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Esther Hughes

Death Notice
  • "Donna, I am sorry to hear this news. May God comfort you..."
    - Dawn Fowler

April 19, 1924 - August 19, 2013
Tabor City, NC
Esther Leah McGougan Hughes, age 89 of Tabor City, died Monday, August 19, 2013 in New Hanover House, Wilmington, NC. She was born on April 19, 1924 to Duncan Frank McGougan and Dula Allsbrook McGougan at the McGougan House in Tabor City. She was the last living sibling of 10 children and the widow of Don Hughes.
Esther graduated from Tabor City High School and attended East Carolina Teachers College. She worked most of her early life in Tabor City as a teacher's assistant, bookkeeper for Prince Motor Company and secretary for the Tabor City Chamber of Commerce. Esther never got a driver's license and walked everywhere, as much as 11 miles in a day. She was a member of Tabor City Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter Donna Leah Hughes Sanders (Rod) of Myrtle Beach, SC and her sons John McGougan Hughes (Judy) of Jacksonville, FL and Charles Rockwell Hughes of Seneca, SC; her grandchildren: Donald Sanders, Hughes Sanders, David Hughes, Daniel Hughes and Nora Hughes Blankenship.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 22 at 11:00 AM in Myrtle Green Cemetery, Stake Road, Tabor City. The family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to: Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
A guestbook is available at
A service of Inman Funeral Home of Tabor City.


Published in The Sun News on Aug. 20, 2013
Funeral Home
Inman Funeral Home
300 East 5th Street Tabor City, NC 28463
(910) 653-2104
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