Carlson Benjamin Hughes "Ben" CHARLOTTE - Carlson Benjamin Hughes died peacefully in the company of his family September 28, 2013, in Charlotte, NC. He was born in Wenatchee, Washington, January 5, 1936. He attended Wenatchee High School and the University of Washington. For ten years he was a pilot in the Navy, where he flew different types of airplanes, and also blimps. He was stationed in Pensacola FL, Brunswick, GA, Lakehurst, NJ, Milton, FL, and Coronado, CA. During the Viet Nam war his squadron flew off the aircraft carrier, Yorktown. In Charlotte he was CEO of Cannon Aircraft and Thurston Aviation. He also worked for Dixie Paint and Varnish Company in Clarksdale, MS, and Cessna Aircraft in Kansas City, MO, and Raleigh, NC. Ben was a member of the National Business Aircraft Association, and he served on the National Dealer Committee of Cessna Aircraft. He grew up skiing, and was on his high school and college ski teams. He was a member of Myers Park Country Club where he organized the men's Saturday drop-in golf group for many years. He is survived by his wife, Lucile Vardell Walker (Sally) Hughes; his son, Christopher Benjamin Hughes of New York City; his daughter, Margaret Vardell Hughes Morgan and her husband Fred of Whitefish Bay, WI; his brother, Joseph Leo (Jody) Hughes and his wife Kaarin of Seattle, WA; numerous nieces and nephews and cousins; and his standard poodle, Maddie. He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Leo and Margaret Carlson Hughes, and his sister, Cameon Hughes Ravera Haley. Ben was a class act and will be missed by many. A memorial service will be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road in Charlotte on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow in the Blue Room. Memorials may be made to The Jimmy V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513. The family would like to thank the doctors at Carolinas Medical Levine Cancer Center, and the nurses at Asbury Care Center for their loving care. TH Robertson F&CS is serving the family; condolences to www.throbertson.com.
Published in Charlotte Observer from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, 2013