Thomas J McHughes

August 24, 1960July 28, 2020

Mr. Thomas James McHughes, 59, of Benton, LA, took an early flight to Heaven, Monday, July 27, 2020.

A Celebration of Life in his honor will be held within the Hill Crest Memorial Chapel at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 2, with Robin Vosberry officiating. Prior to the service there will be a gathering of family and friends between 12:30 & 2:00 PM, also in the Chapel.

Thomas was born Wednesday, August 24, 1960, out in the West Texas Town of El Paso, to Robert & Josephine McHughes.

After relocating to Haughton, Louisiana, Thomas grew up honing his skills on the mound, as he lettered in Baseball for the Buc's and was also referred to by his coaches as: “One heck of a batter !” Thomas was a proud alumnus of Haughton High’s Class of ’79. That class has remained a very close-knit bunch and Thomas felt like they all just graduated yesterday. He absolutely adored his fellow classmates and considered them his large family of brothers and sisters.

Thomas retained his love of sports and was always the faithful LSU and Saints fan through thick & thin. He also had a passion for horses and a love of his neighborhood track--Louisiana Downs. The funny thing is, all those years at the track, many friends learned over time: “Don’t let Thomas Pick ‘em for ya. He always picks ‘The Nags’ ! “

Mr. McHughes was also a hard worker and was committed to his career and his work family for years at Ryerson Steel Manufacturing, where he was an Operations Supervisor.

Though Mr. McHughes cherished many things and had many blessing to count, what he coveted most, was Lori, Tanner, Taylor, and Jo Jo. He was perfectly happy being at home with his family. His greatest achievements in life, were: marring Lori, September 15, 2001, and that of keeping Lori, for all these years—God Love Him. And for puttin’ up with all of that he deserves a Purple Heart. Lord knows, he sure had a big one!

Mr. McHughes was preceded in death by: father, Robert J. McHughes; mother, Josephine Huber McHughes.

Left to Cherish his memory are: wife of over 19 years, Lori Helen Abraham McHughes; sons, Tanner Goodwin, Taylor Goodwin; siblings: Tommy Jump, Micheal McHughes; Carrie Spradling, Margareta Plank, as well as his very special sister Patricia McHughes; Cousins, Jackie Esley, Vickie Hernandez, Peggy Bartram, Jimmy McHughes; his faithful little furry companion, Jo Jo; and numerous nieces and nephews.

“Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game” ~ Babe Ruth


  • Robert J. McHughes, Father (deceased)
  • Josephine Huber McHughes, Mother (deceased)
  • Lori Helen Abraham McHughes, Wife of over 19 years
  • Tanner Goodwin, Son
  • Taylor Goodwin, Son
  • Tommy Jump, Sibling
  • Michael McHughes, Sibling
  • Carrie Spradling, Sibling
  • Margareta Plank, Sibling
  • Patricia McHughes, Sibling
  • Jackie Esley, Cousin
  • Vickie Hernandez, Cousin
  • Peggy Bartram, Cousin
  • Jimmy McHughes, Cousin
  • Jo Jo, Faithful little furry companion
  • Also left to share memories of Uncle Thomas arenumerous nieces and nephews.

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  • A Gathering of Family and Friends

    Sunday, August 2, 2020

  • A Celebration of Life

    Sunday, August 2, 2020


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have a memory or condolence to add?

Teresa Yosten

August 2, 2020

My sweet friend. My heart aches for you, Tanner, Taylor and your family. God blessed you with a wonderful husband in Thomas. He loved you and your boys dearly. He will be missed so very much. Love you and praying for healing.

Vanessa Keith

August 1, 2020

So sorry for your loss Lori and family . Will keep you in our Prayers . A sweet and gentle man . See you in Heaven our brother in Christ !
Vanessa and John Keith

Elizabeth Tolar

August 1, 2020

My dearest friend, you know my heart is broken for you. I was blessed to witness the love Thomas had for you and the boys. And recently I have been very blessed to witness the love you and your entire family have for him. I’m so thankful to have know him, Lori. Ricky and I love you very much. You are in our hearts.

Tammy Hollis

July 30, 2020

Our hearts go out to you and Tommy’s family. There are just no words.

Deepest Condolences,
Jay & Tammy Hollis


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