Carl Hughes Dr. (1934 - 2013)

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Carl Clifford Hughes, PhD

Raleigh - Dr. Carl Hughes departed this life on October 16, 2013, at Rex Hospital a few days after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke. His wife of fifty-one years, Dr. Barbara Ann Hughes, was at his side.

Carl Clifford Hughes was born April 4, 1934 to Clifford and Alma Price Hughes in Hendersonville, NC. He grew up in west Asheville as the youngest of four siblings. He was preceded in death by his mother and father and brother Robert Hughes, all of Asheville.

In addition to his wife, Carl Hughes is survived by his sister Ruth Farmer and brother Alfred Hughes, both of Asheville. He is also survived by nephews John Hughes (Athens, GA), David Hughes (Washington, DC), Michael Hughes (Mt. Holly, NC), and Steven Farmer (High Point), nieces Brenda Farmer (Asheville), Teresa Pennington (Weaverville), and Elizabeth McCoy (Statesville) and several grand nieces and nephews.

Dr. Hughes was a 1952 graduate of Sand Hill High School, Buncombe County. He graduated in 1957 with a degree in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition, he earned degrees from The Ohio State University in mathematics (1966) and from North Carolina State University in Applied Mathematics (1973). He was a member of the ROTC and received an Honorable Discharge as a Reserve Commissioned Officer of the Army Reserve earning the rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Ordinance Corps.

Carl Hughes was a career educator. As a graduate student he taught mathematics at The Ohio State University and at North Carolina State University. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina and he taught for more than 27 years as an Associate Professor at Fayetteville State University, where he also received the Faculty Senate Service Award. Among other honors bestowed on him was a National Science Foundation Scholarship for doctoral studies and for summer study of computer science at Potsdam (NY) University.

Dr. Hughes had many community and personal interests: he was president of the Laurel Hills Homeowners Association, a member of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church where he worshiped and also served as church archivist and as a member of both the personnel committee and the board of deacons. Carl was a founding member of the Grope Group Sunday School class. Prior to his move to North Carolina, he was also a lay leader in churches in Columbus, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky. He was a member of the Democratic Party and expressed deep disappointment with present Congressional affairs.

In 1968 Dr. Hughes and his wife were members of an archaeological expedition at the Old Testament City of Ai in the occupied West Bank of Palestine. Dr. Hughes served as staff architect.

Upon retirement from his academic career, Dr. Hughes built a woodworking shop and moved the contents of his late father's woodworking shop to the Hughes property. He was a Philatelist and Numismatist, and enjoyed playing chess.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 am at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday, November 16th. A reception will be held following the service. His ashes will be placed in the Siler Garden at Pullen Church following the reception.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27605.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St. Raleigh, NC. Condolences may be made through

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times on Oct. 20, 2013
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