Perry Edward “Jim” Hughes, 87, of Mt. Perry, rejoined his wife Hattie due to complications of the COVID 19 Virus on Friday, December 18, 2020 at Genesis Hospital in Zanesville with son Jimmy Joe Hughes, daughter Cindy Barrera and grandsons Jason, Jarrod and Josh Barrera at his bedside. God must have decided he couldn’t keep them apart after 67 years of marriage. Hattie probably said to Jim, “Where have you been?”
Born October 19, 1933 in Pataskala, Ohio, he was the son of the late Frank and Olive Scott Hughes. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Hattie Anise Hughes who passed away on December 10, 2020 from COVID 19 complications; a brother, Gene Hughes and special great-grandson, Tate Barrera.
Jim is survived by children, Jimmy Joe Hughes of Rushville and Cindy (Rick) Barrera of Glenford; five grandchildren, Jason (Bethany) Barrera, Jarrod (Kelsi) Barrera, Josh (Baylee) Barrera, Darric Hughes and Heather Hughes, nine great-grandchildren, Brody and Kolie Barrera, Hunter and Aubrey Barrera, Ryan Barrera, Audry, Paige, Ryleigh and Jayden Hughes and there is another one on the way.
Jim was a lifelong member of the Mt. Perry Presbyterian Church, served as a church Trustee and Elder for many years. Jim had the uncanny knack of telling about his real adventures and experiences not only as a child but also in his adult life. Jim could do it all, he was a mechanic, carpenter, welder, electrician and plumber. There was nothing that he could not fix. He was a Madison Township Trustee for 30 years. He retired from the Columbia Cement Plant in Fultonham, then worked for Ridgeview Lumber, then the Perry County Engineers Office. He loved watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren show animals at the Perry County Fair and attended many of their different sporting events. Jim loved tractor pulling and had over 50 years pulling with “Ole’ Rattler”, a 1947 John Deere “G” with his family. Both Hattie and Jim spent many hours on their porches together watching the neighbor’s cows, crops, and the changing scenery of the four seasons. Their love of the Smokey Mountains required many trips in their camper and motorcycle. For all the family gatherings he made the best homemade ice cream and there was never any left. He enjoyed deer hunting on his son’s farm and that is how he became a member of the Ohio Big Buck Club. He leaves us to cherish his memories and wisdom and to know what the word patience means.
Cremation arrangements for the family are being handled by the Bope-Thomas Funeral Home in Somerset. Due to Covid 19, no visitation hours will be observed. A private memorial service for the family will be held at the Mt. Perry Presbyterian Church at a date to be determined with Pastor Thom Burbridge leading the service.
Per the family’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, any monetary contributions in memory of Jim may be made to the Mt. Perry Presbyterian Church, 13099 Church St., Mt. Perry, Ohio 43760.
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