John Lewis Hughes

October 29, 2020
John Lewis Hughes

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John Lewis Hughes, 69, raised in Palmyra, Virginia passed on October 29, 2020 in the home that he built and surrounded by his family. John was born on November 19, 1950 to the late James Robert Hughes and Sally Ann Jones.

John is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Patsy Hughes and brother, James Robert Hughes, Jr.

John is forever cherished in memory by his loving wife of 48 years, Brenda Hughes; son, John Lewis Hughes, Jr. (Eleanor Anne); daughter, Patricia “Tricia” (Andrew) Waller, Theresa “Terri” (John) Pritchard, grandchildren, Winifred Campbell, Eleanor Perkins and John Lewis Hughes III, Bryan, Payton and Lillian “Lilly” Waller, Jacob and Evangeline “Evie” Pritchard, a large extended family and many friends.

John was a graduate of Henrico High School and Virginia Commonwealth University. He proudly served the citizens of James City County on the Wetlands Board for 31 years and the Chesapeake Bay Board for 15 years. He was an avid reader and history lover. John enjoyed tracing his ancestral roots and was a proud member of the Jamestowne Society, his descendants having landed at Jamestown in 1611-a short boat ride on Powhatan Creek from the home where he raised his family.

He spent his career in law enforcement, serving the Commonwealth of Virginia as a Special Agent for the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for 41 years.

John was happiest when with his family. He loved watching his grandchildren play, being on his boat and spending time in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

The family welcomes you to come gather under the tree in front of Bucktrout Funeral Home to share memories of John with them between 12-1pm on Monday, November 2, 2020 with a memorial service following at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his name to the Riverside Health System Foundation in recognition of all the health care providers who took such wonderful care of him or donating blood to the American Red Cross.


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  • October 30, 2020
    Philip Disharoon says:
    I will always remember my conversations with John about the hummingbirds at his house. A friend and coworker at ABC (started work the same day in 1976). Rest in peace.

  • October 31, 2020
    Melanie Davis says:
    As former secretary to the Boards, I always admired John's insightful case opinions. I will miss seeing him at our voting location where he volunteered and I really enjoyed helping him select plants or what he called "deer food" at the garden market where I work. He will be fondly remembered. My sincere condolences.

  • October 31, 2020
    Shane and Melinda Rau lit a candle:
    Lit since October 31, 2020 at 10:45:30 PM

  • November 01, 2020
    Pat Holland Stouffer says:
    On behalf of John & Betty Holland and Allen & Edna Griffin, the Fluvanna cousins remember you well and are praying peace be with your family. Rejoice with the Lord in heaven! May it be more magnificent than those sweet summer afternoons of Homecoming worship at Lyles singing hymns. God Bless!

  • November 02, 2020
    S. Zafar Ahsan says:
    John was a gentleman, kind and humble. Always available to help us at family living Institute, managed by Brenda for more than 20 years. For sure will miss him and remember him for his kindness. May God bless his soul and grant strength to the family to deal with the loss.