OBITUARY

James "Jim" Lee Hughes

January 2, 1930July 8, 2021
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James Lee (Jim) Hughes, 91, passed to Heaven on Thursday, July 8, from his home in Greenville. He was surrounded by his bride of 72 years, Opal Mae (Grooms) Hughes and daughters, Beverly and Sue. In addition, the room was filled with more than 15 grandchildren and great-grandchildren, there to honor, serve, and love him.

James grew up in rural Darke County, eldest of eight children, son of the late Irvin and Helen Hughes. In addition to his parents, Jim was also preceded in death by his sons, Gary in infancy and Tony Hughes who passed away in 2014; brother, Ron Hughes; and sister, Judy Hughes.

He graduated from Ansonia High School, president of his class. He married at age 19 to Opal. He lived and worked in Greenville most of his adult life: The Athletic, Corning Glass Works, Greenville City Park, and Eikenberry’s Grocery.

Jim’s hobby was following the high school baseball career of his son Tony and attending other Greenville Green Wave sporting events.

His passion was always his family: Beverly, Sue (Don) Schieltz and Kathy (Jeff) Huffman; son-in-law, Greg (Teddy) Woodall is also left to honor his memory. And Dr. Rick Bowlin became a confidant, showing on-going care and kindness to Jim.

Jim and Opal’s grandchildren are Jeremy (Heidi) Woodall, Ben (Kelly) Woodall, Cami (Jason) Snyder, Pete Woodall and Jamie, Zach (Sarah) Woodall, Wesley (Natalie) Woodall, Nicole (Ryan) Meikle, Sarah (Jay) Bailey, Jennifer (Sean) Whittington, Erin (Jay) Terry, Jalee (Jerry Knaus) Hughes, Lance (Rachael) Hughes. The great grandchildren are: Quinci, Copeland, Isabella, Harrison, Dylan, Owen, Simon, Annabelle (Boo), Lulu Grace (deceased 2010), Phynix, Jozlyn, Solomon, Samuel, Brenden, Nathan, Corbin, Claire, Ophelia, Major, Barron, Lauren, James, Keegan, Kinley, Henley, and Hudson. Jim is also survived by one brother, David Hughes (Carolyn Gerling Toman) and four sisters, Janet (Paul) Stover, Miriam Cain, Sharon Gilbert, and Debby (Bill) Molenaro, as well as their children, grandchildren, numerous nieces, and nephews.

Zechar-Bailey Funeral Home will host Jim’s memorial service on Thursday, July 15: visitation noon-2, service officiated by Jeremy Woodall at 2 P.M. with Jim’s burial at Stelvideo Cemetery immediately following. Memorial donations may be sent to the Darke County Cancer Society, EverHeart Hospice, or the House that Lulu Built (local grief ministry).

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

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Jennifer Whittington

July 15, 2021

We are very sad we could not make it today. I have so many memories of driving to Ohio when I was a little girl and walking in and Grandpa giving me the biggest hug and kiss. He was always so kind and we will miss him very much.

Martha Snyder

July 14, 2021

Condolences to the family on the home going of a wonderful man. I remember his wonderful smile and sweet spirit each time I came in contact with him. He will be sorely missed.

Debby Molinaro

July 12, 2021

My big brother Jim was 19 the year I was born. He was the oldest and I was the youngest, with six siblings between us. We were and are a FAMILY. The strongest statement of this is what Jim said to me on the phone this past Father's Day. Even in hospice, his first thoughts were of family. He greeted me as he always had, "Hi, Sis!" with love and welcome in his voice. But the culminating statement, the one I will remember the rest of my life was his closing remark to me. He said, "If you need ANYTHING, you call me!" There was strength and assurance in his voice. That was my brother. That is the head of a family. That is the mark of a man. He blessed us ALL!

Sharon Gilbert

July 12, 2021

I will love you always. You are the best brother I could have ever asked for. Your kind and loving spirit will live on in all of us who were blessed to be loved by you. Never good bye, but see you later.

Frederick Stoler

July 11, 2021

Dave
Sorry for your loss of your beloved brother Jim. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Jack Stoler
Decatur, Alabama

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