James Fletcher Hughey

TUSCALOOSA Dr. James F. “Jim” Hughey, age 95, died May 21, 2013, at home. Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 24, 2013, at Christ Episcopal Church, with reception following in the Parish Hall. The Rev. David Meginniss and the Rev. Dr. Catherine Collier will officiate the service. Private family burial will precede the service at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park.

Born May 26, 1917, Dr. Hughey grew up in Martin, Tenn., graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry, and served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Monadnock during World War II, retiring with the rank of Commander. He practiced dentistry in Tuscaloosa for 43 years. He loved Tuscaloosa, his Highlands neighborhood, and the University of Alabama. A sports enthusiast, he was an avid golfer and a loyal supporter of Alabama football and basketball.

Dr. Hughey served as president of the Alabama Dental Society, editor of the Alabama Dental Journal, member of the Ethics Council of the American Dental Association and Fellow of the International College of Dentists. A member of the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club since 1947, he served as president for two terms. He also served as chairman of the founding board of WUAL; chairman of the Fine Arts Society of the University of Alabama; vestry member of Christ Episcopal Church; board member of the Tuscaloosa Symphony, FOCUS, and the Inter-Regional Center, Inc. of Barranquilla, Colombia; and board chairman of Tuscaloosa Emergency Services, where he was a dedicated volunteer in his retirement years.

He championed causes he believed in. As a civic leader, he was personally responsible, in 1951, for making Tuscaloosa the first city in Alabama to have fluoridation of water. He also added dental services to the first Head Start program in Tuscaloosa County. In the late 1960s he worked to ensure equal opportunity in the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club and the Alabama Dental Association.

Family and friends called him “the Music Man.” He loved music, having had a scholarship as a drummer at Murray State University. He played in the Southern Colonels dance band in Martin, Tenn., and the college band at Murray State, where he met his wife Emma Geraldine Hammack. Through the years, he and Jerry were known to be the last couple to leave the dance floor. He enjoyed countless concerts over the years, from James Brown at Foster Auditorium to jazz in Atlanta, Chicago, and Nashville, and of course, Tuscaloosa's own bands, dance combos, and symphony.

He was preceded in death by a son, David Thomas Hughey.

He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Jerry; sons, James Fletcher Hughey Jr. (Jan) of Birmingham and Gregory Rees Hughey (Susan) of Orange, Va.; daughter, Elaine Hughey Smyth (Robert) of Nashville, Tenn.; grandchildren, James Fletcher Hughey III (Lauren), Elizabeth Brantley (Chip), and Morrissey Hughey; great-grandchildren Emma, Fletcher, Campbell, Angus, and Nicholas; devoted family friend, Martha Mack; and loving caregivers, Rose Mary Turner, Maureen Dunn, Rochelle Perkins, Lili Maddox, and Mary Owens.

The family would also like to express its gratitude to Hospice of West Alabama.

Tuscaloosa Rotary Club members are invited to serve as honorary pallbearers at the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, 605 Lurleen Wallace Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401; or to the David Thomas Hughey Memorial Music Scholarship at the University of Alabama, U of A Advancement, Box 870122, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Tuscaloosa News from May 22 to May 23, 2013