Mr. Thomas Samuel Hughes, Sr. 90, aka Mr. Tom, Dad, Papa and Pops was born July 7, 1929. He was the first born of ten children in Beckley, West Virginia to the late Samuel Walter Bell and Louise Hughes.
In the early 50’s Tom moved to Fort Wayne where he met the love of life, Betty Jean Johnson. They were united in marriage on July 8, 1957 for 58 years until her passing in 2016.
Mr. Hughes has been a member of Greater Progressive Baptist Church since the late 60’s, where he was baptized by the late Rev. Jesse White, Sr. and where he served as an usher.
During the late 50’s and early 60’s, Tom played for the first Negro Baseball League with Tom Knox; and, for City Utilities Baseball League. He enjoyed bowling with the “Friending 10,” as well as umpiring and coaching other leagues throughout the city. He loved watching sports especially, Tiger Woods. Pops, loved to cook, spend time with family, attend church and golfing. He could fry up some mean catfish!
Tom was a man of integrity, poise, and character; and he never met a stranger. He took pride in everything he put his hands to do. He was employed at General Motors, Lansing, MI, Fort Wayne City Utilities, Fort Wayne State School and International Harvester. He retired from ITT Technical Institute and Fort Wayne Newspaper. He was well known in the community through his funeral services where he served with kindness. He served with passion at Ellis and Sanders Funeral Home; and, Carmichael Funeral Services where he completed his retirement at the age of 86 years young.
Tom departed this life on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
He leaves to cherish his memories, two daughters, Charlotte Gaines and Lisa “CeeCee” Hughes both of Fort Wayne, IN; two sons, Franklin Powers of Clarksville, TN and Thomas (Charlita) Hughes, Jr. of Victorville, CA; four brothers, Ronald Hughes, William (Ann) Hughes both of Fort Wayne, Donald Hughes of Shreveport, LA and Walter Hughes of Beckley, WV; two sisters, Anna Lovett of Lansing, MI and Kay Moats of Spring Lake, NC; special daughters, Mary Davis and Reene Anderson; special appreciation, Jama Smiley and a host of extended of family and friends.
Burial in Lindenwood Cemetery
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