John was born in Mobile, AL, on April 13, 1971, to Lee and Stephanie (Lee) Hughes. John graduated from McGill-Toolen High School where he was an all-star baseball player. He also received a B.S. in General Accounting from the University of South Alabama. John had a lifelong love of the water. He held the ranks of Divemaster and Open Water SCUBA Instructor. He also had obtained his U.S. Coast Guard Captain’s license. As a successful businessman he traveled extensively but always returned to the place he loved, the Gulf Coast. In the last years of John’s life he wrote multiple books, including a children’s book called “Gumbo the Talking Manatee” and his personal memoir called, “Taming the Mania”. A favorite Bible verse of John’s was from the Epistle to the Romans, “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love.”
John was preceded in death by grandparents: William Lee, William Templar, Herbert “Buddy” Hughes Sr. and Mary Evelyn Hughes; and Uncle: U.S. Navy SEAL, Billy Lee. He is survived by his son: John-Paul “JP” Hughes, of Perdido Key, FL; Parents: Lee Hughes Jr. of Mobile, AL; Stephanie Lee Hughes of Mobile, AL; Brother: David Hughes (Latasha) of Mobile, AL; Nieces and Nephew: Lauren, Elianna and Nicholas “Big Nick” Hughes of Mobile, AL; Grandmother: Margaret Templar; and a host of loving family and friends.
A “get together” to celebrate John’s life will be held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at Pine Crest Funeral Home on Dauphin Island Parkway. Services will follow at 6 p.m. in the Pine Crest Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NAMI or USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital.
At the moment in time that I enter the
realm of the One who made me;
I do not hope for any special kind of glee;
Nor do I really need a heavenly mansion’s key;
My only hope is that I enter the realm of the One who made me;