William E. Hughes Sr.

November 8, 1921October 30, 2018

William Everett Hughes, Sr., age 96, passed away the afternoon of October 30, 2018 at his home in Coppell, TX. He was born November 8, 1921 in Pitkin, LA to Everett Preston Hughes and Maggie Mae Bond Hughes. August 1940 he enlisted in the US Navy in New Orleans, LA and completed boot camp and radio school in San Diego, CA. He was a proud patriot, WWII Veteran and a Pearl Harbor Survivor. His WWII service gave him a front row seat to the beginning of the war in the Pacific Theater. He survived the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 while aboard the USS Utah serving as a radio operator. He was aboard the USS Gasconade in Tokyo Bay, Japan on V-J Day September 2, 1945, when the Japanese Surrender was signed. Post WWII he directed award winning Naval Reserve Units on the campuses of Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA and the University of Sam Houston in Huntsville, TX. November 1, 1962 he retired from the US Navy, as a Master Chief Petty Officer, after 22 ½ years service. In 1962 he joined the FBI in Dallas, TX. He participated in the investigation of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and received an accommodation for his service. He retired in 1984, after 20 years in telecommunications with the Atlantic Richfield Company. Bill attended many USS Utah Survivor Association Reunions, building lifelong friendships with shipmates. He travelled with his family and friends back to Pearl Harbor, HI to attend the 60 th, 65 th and 75th Pearl Harbor Memorial Commemorations. He was a student of history and was honored to speak at several local schools and other engagements about his Pearl Harbor experience; including key note speaker for the Allen TX Veterans Day Memorial and Grand Marshall of the Dallas, TX Veterans Day Parade. March 31, 1943 Bill married Marie Gibson of Pitkin, LA in San Diego, CA and they made their home in San Francisco, CA. They had 2 daughters Dianne and Donna. January 18, 1948 Bill married Herma Reeca Parker in Pine Bluff, AR. Their first home was in Camden, AR on the Naval Base. They lived in Arkansas, Louisiana and in Grand Prairie, TX for 50 years. They had 3 children, Bill Jr. and twins; Beverly and Sherry. They celebrated 65 years of marriage shortly before her passing July 17, 2013. He was baptized in the Methodist Church during a summer revival in Louisiana. In later years, he was a member of Westridge Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, TX. He was a Cub Scout Leader and Sunday School Teacher. Hobbies included HAM Radio Operator, genealogy research and the study of history. He always looked on the bright side of life, loved making new friends and staying active. He will be profoundly missed. Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife Reeca and is survived by his sister, Trudy Hines; children, Dianne Duncan & husband Stephen; Donna Victor & husband Michael; William E. Hughes, Jr.; Twins, Beverly Hughes McMahon & Sherry Hughes; granddaughter, Christina Plummer & husband Greg; grandsons, Joseph Rodgers, Jonathan Rodgers, Michael Connors, Brad Hughes & wife Kristen, and Riley Hughes McMahon; great granddaughter, Renee Rodgers; great grandsons, Kyle Rodgers, Donovan Rodgers, Aidan Connors, Hudson Hughes and Declan Hughes; along with many cherished friends and family.

Memorial service will be held 10:30 am November 7, 2018 at St. Joseph Village Chapel, Coppell TX followed by a 2:00 pm Military Honors Burial at DFW National Cemetery, Dallas, TX


  • Graveside Service Wednesday, November 7, 2018

William E. Hughes Sr.

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Don Richardson

November 7, 2018

Bill Hughes, Sr. was a Master Chief to the U.S. Navy, a Master Husband to his precious wife, Reeca, a Master Father and Grandfather to his beautiful and talented Children and Grandchildren, in whom he was justifiably proud, a Master Patriot to his Beloved Country, and a Master Friend to those of us here at St. Joseph Village.
May God continue to bless Bill's children and grandchildren, and help us live the remainder of our life histories in a manner pleasing to our Precious Lord so that we may be reunited with Bill and our other loved ones again.

Gayland Leddy

November 6, 2018

Master Chief Hughes was always a gracious man who took time to talk to anyone. I could never call him 'Bill' because I spent too much time in the Navy to learn respect for any Master Chief; the highest enlisted rank you can get. At my father-in-laws's funeral and burial, he took time to visit with my two sons and to console my mother-in-law. they were neighbors for years. I did not know that they had a Master Chief living across the street until he had moved away! A Pearl Harbor survivor at that!!
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Master Chief!

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