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James W. Hughes


Loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, J. W. Hughes 85, went home to be with his Lord, Friday morning May 25, 2012 at his home in Benton. Visitation is 2pm-5pm Sunday and after 10am Monday at Scotland Baptist Church in Bentonia, funeral services are 11am Monday at the church with burial in the church cemetery.

J. W. was born in Benton, MS to the late Jim and Ila Cochran Hughes. He attended Benton Schools and was a WWII Army veteran serving overseas in the Philippines. He was a lifelong resident of Yazoo County and a longtime member of Scotland Baptist Church where he served as deacon and song director for over 61 years.

Jay was known to many in his community, always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was employed as a service technician at Sears for many years, as well as farmed and raised cattle.

J. W. loved the Lord and put Him first in his life. He loved the church and his church family, never missing church services unless he was sick. He is now with his Savior whom he dearly loved.

He leaves behind his wife of over 64 years, Emma Creel Hughes; children, Pat Carver (Kirk), Clair Helms (Tom), Rita Napier, Kathy McKeithen (Willie), Shirley Stewart (Rick), BeLinda Sanders (Richard), Mike Hughes (Allison), Pamela Thomas (Kenny); 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, many step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; sisters Maggie Scroggins Griffin and Helen Reyer Cogburn, and many nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by precious grandchildren, Jason Peoples and Emily Helms; great grandson Roger Bryce Bolls, and his siblings Dempsey, Marvin, Harris, Earl and Charlotte Hughes.

In lieu of flowers family ask donations to be made to Scotland Baptist Church Building Fund, 5617 Scotland Rd., Bentonia, MS 39040.

Published in Clarion Ledger on May 27, 2012
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