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Harold Hughes

Harold Lester Hughes

Saturday, May 28th, 1949 - Thursday, June 13th, 2019
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Obituary

Harold Lester Hughes, 70, of Salem, Va., went to be with his Lord on Thursday, June 13, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at Salem Health & Rehabilitation Center.

At the age of seventeen months, he was diagnosed with Polio, crippling his legs, which prevented him from having the ability to walk. Harold always had the drive and sincere passion for serving his Lord and Savior. Over the years he has worked for many churches as a minister of music, as well as teaching and preaching the gospel. The First Baptist Church of Newcastle was the last associate pastoral role that he held. He loved his congregation and served them wholeheartedly with a sincere love for each member. Throughout his career, he also taught in private Christian schools, as well as the Roanoke County School system as a substitute teacher. The family thanks God for the rich life Harold had here on this earth, and for a deeply loving family and supportive community who encouraged him along his journey.

Harold is preceded in death by his father, Alva Hughes; and a brother, Jerry Hughes.

Left behind to cherish to his memory is his loving wife of forty years, Becky Hughes; mother, Leohma Hughes; son, Eric Hughes (Monica); daughter, Mary Hughes; brother, Jeffery Hughes; and a sister, Sarah Holland (Robert). Also left behind to cherish his memory are numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins of numbers far too great to name them all.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019, at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home and Crematory in Salem. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in the chapel. A graveside service will also be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 2 p.m. at Sarver Cemetery, 5471 Hall Rd. Catawba, Va.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, June 17th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Monday, June 17th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. John Abbott
  • Interment

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    Sarver's Cemetery
    Address
    5471 Hall Rd.
    Catawba, Virginia
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- Banner, Jr, Holly, Nik and the Moon Rabbit Team

Posted at 04:35pm
With blessings, love and prayers.
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- Banner, Jr, Holly, Nik and the Moon Rabbit Team purchased the Peaceful White Lilies Basket for the family of Harold Hughes.

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Aunt Blanche, Gary, Marilyn, and Perry

Posted at 11:48am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Aunt Blanche, Gary, Marilyn, and Perry purchased flowers for the family of Harold Hughes.

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Margaret Webb, Dawn, Dena, Dori, and Tony

Posted at 10:06am
Harold was a wonderful man and we all have so many memories that we will continue to cherish. Our deepest sympathies to you and the family
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Margaret Webb, Dawn, Dena, Dori, and Tony purchased flowers for the family of Harold Hughes.

Shirley Swan

Posted at 01:20am
So sorry to hear of Harold's passing. He was such a wonderful Christian man. He was such a pleasure to work with when we both taught school at Victory and a wonderful singing voice. He is in heaven now singing with the angels Becky our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Shirley Eddins-Swan

Tony Eddins

Posted at 11:21pm
Becky, So sorry to hear of Harold's passing. He was such a big influence in my life. From being my high school teacher, helping perform our wedding ceremony, singing in Pastor Webb's funeral, to just being one of the best examples of a God fearing Christian man, he helped to shape me into who I am today. At times, he made me laugh, and he made me cry, but he always made me smile. Heaven is just a little sweeter today now that he is home with his Lord. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God wrap His loving arms of comfort around you and help you find the peace that only He can give. Much love and many prayers being sent your way! Love, Tony Eddins
 
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Erma Sue Hutchinson Posted at 08:44am

So sorry for your loss. Harold was a wonderful man. We thought the world of him.I know he is having a great celebration with Jerry and his Dad. Love Sue Hutchinson
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