Bill Childs Hughes

Mr.  Bill Childs Hughes, age  85  died, Saturday, September  5,  2020  at  his  home in Hartford, Alabamasurrounded by his family.

Due to the current pandemic, a  graveside service at the Hartford City Cemetery will be held on  Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at  10:00 a.m.  with Reverend  Alex Oberneder and Reverend William Messer  officiating.   Guest are welcomed; however, to be in compliance with the  current regulations, the family asks  that attendees wear a mask and practice social distancing.   Burial  will  follow  with Bottoms Garden Chapel Funeral Home directing.

Bill  graduated from Geneva County High School  in 1953.   He  attended Marion Military Institute  and Auburn University.   He  was  employed with  Sherlock, Smith & Adams, an Architecture-Engineering firm in Montgomery, Alabama  for several years.   He  later  was employed  with the  First National Bank of Hartford  and First Insurance Agency.   He purchased  the First Insurance Agency  and  operated  it  until  2015.     He was also the Manager and part-owner of Hartford Motor Inc. in Hartford, Alabama.  Mr. Hughes  served  as a  Director of the  First National Bank of Hartford  from 1964 until 2019  and was  elected  Director Emeritus  in 2019.  During his association with the First National Bank of Hartford, the bank grew tremendously, due in large part;  to his leadership, direction, and foresight.   Mr. Hughes  was  Manager and Treasurer  of J. A. Hughes Farms, Inc., of which he was a part-owner.   Mr. Hughes was  a Director  of the First Hartford Bancshares, Inc.  from 1964 until 2019  and was  elected  Director Emeritus  in 2019.

Mr. Hughes was a  Mason, a  member  of the Alabama Cattleman’s Association, where he served as  Secretary of the local chapter, the Hartford Lion’s Club and the Geneva County High School Athletic Club.   He was an active member of the Hartford First United Methodist Church,  and had served  many years  as  the Church  Treasurer,  on the  Administrative Board, and was a member of the Men’s Bible Class.   

Bill was an avid sportsman.   He had a great love for fishing, hunting, and Auburn football.

Bill  is preceded in  death by his  wife, Joyce Williams Hughes; grandsons, Brantley Brooks Murdock  and Jesse Benjamin Murdock;  parents, John Albert Hughes, Sr.,  and Lovie Dell Childs Hughes; a brother and sister-in-law, Jessie E. (Gene) Hughes and Betty Rhodes Hughes;  a brother, John A. Hughes, Jr.;  a sister-in-law, Janet Jones Hughes;  brother-in-law, William McNeal;  step-grandson, Matthew Cannon  and  a nephew, John Gregory  (Greg)  Hughes.

Bill  is survived by  his  daughter  and son-in-law,Virginia Dell  Hughes  Murdock and Randall  Vance  Murdock  of Hartford, Alabama;  step-son, Rodney Hamrick of Dothan, Alabama; step-son, Steve Hamrick of Ashford, Alabama; grandson, Parker Hughes Murdock  of Hartford, Alabama;  step-grandson, Phillip Hamrick of Dothan, Alabama;  step-grandson, Daniel Thrasher of  Cottonwood, Alabama;  brother, H. J. (Jack) Hughes  of Hartford, Alabama;  sister-in-law, Opal Nell Hughes of Hartford,  Alabama; sister-in-law, Betty McNeal of Gordon, Alabama,  and numerous nieces, nephews  and  cousins.  

In lieu of flowers, donations  may be made to the Hartford First United Methodist Church, 205 South 3rdAvenue, Hartford, Alabama 36344.

Honorary Pallbearers:   GCHS Class of 1953, Men’s Bible  Class,  and the  Directors, Officers  and Employees of the First National Bank of Hartford.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the kindness shown to Bill during his illness.   A special thank you to Mrs. Joyce Hatcher, Mrs. Gwen Majors, Encompass Health Care and Hospice Nurses.

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