MRS. C. M. HUGHES
December 22, 1889-May 23, 1967
Mrs. Elliedee Beazley Hughes, widow of the Reverend Charles Mose Hughes, was born in Shreveport on December 22, 1889.
She began studying music at an early age, and as a piano student showed such remarkable talent that when she had outgrown local teachers she was accepted as a pupil by one of the leading piano teachers in New York. She later studied organ, also in New York.
When she returned to Shreveport she taught privately and served as organist at First Methodist Church. Later she served at Noel Memorial Methodist as both organist and choir director.
She was married to Charles Mose Hughes, who was then headmaster of the Centenary Academy and superintendent of the Sunday School at Noel Memorial Church.
In the years following she shared in her husband’s varied ministry in Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Louisiana. Prior to his retirement in 1946 they served for eight years at Waterproof. During these years of service she often served as pianist or organist and choir director, taking part in the women’s activities in the local churches. In many of these communities she also served as an unpaid director of community choruses or other music groups.
Following Bro. Hughes’ retirement they made their home in Leesville, where, following his death in 1951, she continued to live among the many friends she had made. She was an active member of First Methodist Church, Leesville, and continued to teach piano and organ until failing health necessitated her entering a nursing home in Winnsboro in 1959, where she died on May 23, 1967.
She was buried in Leesville, with the Reverend James E. Christie officiating at her funeral.
Source: Journal Louisiana Conference, 1967; p. 220
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