Lillian S. Hughes, 87, of Liberty, passed away peacefully Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Community Skilled Nursing Centre in Warren, under the comforting care of Hospice.
Lillian was born in Albany, Georgia on November 28, 1931 the daughter of the late General and Susie Willis Thompkins and came to Ohio as a child. She was known by her siblings as “Sista.”
A graduate of Harvey High School in Painesville, Lillian furthered her education at Central State University, receiving her bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Later, she earned her master’s degree at The Ohio State University. She taught with the Cleveland School Systems, and retired in 1986 from Youngstown Public Schools.
She was a faithful member of Faith Tabernacle United Holy Church and served as First Lady at Pilgrims Rest and Bethel Temple UHCA. She also served in several offices of the Northwestern District of the UHCA
Lillian was married on December 21, 1957 to Robert C. Hughes Sr. and they were married for 53 years until his death on March 16, 2011.
Fond memories of Lillian will be carried on by her children a son Robert C. (Arbor) Jr. of Youngstown; daughters Bobrea Hughes Robinson of Warren and Barbaran (Samuel Jr.) Caffey of Howland; a sister Willie Mae Horne of Canton; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Besides her parents and her husband, Elder Robert C. Hughes, Lillian was preceded in death by two brothers, General Thompkins Jr., and J.C. Thompkins, and two sisters, Nellie Mae Haynes and Rosie Bell Huffaker.
Family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 15, 2019 at the Beulah Temple Church UHC, 523 Griffith Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44510.
A funeral celebrating the life of Lillian will take place at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the church, with burial to follow in Tod Homestead Cemetery in Youngstown.
The family would like to offer a special “thank-you” and gratitude to Drs. Jagdesh Patel and Vijay Shah, as well as to special care givers Barbara Ann Skinner, Mary Lou Quick, and Michele Duncan, for all the care they gave to Lillian.