Harry Hughes Obituary, Death – On May 18, 2023, Harry F. Hughes, Jr., who resided in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, passed away at the age of 92. He was the oldest son of Harry F. Hughes, Sr. and (Lillian) Irene Paxton Hughes, and he was born on November 23, 1930 in Uniontown. He was the eldest son. His parents, his brother Donald W. K. Hughes, his brother-in-law Richard J. Fox, and his sisters-in-law Velda Hart Fox and JoAnne Stafford Fox all passed away before him.
He was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Nancy Carol Fox Hughes, whom Harry married in 1960 and with whom he would have celebrated 63 years of marriage in June of 2023, is the only one who will remember Harry after his passing. His three children, of whom he was justifiably quite proud, are also still alive. After graduating from Uniontown Area Senior High School as the top students in their class, all three of them went on to pursue careers in medicine.
His children are Dr. Harry F. Hughes, MD (Wendy Withrow), who practices medicine in Evans, Georgia; Dr. Lisa Beth Hughes, who practices medicine in Westlake, Ohio; and Dr. Jamie L. Hughes, MBA, who practices medicine in Hurricane, West Virginia. Hunter Withrow Hughes, Hayley Scarlett Hughes (Jordan Reynolds), and William Alexander Bolton Tipler are the surviving grandchildren. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his brother-in-law, George W. Fox, and his sister-in-law, Nancy Patterson Hughes (Al Boesenberg).
Harry received his diploma from Uniontown Senior High School in 1948 and, during his last year of high school baseball, he was a part of the Fayette County Championship Baseball Team. Carpentry was his profession, and at the age of 19, he was elected president of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America Local 1010 (1952). Fifty years later, in 2002, he celebrated being a Journeyman Member of the union. He has previous experience working as a superintendent of construction for a number of different construction companies, both residential and commercial. During the time of the Korean War, Harry was conscripted into the Army in the year 1952 and then transferred to a specialized unit of the Air Force (SCARWAF) the following year in 1953. 1954 was the year that marked the end of his time spent serving in the military with Company B, 844th Engineering Battalion.