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Agnes V. Hughes

Agnes V. Hughes, 77, of near Cheswold, died of pneumonia Friday in Kent General Hospital.

Her husband, Percy, Sr., died in 1955. She is survived by three stepsons, Nathan, Percy Jr. and James, all of Bridgeton, N.J.; a step-daughter, Bertha Gould of Bridgeton; a brother, Hershel Wright of Millsboro; and a sister, Reba Wright of Millsboro.

Services will be Tuesday at the Torbert Funeral Home, Reed and Bradford streets, Dover; Burial will be in Immanuel Church Cemetery.


Alfonso R. “Phonsie” Hughes ~1919-1997

(Written notes:  June 3, 1997.   Elmira Durham dau of Minous Durham.)

Obituary: Alfonso R. “Phonsie” Hughes, 78, of Vineland died Tuesday in the Jersey Memorial Home in Vineland where he had been a patient for 2½ years. Born  in Philadelphia and raised in Bridgeton, the son of the late Alfonso “Allie” and Dora Pierce Hughes, he was a member of the Class of 1936 at Bridgeton High School.

He retired after 22 years of service with Armstrong/Foster Forbes in Millville. He also had been a manager for the former Gorson and McCormick Fruit and Produce Co., Bridgeton, and worked for Chrysler Motors in Newark, Del. He was a decorated Army veteran of World War II in Europe and was a sergeant. He was one of the few witnesses to the hanging of Mussolini.  He was a member of Shoemaker American Legion Post 95, Bridgeton, and the Theodore Roosevelt American Legion Post 4 in Vineland. He was active in Bridgeton’s Italian second ward district and held an honorary membership in the Italian Civic Social Club. He was a 1997 inductee into the Bridgeton Hall of Fame. He was selected to umpire the 1962 Babe Ruth World Series held in Bridgeton. He was member and past secretary and past president of the Garden State Umpire Association. He was an umpire in the South Jersey and Cumberland sandlot and softball leagues.  He was selected this week to receive the Sportsman’s Corner Award in Bridgeton for his dedication to athletics.

Surviving are his wife, Elmira E. (nee Durham); a daughter, Michelle  Hanby at home; a sister, Dorothy Upshure of Wilmington, Del.; and a brother, Rod of Vineland.

Private services will be Friday in St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Bridgeton. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in ----- (cut off)

Alvin S. Hughes Jr. 1925-2004
8 Jun 2004

Remembrance services for Alvin S. Hughes Jr., 79, of Dover were held Friday, May 28, at Trader Funeral Home, Dover. Mr. Hughes died Monday, May 24, 2004, at Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover. Mr. Hughes was born May 5, 1925, in Edwardsville, son of the late Alvin Sr. and Mabel Kemp Hughes.

After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked as a custodian in the Caesar Rodney School District. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed time with his brothers and friends. Mr. Hughes was a member of Lebanon Wesleyan Church.

He is survived by two brothers and a sister-in-law, Willard and Josette Hughes of Dover and Eugene Hughes of Sandtown; six sisters, Amy Oechesler and Eva Dill, both of Wyoming, Dorothy Hughes of Wilmington, Pauline Tatman of Harrington, Lorretta Poore of Dover and France Hurd of Wyoming; and his caregivers, Mike and Margie Harmon and Martha Scott, all of Dover.

Burial was in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Camden. Letters of condolence may be made at


Charles W. Hughes ~1928-2001
2 July 2001

Charles W. Hughes, age 73, of Hopewell Township, died Friday morning at his home. He had been in declining health for the past year. Born in Pudeka, Ky., he was the son of the late Charles and Clara Harris Hughes and was the husband of Helen Saunders Hughes. He had been a Hopewell Twp. resident for 30 years and prior to that had resided in Salem.

Before his retirement in 1993, Mr. Hughes had been employed with the Chrysler Corp. in Newark, Delaware for 25 years. Previous to that he had worked at Anchor Hocking Glass Company in Salem. Mr. Hughes was a member of the Salem Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

In addition to his wife, survivors include five daughters, Theada Shaw of California, Renea Kinder of Rosenhayn, Kim Ford of California, Toni Slaughter of Salem and Crystal Pierce of Hopewell Twp.; one son, William Derick of Upper Deerfield Twp., 9 grandchildren including his eldest granddaughter, Veronica Pierce of Deerfield Twp. and 11 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Edward Hughes and a granddaughter Felicia Shaw.

Services will be held on Thursday, July 5th at noon, at the Salem Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 152 York Street, Salem. Burial was private at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the Padgett Funeral Home, Upper Deerfield Township.


Clifford S. Hughes

Clifford S. Hughes, 74, of RD 7, Reeves Rd., died in Bridgeton Hospital early this morning after a 10-month illness. He had been hospitalized three days. Born in Salem, Mr. Hughes had lived in this area 26 years. He worked for Sheppard Farms in Cedarville for many yeas and his last employment was with the Aberfoyle plant in Bridgeton. He was an active member of St. John United Methodist Church of Fordville until his illness.

Survivors are his wife, Mary; two daughters, Mrs. Sarah Saunders and Mrs. Margaret Green, both of Bridgeton; four sons, Horace, Bridgeton, Benjamin, Fairton, and Herbert and Howard, both with the U.S. Army at Fort Dix, and also one brother, John Hughes. There are 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren in addition to other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Monday from the Lively Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fordville Memorial Park.


Dora S. Pierce Hughes 1889-1970
Birth: May, 1889; Death: 1970
Contributed by Debbie Pierce via John C. Carter

Mrs. Dora S. Hughes, 81, of 60 Spruce Street, passed away Thursday afternoon at Bridgeton Nursing Home where she had been a patient one week. She had been in failing health four years and seriously ill 15 months.
Mrs. Hughes was born in Alloway, the daughter of the late Harry and Ellen [Ella] Stewart [Steward] Pierce, and was the wife of the late Alfonso L Hughes, who died in 1959. She had lived on Spruce Street 43 years and had been a resident of Bridgeton most of her life.

Prior to her retirement 15 years ago, Mrs. Hughes had been employed as a fitter for the Bonwit-Teller Co. in Philadelphia for 18 years. She was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Hughes is survived by two sons, Alfonso R. Hughes, Vineland, and John R. Hughes of Bridgeton; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy H. Upshur, Fairton; four brothers, Roy Pierce of Camden, Earl Pierce, Pitman, Vernon Pierce, Fairton, and Terrence Pierce of Bridgeton; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

The Rev. Canon E. Thomas Higgons, rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, will conduct the Burial Office and Requiem Eucharist Monday morning at 10:30 at St. Andrew's Church, 186 East Commerce Street. Interment will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Cedarville. Friends may call Sunday evening after 7 o'clock at the Carll & Padgett Funeral Home, 208 East Commerce Street.


Doris P. Pierce Hughes ~1921-2006
20 Nov 2006

Doris P. Pierce Hughes, age 85 of Millville, passed away Friday evening, November 17, 2006 at the South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center, Vineland.   Born in Fairfield Township, she lived in Seabrook and Woodstown for 25 years, before moving to Millville in 1990.

She was a housewife and worked as a cook for the Park and Eat Restaurant in Swedesboro for 15 years.  She was a member of the Chestnut Assembly of God Church of Vineland. She enjoyed sightseeing, reading, listening to Gospel music and playing Bingo.

She is survived by five daughters, Emily Wilson of Millville, Wanda Johnson of Pennsgrove, Anna Mary Echevarria and Tina Hughes of Vineland, and Rita Johnson of Florida; two sons, Bob Hughes of Delaware, and Irving Hughes of Pennsylvania; two brothers, Carl Pierce and Gillton Pierce; three sisters, Elizabeth Edward, Emily Loatman, and Liza Coombs, all of Bridgeton; 14 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by her husband Robert R. Hughes in 2003; one son Tony Hughes; one brother Charles Pierce; and three sisters, Mary Mosley, Madge Durham, and Ernestine Coombs.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 2006 at the CHRISTY FUNERAL HOME, 11 W. Broad Street, Millville

There will be a viewing on Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Written tributes:


Elmira Ellen Hughes 1919-2014

Elmira E. Hughes, 95, of Millville, N.J., passed away Thursday, April 3, 2014 at home with her family by her side. Born in Dover, DE, January 3, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Minous and Eliza E. Durham (Bull) and the wife of the late Alfonso R. Hughes who passed away in 1997.

She had been in failing health for several years and was under hospice care for two months. She grew up in the Dover area but had been an area resident for over 60 years. Elmira was a homemaker and loved to cook and entertain for her family and friends. She especially enjoyed "pop call" visits and holiday family gatherings. Most of all, she cherished her daughter, Michelle, enjoying every minute she spent with her. She also enjoyed her daily talks with her beloved sister, Anna, who died in 2009. All of her nieces, nephews and relatives held a special place in her heart.

Surviving to cherish her memory is her daughter, Michelle L. Hughes, with whom she lived for the past 18 years. In addition, she leaves behind many nieces, nephews and relatives who will miss her kind words and sage advice. Besides her parents and husband she was predeceased by six brothers, Harry, Raymond, Carlton, Ned, William and Norman Durham; and three sisters, Beatrice Mosley, Mary Pritchett and Anna Cuff.

Family and friends are invited to attend the funeral service which will be held from the SRAY-WEBSTER FUNERAL HOME 62 Landis Ave. at Carll's Corner, Upper Deerfield Twp. on Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 3:00 p.m.. Cremation and inurnment of the remains will take place in the Camden County Crematory, Waterford Twp. A viewing will be held on Tuesday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. prior to the services at the funeral home.

Ernest Roland 'Pop Pop' Hughes ~1903-1998

Ernest Roland ''Pop Pop'' Hughes died of heart failure Saturday, May 2, 1998, in Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford. He was 95.  Mr. Hughes was born in Cambridge, Md., son of the late Charles H. and Mamie Slacum Hughes.  He worked as carpenter for DuPont Co., retiring in 1965 after 22 years of  service.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Hannah Bell Bradford Hughes in 1990.  He is survived by two daughters, Marion H. Merrill and her husband Richard of  Seaford, Victoria A. Thompson and her husband Alfred of Seaford; a grandson,  Stephen R. Brock and his wife Sandy of Seaford.

Service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Watson-Yates Funeral Home, Front and King streets, Seaford, where friends may call one hour prior to the service.  Chaplain Richard L. Drummond will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford. Contributions can be made to Laurel Adult Day Care, 113 N. Central Ave., Laurel, DE 19956 or to Seaford Senior Center, Virginia Avenue, Seaford, DE 19973.  


Esther Marie Hughes 1912-2005
22 Aug 2005

Esther Marie Hughes of Dover died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005, in her home. She was 92. Mrs. Hughes was born Oct. 9, 1912, in Cheswold, daughter of the late George W. and Sally Belle Corney Carter.

She loved dancing, cooking for her family and taking care of her grandchildren. Mrs. Hughes was a member of the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Cheswold.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Hughes; a son, Larry D. Hughes; and a daughter, Marjorie Mosley. She is survived by two sons, Zahn Hughes and John Homer Hughes, both of Dover; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Esther Glendora Sammons and Anna and William Newman, all of Dover, Edith Pierce of Bridgeton, N.J. and Charlotte and John Gaines of Cheswold; 28 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Torbert Funeral Chapel, 61 S. Bradford St., Dover, where friends may call one hour earlier. Burial will be in Immanuel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cheswold.


Freda Beckett Hughes

Freda (Beckett) Hughes, 86, of 12 N. Boyd St., Cape May Court House, formerly of Bridgeton, died Wednesday afternoon in Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital, Cape May Court House, where she was a patient for three weeks after being in declining health two years.

Born in and a lifelong resident of Bridgeton, having resided on Coral Avenue for 50 years, she moved 23 years ago to make her home with her son, the Rev. H. Raymond Hughes.

A homemaker most of her life, she worked in her younger years at the former American Store and also for Lang’s florist in Bridgeton.  She was an active member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school and joining the church choir, as well as being a Circle Leader.  She also was a member of the church’s administrative board and belonged to the Pastor Parish and missions committee.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Betty J. Bates of Fairton; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Myrtle Hoffstetter of Shiloh; and two brothers, Melvin Beckett of Bridgeton and Arnold Beckett of Hopewell Township.  She was predeceased by a brother, Joseph Beckett.

Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 424 N. Pearl St., Bridgeton, with the Rev. Wilbert L. Frazer and the Rev. Jay Amey sharing the services.  Interment will be in Laurel Lawn Cemetery, Bridgeton.  Friends will be received 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the church. Contributions may be made to the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Freitag Funeral Home of Bridgeton.


Irving F. “Jim” Hughes Sr. ~1919-1987
(Note by John Cyrus Carter: “My great-aunt Marion’s husband. 5/21/87”)

1.  Obituary:  Irving F. “Jim” Hughes Sr., 68, of RD 4, Lummistown Road died unexpectedly Thursday morning in Bridgeton Hospital where he was taken after suffering a heart attack at his home. He had been in declining health 11 years.

Born in Bridgeton, the son of the late Percy and Adella Pierce Hughes, he was the husband of Marion Reed Hughes.  A lifetime resident of the Fairton area, he had resided at his present address 25 years.  Mr. Hughes worked as an equipment operator at the former Seabrook Farms Co. for 20 years and later took up employment with Dix Brothers Farms until declining health forced him to retire.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Irving F. “Jimmy” Hughes Jr. of Fairton; a daughter, Kathleen A. Hughes of Bridgeton; two brothers, Percy Hughes Jr. of Newport and Robert Hughes of Penns Grove; a sister, Bertha Gould of Bridgeton; and eight grandchildren.  He was predeceased by two brothers, Harold and Nathan Hughes.

Services  will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday from the Carll-Peterson-Ilacqua Funeral home, 208 E. Commerce St., with the Rev.  Francic (sic) E. Champion, pastor of  Fortescue Chapel, officiating.  Interment will be made in Gouldtown  Memorial Park.   Friends will be received one hour prior to the service Sunday at the funeral home.  

2.  Death Notice:  HUGHES — Of RD 4, Lummistown Road, Bridgeton, N.J. suddenly on Thursday, May 21, 1987.  Irving F. “Jim” Hughes Sr., husband of Marion Reed Hughes, father of Irving F. “Jimmy” Hughes Jr. and Kathleen A. Hughes, aged 68 years.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral services without further notice from the Carll-Peterson-Ilacqua Funeral Home, 208 E. Commerce St., on Sunday, May 24 at 3 p.m.  The interment will be made in Gouldtown Memorial Park.  Friends will be received one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.  

3.  Notice of Services Held:  Services for Irving F. “Jim”  Hughes Sr., of Lummistown Road were conducted by the Rev. Francis E. Champion, pastor of the Fortescue Chapel, and the Rev. Roland Coker, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Cheswold, Del., on Saturday afternoon from the Carll-Peterson-Ilacqua Funeral Home.   Interment will made in Gouldtown Memorial Park.  Serving as pallbearers were grandsons Luther Durham, Ricky Durham “and Mark Durham and nephews Robert Reed, Edward Reed and Bert Schroeder and a friend, Abijah Gould.

John Hughes ~1926-2004
26 Jan 2004

John "Rod" Hughes, age 78 of Vineland died unexpectedly on Friday, January 23, 2004. He had been in declining health for the past two years. Born in Philadelphia, the son of the late Alphonso and Dora Pierce Hughes he was the husband of Patricia Mosley Hughes. He had been a Vineland resident for 44 years and prior to that had resided in Bridgeton.

Before his retirement he had been employed as a truck driver with the Tredway Express Company of Hightstown for 44 years. Mr. Hughes was a graduate of the Bridgeton High School Class of 1943.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, H. Elayne Sama of Vineland and Patricia Anne Eschbach and her husband David of Lancaster, Pa.; three sons, Benjamin Leroy Coker, Jr., Terry John Coker and his wife Carol and Jerry Wayne Coker Sr., all of Vineland; two nieces, Judith Upshur of New Castle, Del. and Michelle Hughes of Millville and 9 grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Peter A.L. Hughes, a sister, Dorothy Upshur and a brother, Alphonso Romain Hughes.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 29th at 11:00 am at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 186 East Commerce St., Bridgeton.
Burial will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Cedarville.

Friends will be received on Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the services at the church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions in Mr. Hughes memory be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700, Chicago, Il 60601-7633. Arrangements are under the direction of the PADGETT FUNERAL HOME, Upper Deerfield Twp. Written condolences may be sent to the family at

John Homer Hughes Jr.  1933-2012
16 Feb 2012

John "Sonny" Homer Hughes, Jr., of Dover, departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 at Kent General Hospital. He was 78. He was born Sept. 1, 1933 in Dover, DE. He worked for Dover Product Render Plant for many years, and loved hunting, fishing, rooting on the Phillies, and running dogs with Charles Coker. He attended the Mrs. Tatman Fort Branch School.

Sonny was predeceased by his wife, Mary (Saunders) Hughes; his parents, John Hughes, Sr. & Esther Marie (Carter) Hughes; a brother, Larry D. Hughes, and a sister, Marjorie (Hughes) Mosley.

He leaves to mourn two daughters, Harriett Seeney & her husband Roland, of Bridgeton, N.J.; and Diane Hughes, of Milford; two sons, Larry Hughes, of Dover; and Jerry Hughes, of South Carolina; four sisters, Esther Glendora Sammons of Dover, Anna Mildred Newman & her husband William of Dover; Edith Pierce, of New Jersey; & Charlotte Gaines and her husband John of Cheswold; a brother, Zahn Hughes, of Dover; 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces & nephews.

Graveside Services will be held Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm, at the Fort Branch Cemetery,Dover. The family would like to Thank the staff of Delaware Hospice, andKent General Hospital, for the special care given in their time of need. Letters of condolences can be sent via


John R. Hughes Jr 1935-2007
25 Mar 2007

John R. Hughes Jr. of Dover passed away Tuesday evening, March 20, 2007, in Bayhealth-Kent General Hospital, Dover, after having been in failing health the past several months. He was 72. Mr. Hughes was born in Fairfield Township, N.J., son of the late John R. "Romie" Sr. and Ariana (Gould) Hughes.

He was a 1955 graduate of Bridgeton (N.J.) High School, where he played football. Mr. Hughes and his wife had previously been residents of Fairfield Township, and had lived in the Dover area for the past five years. He was formerly employed with T-FAL in Millville, N.J., as a forklift operator, and had previously worked at Ecko products in Clayton, N.J. In his younger years, he was employed with Martin Dye Corp. and also with Seabrook Farms as security. Mr. Hughes was an avid ham radio operator and was a member of the Vineland Repeaters Group and the Cumberland Radio Club. His call sign was K2UJU.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret L. "Peggy" (Pierce) Hughes; and two sisters and a brother-in-law, Eleanor Thompson of Atlanta, and Rachel and Wayne Green of Fairfield Township, all of whom will cherish his memory.

Funeral services will be private and at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in Gouldtown Cemetery, Fairfield Township. Arrangements by the Sray-Webster Funeral Home, Deerfield Township. Written condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home Web site at <>.

Mary Coombs Hughes 1864-1951
31 Jan 1951
Contributed by Paul Johnson 14 Aug 2003
Note: Daughter of Jacob Coombs & Clara Gould

Mary C. Hughes, wife of the late John C. Hughes, a long time employee of the City Water Department, passed away Tuesday evening at her residence on the Reeves road. She had been a resident of this community for a number of years.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Eunice Pierce, of Gloucester; Mrs. Ethel Mann, Bridgeton; Mrs. Emmaline Young, Salem; and Naomi N. Giles, at home; and three sons, Irving Coombs and Percy and John Romaine Hughes, of this city.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Trinity A.M.E. Church of Gouldtown, the Rev. J. H. Johnson, Jr., officiating. Interment will be in the family plot in Gouldtown Cemetery. Friends are invited to call at the funeral home of Cornelius J. Mack, 182 Vine Street, Friday evening.


Mary D. Hughes 1909-2011  

Mary D. "Southern Wandering Oak" Hughes , 101 of Fairfield Twp. passed away Jun. 10, 2011 surrounded by her loving family on Friday evening June 10, 2011 at her residence in Fairfield Twp., NJ. under Hospice care.  

Born in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania on Dec. 17, 1909, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Blanche (nee Pierce) Driggus and the wife of the late Clifford Hughes, who passed away in 1971.  

Mrs. Hughes moved to this area when she was nine years old and had previously lived in Cedarville, but had been a resident of Fairfield, most of her life. She was a seamstress by trade, and had retired from the former Major Clothing in Bridgeton, after many years of service. Mary had also worked on many farms in the Cedarville area, and was a domestic housekeeper for the April family of Carmel for 30 years. She was the oldest living member of the Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Indian Tribe of Bridgeton, was very proud of her Native ancestry, and enjoyed attending gatherings and PowWows. On her 100th birthday, she was honored by her family and tribal family with a party held at the tribal center, in Fairfield Twp.. She loved sewing, mending and making clothing for her children and grandchildren. She and her late husband also raised chickens, turkeys and ducks. She formerly enjoyed attending the First Church of the Nazarene of Bridgeton, when her health would allow. She was a spirited soul, who will be remembered for her quick wit, and words of wisdom.  

Surviving her are her four children Mary Lou Hughes, Margaret Green Kuff, Herbert Hughes, and Howard Hughes, her sixteen grand children Grace Boardley, Nathan Boardley, Carl Boardley, Michelle Eddings, Daniel Saunders, Wanneta Figueroa, Charles Green, Cornella Pierce, Robert Green, Maria Ernst, Michael Hughes, Howard Hughes Jr., Stephen Hughes, Joshua Hughes, Viola Hughes, and Sherry Hughes, 30 great grandchildren and 19 great great-grandchildren.  

Besides her husband Clifford, she was predeceased by three children Sara Boardley Saunders, Horace Hughes, and Benjamin Hughes, two brothers Clarence Driggus Jr. and Walter Driggus, a sister Cynthia Pierce, and a grandson John Green.   

Visitation Jun. 14, 2011 & Wednesday, Jun. 15, 2011 & service Jun. 15, 2011 at the Sray-Webster Funeral Home, 62 Landis Avenue Bridgeton, NJ 08302, (856) 455-3613,. Interment at Fordville Memorial Park Cemetery. Written condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at


Mary Elmar Saunders Hughes 1929-2011
23 June 2011

Mary E. Saunders Hughes of Dover went home to be with the Lord, on Monday June 20, 2011 in Dover. She was 82.  Mrs. Hughes was born September 18, 1929 in Salem, New Jersey to the late Elmer Saunders and Harriett Gould Saunders.

She and her husband John have lived in Delaware for 58 years, the last 6 ½ Mrs. Hughes has been in the Capital Rehab Center in Dover. She was a homemaker and loved to cook, going to church and reading her bible. Mrs. Hughes enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.

In addition to her family she was preceded in death by daughter, Janet Durham Kelly; brothers, Stanley, Elmer, Herman and Edwards Saunders; sisters, Margaret Pierce and Ida Ridgeway.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, John H. Hughes of Dover; daughters, Harriett Seeney and her husband Roland of Bridgeton, NJ, Diane Hughes of Dover; sons, Norris Durham, Jerry Hughes both of SC, Larry Hughes of Dover; sisters, Deleatha Mosley of Bridgeton, NJ, Pauline Mosley of Atlantic City, NJ, and Joyce Chambers and her husband Leonard of Waco, TX; sixteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon, Saturday June 25, 2011 at the Immanuel Union United Methodist Church, 756 Main Street, Cheswold. Friends may call one hour prior. Interment at the church cemetery.


Nathan F. Hughes

Nathan F. Hughes, 60, of Fairfield Township died Tuesday in the Veterans Hospital in Wilmington, Del.  The son of the late Percy and Adella Pierce Hughes, she was  born in Deerfield Township and had been a resident of Fairfield Township for many years.

He was employed by Thompson Instruction Co. and was a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife Ineza Neal Hughes, four daughters, Bar----- Whyte of  Bridgeton, Dot Pierce of Vineland, and Adella and Ethel Hughes, both of Fairfield Township; four sons, James Whyte of Springfield, Mass., Joseph Whyte and David Hughes, both of Bridgeton
and Eddie Hughes of Fairfield Township; four brothers, Percy, Harold, Jim and Robert Hughes; a sister, Bertha Gould and eight grandchildren.

Services will be held at the Wesley Funeral Home, 17 S. Burlington Road, on Saturday at 1 p.m.  Interment will be made in Gouldtown Memorial Park in Millville.   Friends may call Saturday afternoon one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.  


Robert R. Hughes ~1919-2003
17 Sep 2003

Robert R. Hughes, age 86 of Millville, died Tuesday morning in Bishop McCarthy Residence, Vineland after an extended illness.
Born and raised in Bridgeton, he lived in Woodstown most of his life and recently moved to Millville.

He worked for Agway of Woodstown as a truck driver for 25 years until his retirement. Prior to that, he worked as a farmer for 20 years. He enjoyed working on cars and sightseeing.

He is survived by his wife Doris (Pierce); two sons, Bob of New Jersey, and Irving of Pennsylvania; five daughters, Emily Wilson of Millville, Wanda Johnson of Pennsgrove, Tina Hughes and Anna Mary Echevarria both of Vineland, and Rita Johnson of Ohio; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son Tony.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 7 p.m. in the Christy Funeral Home, 11 W. Broad Street, Millville. There will be a viewing Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to Bishop McCarthy Residence, 1045 E. Chestnut Ave., Vineland, N.J. 08332. Written tributes: "" website.


Sarah E. Hughes 1875-1957                                                                             

In Cheswold, Del. on June 21, 1957, Sarah E. Hughes, age 81 years. Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral services from the Immanuel Union Methodist Church, Cheswold, Del. on Tuesday afternoon June 25, at 2 o'clock. Interment at Fork Branch Cemetary. Friends may call at her late residence on Monday evening from 7 until 9 o'clock. Arrangements by the Howard C. Stevenson Funeral Home, Dover, Del.


Virgie L. Hughes ~1935-2012
11 Jan 2012

Virgie L. Canada Hughes, age 76, a resident ofBridgeton, formerly from Key Rock, WV, passed away on Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2012, at home under the care of her family. Virgie was born in Saulsville, WV, and raised in Key Rock, the only child and daughter of the late CreasieCanada.

She was a long time resident of Bridgeton, and was the wife of the late Benjamin E. Hughes, who was a retiree of Wheaton Glass Company in Millville. When first moving toBridgeton, Virgie worked at Owens Illinois Glass Company until they closed. She then worked for Parties Unlimited and Linens to Go, until her retirement. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Bridgeton, where she taught Sunday School, served as a custodian, was a member of the Ladies Prayer Group, and volunteered at theBridge Compassionate Ministry Center. She loved her church family and always said, "they are truly family to me." Her wish was for all her family to be happy for her, because she has gone to be with Jesus.

She is survived by her son, Michael E. Hughes of Bridgeton; two brothers-in-law, Herb and Howard Hughes, and Nicole Brennan, who Virgie loved as a spiritual daughter, all from Fairfield Twp.; her sister-in-law, Margaret Kuff of Stow Creek Twp.; many cousins, Bettye and Coy McCall of Pisgah Forest, N.C., Bernice and Donald Drain of Upper Lake, Calif., Frances and Carmi Estep, of Oceana W.Va., Billie Mae Cox of Oceana W.Va., Patsy McGuire of Pisgah Forest, N.C., William and Pat Cox, Quinton Va., Sandra and Gayle McKinney, Pineville, W.Va., Sadie Lupton, Fairton, NJ, and Vada Taylor of Matheny, W.Va.; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Friday morning at 11 a.m. Jan. 13, 2012, from theFirst Church of the Nazarene, 350 West Park Drive, Bridgeton, with Pastor Milton Akey officiating. The in terment will follow atFernwood Memorial Park, Hopewell Twp. Friends may call on Thursday evening at the church from 6 to 8 p.m. and also on Friday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the services. Written condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting the funeral home website at Arrangements are under the direction of the Sray-Webster Funeral Home, Upper Deerfield Twp.


William M. Hughes Sr.

William M. Hughes Sr., 72, of Center Grove Road, Millville, died Saturday evening in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Camden, after a brief illness.

He was born in Millville, where he was a lifelong resident. He was a machinist for Diamond International Corp. until his retirement 10 years ago and was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Millville. Mr. Hughes is survived by a son, William M. Hughes Jr. of Millville; a daughter, Janet Periconi of Vineland; a sister, Dorothy Fisher of Millville, and two grandchildren.

Services will be held at the Christy Funeral Home, 1 W. Broad St., Millville. Interment will be made in Greenwood Memorial Park Cemetery, Millville.


William M. Hughes, Jr. 1944-2006

William M. Hughes, Jr., 62, of Millville, died sudden and unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 5, 2006 at his home. Born in Bridgeton, NJ on Jun. 11, 1944, he was the son of the late William M. and Frances (nee Chandler) Hughes, and the husband of Beverly (nee Miller) Hughes. Mr. Hughes had been a Millville resident for the past 60 years.

Mr. Hughes was employed as a driver for UPS for 16 years and worked for Shop Rite of Vineland for 10 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam era, and an avid collector of die cast model cars. He also enjoyed photography.

Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter, Natalie Dawn Montgomery and her husband Christian, of Mays Landing, and his sister, Janet Periconi and her husband John of Vineland, and several nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited to attend a time of reflection and memorial service at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 7:00 PM. Interment will take place at the convenience of the family.


William M. Hughes 1922-1990
Contributed by Henrietta Carey Johnson 19 May 2001

Church program: Funeral Services for William M. Hughes Torbert’s Funeral Home Dover, Delaware Sunday, January 7, 1990 2:00 P.M.

The Pallbearers: William Vernon Street, Jr., Anthony Street, Melvin Street, Gary Hughes, Casey Vinson, Charles Sammons, Jr.

Officiating: Rev. Dr. William H. Ridgway Final Resting Place: Fork Branch Cemetery

Funeral Home program: William M. Hughes 1922 - 1990 Funeral Services Torbert Funeral Chapel Reed at Bradford St. Dover, Delaware Sunday, January 7, 1990 2:00 P.M. Interment Fork Branch Cemetery Dover, Delaware

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