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April 2, 1920—March 4, 2016 Noah Hughes, 95, of Huntsville, AL, formerly of Crossville, TN, passed away on Friday morning, March 4, 2016, at the Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville. Mr. Hughes was born in the Howard Springs area of Crossville on April 2, 1920, and was the second son of Sarah Ellen “Ella” Turner Hughes and James Madison Hughes, a preacher. Upon attending school in the 1930s in Spencer, TN, he met Mary Pheribol Hutcheson and married her on March 25, 1940. In 1943 he was inducted into WWII and served in Italy as an infantryman. He was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. After the war, he was employed for seven years at a Dayton, OH, factory as a machine repairman. He and his wife then moved to Tennessee to attend Tennessee Polytechnic Institute, where they both received Bachelor’s degrees in education in 1953, and soon after moved to Crossville for employment. He later returned to school to acquire a Master’s of Library Science. He worked as teacher and librarian and retired in 1982 from the Cumberland County School System in Crossville, having also worked several years for the Tennessee Department of Human Services. He resided in the Homestead area of Cumberland County from the mid-1950s until May 2011. He spent his free and retired time actively gardening, tinkering, making artistic or functional items in his workshop, and weaving baskets. He dabbled in sculpture, painting and other folk art. Mr. Hughes was a member of the Crossville Church of Christ. Mr. Hughes is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa J. and Peter A. Liever of Huntsville, and his granddaughters Robin Marissa Liever and Alexandra Cherise Liever of Huntsville. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years, Mary Pheribol Hutcheson Hughes; brothers, James Duwarde Hughes of Nashville, Edwin Kyle Hughes of Crossville, and infant brother Charles Roy Hughes. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at 1 p.m. at Bilbrey Funeral Home with Bro Larry McDuffee officiating. Interment in Spencer City Cemetery with full military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Peter A. Liever, James "Jim" E. Hughes, Chris Tate, John Teeple, Randy Graham, David C. Haston,  Leonard "Red" Turner and David Tate. Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  March 10, 2016
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