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Buster Hughes

Buster Hughes, 91, of Erwin passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Appalachian Christian Village in Johnson City, TN. Mr. Hughes was born on July 7, 1922 in Sioux, NC, a son of the late Finn and Maude Warrick Hughes. He was a blacksmith for the former Clinchfield Rail Road, and was a member and past deacon at First Christian Church in Erwin. Mr. Hughes was a member of the Erwin Volunteer Fire Department and delivered for Meals on Wheels, he was also a member of the Clinchfield Senior Adult Center, the Rod and Gun Club, and worked with “Tiny” at the Watauga Historical Society. He loved fishing and bowling. Mr. Hughes was a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Navy, and retiring from the Navy Reserve.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Eloise Hughes on September 13, 2013 and brothers Howard and Harry Dean Hughes.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory:
Daughter: Denise Ray and her husband Kenneth of Johnson City;
Son: Dennis Hughes and his wife Joy of Saltville, VA;
Sisters: Nelle Wagner of Erwin;
Mary Louise Holt of Bluff City;
Sister-in-law: Evelyn Hughes of Quincy, IL;
Several nieces, nephews, Step Grandchildren, Step Great Grandchildren, Step Great Great Grandchild.
The family would like to extend their deep appreciation for his last year at Governor’s Bend Assisted Living.

The family requests the honor of your presence as we honor and remember the life of Buster Hughes in a graveside committal service at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, December 6, 2013, at Evergreen Cemetery with Dr. Todd Edmonson officiating. Military graveside honors will be rendered by the Unicoi County Air Force Jr. ROTC Honor Guard. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to:
Watauga Historical Society
119 Garland Cemetery Road
Elizabethton, TN 37643,

Clinchfield Senior Adult Center
220 Union St.
Erwin, Tn 37650,

or Unicoi County Humane Society
185 N. Industrial Dr.
Erwin, TN 37650.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family through our website at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Buster Hughes through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, TN, 423-743-9187.