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Richard Brown Hughes(1935 - 2012)

Richard Brown Hughes

Atlanta, GA

Richard Brown Hughes was born in New Haven, CT on April 21, 1935 and died in Atlanta, GA on November 20, 2012.

He was a graduate of Sewanee University with a masters in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University . Rich married Beth Farris of Montgomery, AL in 1961. Rich served in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged as a Captain. Being a master wordsmith with an immense creative talent, Rich excelled in advertising, working with Henderson Advertising in Greenville, SC and BBDO in Atlanta. An entrepreneur at heart, he also opened agencies in California and Georgia. One of his notable agencies was Tarkenton-Hughes (co-founded with football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton). He was a life-long Christian role model to his family and friends, serving as an elder with 4th Presbyterian (Greenville) and attending Peachtree Presbyterian (Atlanta). Known as "The Rocket" for his explosive golf game, he carried a single-digit handicap as a longtime member of Atlanta Country Club. In 2002, Rich realized a life's dream with the publication of his first novel, the historical thriller Firefly. In 2012, Rich published a revised version of the first book, now called Code Firefly, and its sequel, Coat of Nails -- all while being under hospice care for emphysema. (Both novels are available on Amazon.)

Rich is survived by his wife of 51 years, Beth; daughter, Gwen Hughes Hinton (Mike); grandsons Luke and Damian Hinton; son, Kevin (Andrea); grandsons Jason and Parker Hughes; and his brother, Warren (Betsy).

The memorial service will be held in The Kellett Chapel of Peachtree Presbyterian Church on December 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to The (www.lung.org), 1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.

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Published in The Greenville News from Nov. 27 to Nov. 28, 2012
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