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Durham - Dorothy Jean Curtis Hughes "Dot" was born in Asheville, North Carolina to Thomas Grant Curtis and Lizzie King Curtis on April 30, 1929. She enjoyed a rich childhood in Asheville and the surrounding mountains. Dot enjoyed playing the piano and writing poetry, and at Lee Edwards High School she discovered a love for acting on the stage, which she continued to pursue at Greensboro College. She earned a degree in Elementary Education at GC in 1951 and moved to Winston-Salem, NC to teach 4th and 5th grades. Upon arriving at her rooming house in Winston, she met her husband of 56 years, I. Harding Hughes, Jr., when he offered to carry her trunk up the stairs to her new home.
Dot and Harding moved to Durham in 1963 when Harding became City Manager there. Through their many years in Durham, Dot dedicated her life to caring for her family, partnering with Harding to lovingly raise their four children, caring for her mother in their home for 10 years and then taking care of Harding during his final years with Parkinson's disease.
A visitation for family & friends will be held Tuesday, January 21st from 4:00 to 6:00pm at Howerton-Bryan Funeral Home at 1005 West Main Street in Durham. The funeral service & reception will be held Wednesday, January 22nd at 2:00pm at Few Chapel at the Croasdaile Village Retirement Community on Croasdaile Farm Parkway in northern Durham, officiating will be Rev. Laurie Hays Coffman and Rev. M. Jonah Kendall. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery
Dot is survived by four children: Jean Hughes of Durham, NC; Thomas Hughes & wife Julia of East Bend, NC; David Hughes of Boone, NC; and Jo Lynn Smith & husband Ronnie of Greenville, NC. She is also survived by two grandsons, Curtis Hughes of East Bend and Patrick Hughes of Raleigh, NC and her nephew, Charles Patterson and wife, Eleanor of Greensboro, NC.
Dot's family would like to express sincere appreciation to Homewatch Caregivers of the Triangle, especially Denise Woody, Jacqueline Denmark and Raquel Pena for their care and friendship during our mother's illness.
Dot passed away on January 17th. She was loved very much by her family & friends and will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers a memorial gift may be made to one of the following: Greensboro College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 815 W. Market St., Greensboro, NC 27401or the Durham Rescue Mission, 507 E. Knox St., Durham NC 27701.
The Hughes family is under the care Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home. Online condolences may be submitted at www.howertonbryan.com, select obituaries.
Howerton & Bryan Funeral Home - Durham
1005 West Main Street Durham, NC 27701
Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Jan. 20, 2014