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Willie Mack Hughes

October 25, 1935 ~ January 7, 2021 (age 85)

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Willie M. Hughes

Asheville, Willie Mack Hughes, age 85, passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at the Asheville VA Medical Center.

A native of McDowell County, Willie was the son of the late Fuce Henry and Lillian Taylor Hughes.  He was also preceded in death by his wife, Rachel Hughes, who passed away in 2005, and two brothers.  Willie proudly served his country in the United States Navy and was an active member of Morningside Baptist Church in Asheville. 

Willie will always be remembered for his vivacious spirit, his special smile, his caring heart, his warm embraces, and his genuine concern for family and friends.  Willie and Rachel Hughes, together, were both loving and caring parents, a true gift from God.  Although hearts are heavy with the loss of Willie, there will be a wonderful reunion in heaven.

Willie is survived by his two daughters, Tammy Lynn Ellison (Danny Watkins), of Asheville and Cindy Sue Hughes (Kyle Murdock), of Charleston, South Carolina; and one son, Johnny Wayne Hughes, and his wife, Joni, of Marion; sister, Doris Morgan, of Marion; three brothers, Bobby Hughes, and his wife, Dottie, of Williston, Florida, Johnny Hughes, and his wife, Carol, of Marion and Ricky Hughes, and his wife, Ann, of Marion; three grandchildren, Whitney Wyatt (Brad), Casey Hughes (Courtney), and Haley Ellison; and four beloved great-grandchildren, Brinley, Harper, Jaxxon and Raelynn.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at the McDowell Memorial Park in Marion, NC with Reverend Earl Jones officiating.  Willie will be lying in repose from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday morning at Morningside Baptist Church, 14 Mineral Springs Rd, Asheville, NC 28805.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Morningside Baptist Church “General Fund” at 14 Mineral Springs Rd. Asheville, NC 28805.

The care of Mr. Hughes has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Candler and an online memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at


January 13, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
14 Mineral Springs Rd.
Asheville, NC 28805

Graveside Service
January 13, 2021

2:00 PM
McDowell Memorial Park
327 Memorial Park Rd.
Marion, NC 28752


Morningside Baptist Church
14 Mineral Springs Rd., Asheville NC 28805

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