start students were a part of his program and his life. Mr. Hughes was active at Coronado Community United Methodist Church serving as a head usher and providing lambs and sheep for annual Living Nativities and Easter services. More recently he was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Daytona Beach and a dedicated volunteer in the Bread of Life Food Pantry outreach ministry. Always active in the community, John was a 30 year member of the Rotary Club of New Smyrna Beach where he served as president and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was elected to the Volusia Soil and Water Conservation District Board and served two terms as Chairman. He was a member of the local, state and national Agriculture Teacher Organizations and served as volunteer with the annual IMAGES Arts Festival. He was an accomplished photographer and used his talent and expertise to garner interest and recognition for his students and their environmental and altruistic projects in the community. That interest led him to become a "stringer" (reporter) for the New Smyrna Beach office of the News Journal in the 1980's. As well as an educator and leader, he was an avid birder and a member of the Audubon Society for 30 years. He was a volunteer for the Park Service at Canaveral National Seashore in its early days. He was a certified SCUBA enthusiast and enjoyed diving, fishing and boating with his friends and family. Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Iona; three sisters, Claudette (Rick) McCann of Tallahassee, Karen Satterfield of Orlando, and Dianne (Gary) Weaver of Ocala; two aunts, Ruth Miller and Mary Louise Krueger; nephews, James (Lisa) Satterfield and Travis (Sally) Weaver; nieces, Staci (David) Simonton, Kristen (Walt) Dodson, Jackie (Doug) Thompson, and Amy Satterfield; and his beloved feline family, Pearl, Gracie, Henry and Mr. Socks. John was preceded in death by his parents Albert and Jacqueline Hughes and his mother-in-law Althea Weaver. A memorial service to celebrate the life of John Hughes will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Community United Methodist Church, 616 Harvey Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32118 with Pastor Ken Zimmerman officiating. Memorial donations may be made to The Bread of Life Food Pantry Outreach Ministry at Community UMC, The Florida United Methodist Children's Home at 51 Main St., Deltona, FL 32725, or Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, 3800 Woodbriar Trail, Port Orange, Florida 32129. Share a memory with the family at www.BaldwinCremation.com.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on July 13, 2014