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Rev. John Hughes, pastor of Welcome Holiness Church of Gray Court, left Hillcrest Hospital for his eternal reward in the early morning hours of Monday, October 16, 2006.

Born in Laurens County, he was a proud attendee of Barksdale Schoolhouse, and in addition to his ministerial work, he was a maintenance man at several Upstate textile plants.

Surviving Rev. Hughes are his daughter, Lawana, and son-in-law, Rob, of Gray Court; his wife, Imogene of Gray Court; two grandsons, Shannon and wife, Dana, of Simpsonville and Travis of Roebuck. Also surviving are three brothers, John W. Hughes of Gray Court, Billy Hughes of Clinton and Don Hughes of Cold Point. Rev. Hughes was also survived by numerous beloved nieces and nephews, as well as several sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.

Rev. Hughes was preceded in death by his mother and father, Maggie Pennington Hughes and Clifton Hughes; two sisters, Helen Hughes and Elizabeth Crowe; and a brother, Albert Hughes.

Fletcher Funeral Service in Fountain Inn will handle the arrangements. Graveside services will be held at 11 in the morning on Tuesday, October 17, 2006, at Cannon Memorial Park. Rev. Shannon D. Wham will officiate. Family members are at their respective homes.

The family also wants to extend its grateful and heartfelt thanks to two very special groups of people. First, thanks to the doctors and nurses of the Hillcrest Hospital ICU who acted with incredible compassion and competence in helping the family members, as well as Rev. Hughes, through this difficult time. Second, a special thanks to all the staff and regular patrons of The Crossroads Express of Greenpond. Their love of Rev. Hughes has never been more obvious than in the wonderful outpouring of compassion and concern expressed for him and his family during his final illness.

Fletcher Funeral Service, Fountain Inn.

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Published in The Greenville News on Oct. 17, 2006.