Born in Cade, Oklahoma, on Sept. 3, 1917, J.V. was the fourth-born son of Mae Booth and Jesse Hughes and was part of a family of ten sons and a daughter.
After living his early years in Cade, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1936 and served in the Lake Murray area as a cook. He was a shipbuilder in Orange, Texas, in 1945; he also worked in the Texas panhandle oilfields, and at various times was a salesman of cars, insurance and furniture.
A dairy in Borger, Texas, in 1949, was his first official economic venture into the cattle business that was his lifelong pleasure; after moving to Durant with his own family in 1960, he never failed to have some beef to feed or fuss over for better than the next four decades.
J.V. became a deacon in the First Presbyterian Church of Durant in January, 2000.
He entered the Masonic Blue Lodge in 1942 and was awarded a perpetual membership in the Little Dixie Shrine Club in May, 2003. He was a 32nd McAlister Scottish Rite and a Life Member of Khiva Temple. He was a member of the Bedowin Shrine Temple. J.V. was often the top fund-raising salesman for the pig roast, receiving recognition "for selling 52 tickets in 2002," and took pride in always being a top money-raiser for the fish fry benefiting the Shriners Children's Hospital.
J.V. was predeceased in 1984 by his first wife Maxine Gipson Hughes. She, too, was from Cade; and they were married 43 years.
Also preceding him in death was their son Kenny.
J.V. never lacked for good friends or domino partners for the 86 years he lived. He and his wife Lota Lloyd Hughes were enjoying traveling to destinations all over the U.S. and abroad since he'd finally retired from feeding cattle.
J.V. is survived by wife Lota of 18 years of Durant, Oklahoma; son Jimmy Hughes and wife Debbie of Edmond, Oklahoma; daughter Inda Jo Burchfiel and husband John of Edmond, Oklahoma; stepson Bill Lloyd and wife Stormi of Grapevine, Texas; granddaughter Ashleigh Burchfiel of Edmond, Oklahoma; stepgrandchildren Kristin McGregor of Fort Worth, Texas; and Billy Lloyd and wife Melanie of Keller, Texas; sister Laverne Johnson of Boswell, Oklahoma; sisters-in-law Geraldine and Quanna of Boswell, Julia of Calera and Betty of Durant; two step great-grandchildren and a family tree of cousins, nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews, all of whom were so proud of J.V. and loved him more than words can express.
Services will be Friday, June 11, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Durant with the Rev. Jan Lees and Dr. Charles Kriner officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery. The family hour will be 7-8 p.m. today at Dalton-Holmes Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Roy Rucker, John Buchanan, Jerry Hoyt, Phil McCarley, Elmer Rogers and Earl Jackson. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Little Dixie Shrine Club.
Should memorial suggestions be desired, the family would appreciate remembrances to First Presbyterian Church of Durant, 501 N. 15th Durant, Oklahoma 74701 or Shriners Childrens Hospital, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, Louisiana 71103.
Condolences to the family may be sent to Dalton-Holmes Funeral Home at email@example.com.
Dalton-Holmes Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.