Mrs. Diana Christine Hughes, age 74, of Axson, Georgia, passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas following an extended illness and courageous battle with cancer over the last several years. Her strong spirit and soft-spoken demeanor will be greatly missed by the many friends, family members, and others who had the pleasure of knowing her over her lifetime.
Mrs. Hughes was born on July 29, 1944, and she attended schools in Atkinson County and Glynn County. She was the eldest of three daughters of Mable Sears. Her grandparents were the late Rev. Herman Yancy Sears & Evelyn James Sears. Mrs. Hughes was a member of Union Hill Congregational Christian Church, where she was married in 1963, and where her grandfather and husband also served as pastor.
Those surviving Mrs. Hughes include her husband of 55 years, Rev. Gene Hughes, of Axson; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Sandra Carter Hughes of Willacoochee; son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Amy Purvis Hughes of Ambrose; four grandchildren, Sarah Hughes, Harrison Hughes, Noah Hughes, and Daniel Hughes; brother and sister-in-law, Yancy and Roz Morris of Birmingham, AL; sister, Louise Shaw of Brunswick; and sister and brother-in-law, Cathy and Morris Browning of Douglas. Several nieces and nephews also survive and will fondly remember “Aunt Chris.”
A familiar face at Citizens Exchange Bank in Pearson for many years, Christine was also a proud and vocal longtime supporter of the Atkinson County High School football program. During the time she lived outside of Atkinson County, Christine worked in the newspaper, banking, and legal fields in Georgia and in Texas.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hughes were held on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Union Hill Congregational Christian Church in Pearson at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Gene Hughes and Rev. Eric Grissino of South Newport Baptist Church officiating. The Eulogy was given by her nephew Shea Browning. Special music included “Beulah Land” and “Shouting Time in Heaven” rendered by cd.
Serving as active pallbearers were: Jeff Hughes, Allen Hughes, Harrison Hughes, Noah Hughes, Shea Browning and Clay Browning.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Mrs. Hughes’ memory to Bethany Hospice (www.bethany-hospice.com).
Relihan Funeral Home of Pearson was in charge of the arrangements.