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August 20, 2013

Randall Douglas Hughes

July 7, 1956 - Aug. 17, 2013

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.”

2 Timothy 4:7

ANDERSON — Saturday, August 17, Randy Hughes, 57, peacefully passed to join the host of family angels awaiting his heavenly arrival, specifically beloved daughter, Cheree, and recently departed sister, Mickey. Randy’s quiet courage, strength and determination served him well during his decade-long journey as a kidney transplant recipient and diabetes patient.

The firstborn son of Douglas and Cona Mae (Harper) Hughes, July 7, 1956, his 6- and 4-year sisters, Vickie and Mickey, were over-the-moon with excitement, pride and love!

Randy graduated from Madison Heights in 1974, worked for Mathews Market, and in November, married his high school sweetheart, Brenda Ferrell. From that day forward, family was Randy’s heart and soul! The little ones came; Cheree, Michelle and Justin, and he gained a second family in Willie and Daffo Ferrell, Grandpa Bedford and Grandma Arngie. There were no in-laws to Randy, just family! Together with Brenda, their home was a constant refuge to many.

Baptized as a teen, Randy and Brenda were members of Madison Park Church of God. Without question, his faith and love of God were the foundation upon which he bore his many challenges.

A member of UAW 663, Randy worked 15 years at Guide Lamp, many of those years as committeeman. He also was a top-notch salesman for Payton-Wells Ford before the adversity of his diabetes began.

At age 11, he began to bowl at Rains Bowling Alley. His passion was inspired by his Dad, and Randy in turn passed that love and skill to his son Justin. He was a 30+ year member of Anderson USBCBA. A close second on his happiness meter was fishing! Then of course came racing…he and his Dad loved NASCAR, but the 34-year ritual of Indy 500 time trials, first weekend, first in line, same identical seats…they were a team! Coached by the Swanson brothers, Dude and David, they shaped Randy into a pretty good Babe Ruth player in the day…but pride knew no bounds when Randy was watching his grandson, Jayden play baseball!

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