He served in the National Guard and Army in the early 1950’s where he achieved the rank of Sergeant.
After his discharge from the Army he worked as a maintenance foreman at Baxter Labs until 1987.
He enjoyed farming, raising cows, bailing hay and talking to people.
He and his wife, Billie Ryle Hughes raised three children. He was a deacon at Boyle Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Edwin and Mamie Lee (Starnes) Hughes; his sons Ewel and Andy Hughes; his brothers, Thomas and J. L. Hughes; and his sister, Loyce H. Floyd.
He is survived by his wife, Billie Ryle Hughes; his daughter, Charlett H. Hollomon; his grandchildren, Joseph (Stephanie) Hollomon, Sara Hollomon (Matt) Bayley, Emily Hughes (Daniel) Garcia, Jason (Shannon) Hughes, Amanda Hughes and Carrie Hughes; his daughter-in-laws, Barbara (Ewel) Hughes and Karen (Andy) Hughes.
He is also survived by 7 great grandchildren, Jalen, Hayden and Rowen Hollomon, Reilly and Madden Bayley, and Lillie and Andi Garcia.
He is also survived by his sister Sue H. Strawbridge, and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.