OBITUARY

Garnett L. Hughes

February 19, 1935October 18, 2020

Garnett Lewis Hughes, 85, died peacefully October 18 at Friends Homes. Born in Waynesboro, Virginia, Garnett attended the University of Virginia before earning a degree in building construction at Southern Technical Institute (now Kennesaw State University) in Atlanta. After service in the U.S. Army, he spent his career in the architectural metals construction industry in Greensboro. He was a founding partner of Debnam-Hughes and later, co-founder of Hughes Metal Works.

A lifelong supporter of the arts, Garnett served on the Boards of Penland School of Craft, Piedmont Craftsmen, The Weatherspoon Museum of Art, and GreenHill Gallery.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Shepherd Moran; two daughters from his first marriage to Barbara Hughes: Martha Hughes-James and husband, Bryan James, and Sarah Gakeler and partner Doug Brisotti ; a daughter-in-law, Patti Hughes; two stepsons, Kennan DePue and wife, Sandra, and Scott DePue; and seven grandchildren. His son, James Doster Hughes, predeceased him. Also surviving is a sister, Eloise Shell of Pensacola, FL.

Memorial donations can be made to Penland School of Craft, Spruce Pine NC or New Garden Friends Meeting.

New Garden Friends Meeting will host a memorial service via Zoom on Sunday, November 1, at 3 p.m. Friends who wish to participate should email a request to "office@ngfm.org" to receive an invitation and link to the service.

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Susan Larson

October 28, 2020

Dear Donna,

I am so sorry about Garnett's passing. He was a true gentleman and a friend. Garnett's enjoyment of beauty in the arts was inspirational as was his generosity to Penland.

Thank you for the many times you graciously included me in your plans and invited me to join you in your lovely Greensboro home.

Warmly,
Susan Larson

Jody Natalle

October 21, 2020

Dear Donna,

I was so very sorry to see the notice of Garnett's passing in the News & Record yesterday. Although you are in a difficult moment as your grieve, please know that Garnett impressed so many people, including myself, as an elegant and intelligent man who complemented you so very well. Seeing you together at art openings was always a pleasure, so I hope you have many fond memories of him surrounded by color and design. I am sending positive energy to you and your family at this time.

Jody Natalle

Ken Caneva

October 21, 2020

Dear Donna: Please accept my sincere condolences over Garnett's death. Losing a spouse is among the hardest things anyone has to cope with even if the end is a release. Jane always spoke well of Garnett as her long-time landlord. We appreciated his engagement with the arts in Greensboro. Hugs, Ken

beatrice schall

October 20, 2020

Dear Donna and Martha and family,

I want you to know that I’m thinking about you and your family. I have known Garrett for many years through our shared love of the arts, classical music concerts, and more recently through our movie group. I always look forward to seeing Garnett because of his bright smile, his warm greeting , and seeing what wonderful lapel pin he would be wearing that night... always so creative!
Donna and Martha, I want you to know that I’m thinking about you and your family and sending you my love and hopes that time will help heal the pain of your loss.
Love, Beatrice

Sandra Woodard

October 20, 2020

To the dear family of Garnett Hughes,
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working w/Garnett and Debnam- Hughes as a commerical banker WHEN women had just started in that area of banking many years ago.
I was blessed for the kindness, respect and extreme professionalism. He became my mentor; opening further opportunities via referrals, etc; yet his genuine, humble approach will always be cherished by me and many others in the business community and the sharing of such a warm personality.
So to his family, please note that Garnett Hughes left much knowledge and love for us all to reflect, learn on much time to come in the future.
What an extreme blessing!!
Sandy

Nancy Doll

October 20, 2020

Garnett meant a great deal to me personally and through his involvement with the Weatherspoon Art Museum. I have a fond memory of his encouraging me to attend the Quaker Meeting House one evening. It helped me to see where his inner strength and light came from.

Janet Boseovski

October 20, 2020

Donna,

Please accept our deepest condolences to you and your family. We always valued Garnett's wit and warmth at our movie group outings; he will be missed. You are in our thoughts. Janet & Stuart

Monique & Don Lallier & Etherington

October 20, 2020

Dear Donna,
We have fond memories of our movie time with you and Garnett. And when Garnett was coming to our studio to work with Don on books, always a wonderful afternoon. And I remember all his beautiful pins on his jacket showing his great taste and appreciation for the Art.

Sending our love to you

Monique and Don

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