James Hughe Obituary, James Hughe Has Passed Away – Death Cause
- Isabella Mia
James Hughe Obituary, Death – Jim Hughes was born on May 24, 1934 at a farmhouse located on Hughes Road to parents Howard and Lorene Hughes. James passed away on January 26, 2023. He went to Madison Junior High School and graduated with the class of 1952 from Huntsville High School. It was at Huntsville High School where he first met the woman who would become the love of his life, Billie Faye Webb, and later married her in 1955. In 1956, he received his degree from Alabama Polytech Institute, which is now known as Auburn University.
While he was a student at Auburn, he was involved in the social fraternity Sigma Nu, the Arnold Air Society, and the P Tau Sigma honors Mechanical Engineering Society. He was a member of the United States Air Force and did his service in the 19th Bomb Wing (SAC). In addition to his role as OPM, AAWS-M, he held positions at Thiokol Chemical Corporation and the United States Army Missile Command’s Shillelagh Project Office, including those of Deputy Project Manager for Viper and Javelin. Following his retirement from the federal service, he went to work for Northrup Grumman, where he remained until his final retirement in 2001.
Jim had a strong sense of civic responsibility and was instrumental in guiding Madison’s expansion. It was under his leadership that the Madison Planning Commission was established. President of the Madison Civitan Club North Division, President of the Madison PTA, and a Trustee of the Madison Junior High School He played a significant role in Madison’s development as a city in respect to its athletic programs. It was several years before his sons were old enough to participate in Little League that he took over as the head coach of the Madison squad. He was the head coach of the Madison YMCA football team when it was initially established. During the time when his sons were growing up in Madison, he coached multiple basketball, baseball, and football teams.
James enjoyed being outside in nature a lot. He had a lot of fun going fishing and hunting with Bill, as well as golfing with Jim. His parents and his wife, Billie Hughes, as well as his brother, Bob G. Hughes, all passed away before he did. He is survived by his two sons, James “Jim” Gordon Hughes Jr. and his wife, Becky, and William “Bill” Howard Hughes and his special friend, Debbie Kirkland; two grandsons, Bill Hughes (Beth Anne) and Jim Hughes; a great-granddaughter, Lexi Hughes; and a special friend, Caroline Williams. James “Jim” Gordon Hughes Jr. is survived by his wife, Becky; William “Bill” Howard Hughes is survived by his special friend Debbie Kirk Viewing will be held at the Laughlin Service Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, January 30, 2023, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and continuing until 12:00 p.m. The funeral service will take place at twelve in the afternoon, with Bob Burton serving as the officiant. The interment will take place in the Madison City Cemetery.