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JOHN RAY HUGHES

John Ray Hughes, 88, formerly of 117 Cleveland Road, Gray, died Thursday, May 5, 2011 in the Franklin Woods Community Hospital.
He was born June 3, 1922 in Spindale, N.C., but had spent most of his life in Gray. Mr. Hughes was a son of the late John and Daisy Tipton Hughes and was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church.
He was a retired truck driver of 40 years with a perfect driving record. He had traveled from coast-to-coast many times over and made many friends along the way. Mr. Hughes was also a lifetime member of the Jericho Shrine Temple and drove the bus transporting children to hospitals.
Among many of his activities after retirement, Mr. Hughes drove a tour bus for 20th Century Coach and spent many countless hours traveling with his friends and playing his guitar.
He was a member of the East Tennessee Swing Strings and cherished the times he was able to play music with his dear friends, especially his Wednesday jam sessions at Trailways Bus Station.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mildred Green Hughes in 2007; a brother, Raymond Hughes and two sisters, Dona Burgess and Ada Hampton.
Survivors include his four daughters: Fran Kegley and husband, Vance of Bristol; Jannie White and husband, Dave, Bristol; Bonnie Lucas and husband, Clet, Bristol; and Raven Martin and husband, Roland of Troutville, Va.; 10 grandchildren: Chris Jones, Michelle Jones, Angie Mays, Sammy White, Lisa Lundberg, Missy Brown, Shannon Morey, Mitch Lucas, Jennifer Pratt and Cody Martin; 15 great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Miranda, Mary Francis, Micaela, Cory, Samantha, Nelson, Brandon, Colin, Kamryn, Paige, Ella and Teagan; a beloved friend, Jerry Anderson; also several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Mr. Hughes was conducted at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 7, with the Rev. Lloyd Jones officiating. Internment was in the Glenwood Cemetery, Bristol, Tenn.
Woodall-Anderson and Dugger Funeral Home was in charge.