16 February 1968
Mrs. Sam W. Hughes, widely-known church and civic leader, and a long-time
resident of Brady, died at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday in Brady Hospital after a
lengthy illness. She was 91.
Born May 30, 1876 in Grimes County, Mrs. Hughes had lived in Brady for the past 64 years. She was a charter member of the Brady Tuesday Club, in which she was active until her death. She served as president of the club half a century ago. She also was a member of the Brady Garden Club, and was a leader in many other beautification and civic projects.
One of the latter of which she was very proud was Memory Lane that leads to Richards Park. It was constructed and beautified as a memorial to servicemen who gave their lives in World War II.
Mrs. Hughes taught a Sunday School class at the First Baptist Church in Brady for a number of years. She had been a member of the church since January 1904.
The former Vernetta Anderson, she was married to Mr. Hughes in Brownwood on De. 30, 1903. He practiced law in Brady for about half a century until his death on Dec. 23, 1952.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday in Wilkerson Memorial Chapel, the Rev. Ray Ash, pastor of the first Baptist Church, conducting, and burial followed in Live Oak Cemetery.
Pallbearers were E. J. Powell, Autry Vinson, Ray Young, S. P. Johnson, Leycester Moore and Burnel Davis.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Willie Anderson Sanderford of Waco, and a number of nieces and nephews.