Mrs. Julia Hughes
THOMSON, Ga. - Mrs. Julia Hughes, 86, beloved wife
of Mr. D.C. Hughes, Jr. for 67 years, died Tuesday, June 22,
2010, at her residence in Thomson.
Mrs. Hughes' funeral was held at 11 a.m.. Friday, June
25, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Thomson.
Prior to the service, the family will receive friends at 10
A.M. in the Atrium of the church. Julia Ellen Hadden
Hughes was born in Avera, Ga. on July 21, 1923 to Ernie
and Sally Hadden. She was the valedictorian of Avera
High School in 1939. She was married to D.C. Hughes
on August 2, 1942. Mrs. Hughes later graduated from
Georgia State College for Women with a Bachelor of
Science degree in Education, and received her Masters and
Reading Specialist degrees from the University of Georgia.
While at UGA, she was an active member of Kappa Delta
Pi, the honor society of Education. Mrs. Hughes was a
gifted educator for 37 years, 21 of those as a classroom
teacher. She then served as the Reading Consultant for
five counties before becoming the Director of Elementary
Instruction in the McDuffie County School system in 1971,
where she remained until her retirement. Mrs. Hughes was
the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in 1981 to study
the school systems of India. She was a founding member
of the local Alpha Theta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an
international honorary organization of women educators.
Mrs. Hughes was an active member of First Baptist Church
Thomson where she taught the Fidelis Sunday School Class
for many years. She was an integral part of the group that
founded the Raysville mission, which is now Raysville
Baptist Church. She also taught reading as part of the Adult
Literacy Program of First Baptist Church.
Other survivors include her son, Carroll Hughes (Linda),
her daughter Kay Williams (Ken), six grandchildren, Matt
Hughes (Jackie), Josh Hughes (Ginger), and Katie Hughes
Anthony (Jeremy), John Williams, Michael Williams
(Caroline), and David Williams; two sisters, Corrie
Hawkins of Huntsville, AL, and Betty Hadden of Gibson,
GA. The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to Mary
Bell, B.J., Elizabeth Lowe, Cheryl Hill, Barbara Moss, and
Lottie Jordan for their devoted care to Mrs. Hughes. Their
genuine love and compassion for her transcended their
If so desired, memorial contributions can be made to the
Alzheimer's Association or to the First Baptist Church.
Curtis Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Web posted on Thursday, July 01, 2010