Lynn Hughes (1938 - 2014)

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Lynn Allen Hughes, M.D. CHARLOTTE - Lynn Allen Hughes, M.D. was born Dec. 28, 1938, in Ardmore, Okla., the first of four children for Rev. Ross and Pauline Hughes who were Baptist Missionaries in Oklahoma. He passed away peacefully on Feb. 13, 2014, at The Havens at Highland Creek surrounded by his family. Visitation will be held from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at First Assembly Worship Center of Concord. Services will begin at 3:00 officiated by Dr. Rick Ross and Rev Tom Whidden. Interment will follow at Carolina Memorial Park. Dr. Hughes graduated from Central High School in Tulsa, Okla., earned a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, Okla.), and received his Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Fort Worth, Texas). Lynn was presented his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Oklahoma, School of Medicine (Norman, Okla.) and completed his internship at Mercy Hospital, in Oklahoma City, Okla. He had a passion for helping those in need. While in medical school he was one of five medical students chosen to serve a summer at the Can Tho Hospital in Vietnam, part of the American Physicians' voluntary program to aid South Vietnamese civilian casualties of war. Dr. Hughes served as a Captain and Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force, and was stationed in Vietnam during the war. Upon his return to the United States, Dr. Hughes completed his residency and was Board Certified as a Surgeon in Otolaryngology at Duke University in Durham. Throughout his professional career, he maintained his relationship with Duke University Medical Center as an Assistant Consulting Professor of Otolaryngology in the Department of Surgery. With his young family, Dr. Hughes moved to Concord in 1975 and began his medical practice. Dr. Hughes opened The Hughes Clinic, P.A. which later became Northeast ENT. He healed the Concord community faithfully for over 35 years, before retiring in 2010 due to failing health. Dr. Hughes loved to travel and took great joy in sharing his love with his family. He visited six continents and his journeys included Dominican Republic, Africa, Israel, Egypt, Europe, the Cayman Islands, Peru, China, Singapore, Cambodia, and Vietnam in 2009 where he witnessed the changes that had taken place since his service there in 1966. His pilot's license and SCUBA certification helped him explore the world that so fascinated him. He was also an avid reader and author, a wine enthusiast and enjoyed creating stained glass in his spare time. Dr. Hughes always had a ready smile and a positive outlook on life. Lynn was a Christian who loved the Lord and dedicated his life to church and community. For over 20 years he volunteered with week-long medical missions in the Dominican Republic, performing surgeries at a Mennonite hospital in the mountain region. He demonstrated his passion to better serve his patients in both the Concord area and abroad by fluently learning Spanish. In 2008, he was honored by his alma mater Oklahoma Baptist University's prestigious "Profile in Excellence Award." Dedicated to the Concord community, he was an active volunteer in numerous school, civic, professional, and religious groups. Notably he and his wife were very passionate about the works of CVAN. Dr Hughes was Chairman of the Piedmont Area Mental Health Board, where he was named its outstanding board member, citing his success in improving the relationships between the mental health center and the medical community and his assistance in the recruitment of psychiatrists. He received the Concord Tribune "Good Guy" of Cabarrus County Award for being a caring and responsive physician; he was a volunteer with the Cabarrus County Schools; and was named the Christian Layperson of the Year at the 20th Annual Lions Club Awards. Dr. Hughes led the Board of Directors of the Cabarrus County Help Line; acted as a lay minister at several Concord area churches for over 30 years. He was a member of the Concord Zoning Board; was on the Board of the Cold Water Volunteer Fire Department; and was an active member in the Lost Chord Club of Concord. Dr. Hughes was devoted to his family and his legacy of caring and love will go forward in those he leaves behind. He will be dearly missed and his compassionate spirit will live on in the hearts of all that he encountered. He is survived by his devoted wife of 26 years Sheila; his daughters Shannon Williams (Chuck) of Raleigh and Heather Griswold (Jack) of Harrisburg; his stepson Keith Barbee (Niki Parrish); his grandchildren: Molly Williams, Mick and Zach Griswold, and Tristan Barbee, Edgar Torres and Angel Martin; his three siblings: Dr. John Hughes (Thompson) of Tucson, Ariz., Janet Clark (David) of Wilmington, Del., and Joe Hughes (Lyn) of Seattle, Washington; his brother and sister-in-law, Bud and Ann Spong of West End, his mother-in-law, Mrs. Ruth Spong of Concord; nine nieces and nephews: Justin Hughes (Wendy), Cole Hughes, Mark Feldman (Alexis), Kara Funk (Daniel), Joshua Hughes, Annie Hughes, Brandon Hughes, Angie Spong and Alex Spong, and ten great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Ross Lindsey Hughes and Hazel Pauline Steph Hughes. The family wishes to thank the staff at The Havens for the love and care they provided Dr. Hughes while he was there. The family is also very thankful for the amazing staff of Hospice & Palliative Care Lake Norman. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Solid Rock International P.O. Box 20867, Indianapolis, IN 46220 in support of Dr. Hughes' medical mission in the Dominican Republic and Hospice & Palliative Care of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith St. Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036. Condolences may be left at www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com Wilkinson Funeral Home is handling arrangements for the Hughes family.

Published in Charlotte Observer on Feb. 19, 2014
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