Evelyn Hughes

Evelyn Dean Hughes

Monday, June 4th, 1934 - Sunday, July 19th, 2020
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Evelyn Dean Hughes, 86, of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

Born in Macon County, she was the daughter of the late Willard L. Dean and Josephine R. Rogers Dean. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James “Jim” Hughes. Evelyn was an active member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and served on the cemetery committee. She was also very active with the Class of 1953 reunion committee.

She is survived by her daughter, June Huggins Angel and husband Doug of Franklin; sister, Shirley Dean Ray and husband Bill of Charlotte, NC; two grandchildren, Jennifer Anderson (Ryan) and Rodney Chastain (Lance); step granddaughter, Shannon Shuler (Eugene); four great grandchildren, Seth Shuler, Brittany Shuler, Clara Anderson and Sophia Anderson and several nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 pm, Sunday, July 26th at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Rev. Judson Hall and Rev. Charles Stevens will officiate. For the protection of all, masks and social distancing will be required. With these measures in place, everyone is welcome.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Faye Bishop, 73 3rd Street, Franklin, NC 28734 or Hospice House Foundation of WNC, P.O. Box 815, Franklin, NC 28744

Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

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    Sunday, July 26th, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Sunday, July 26th, 2020 6:00pm
    Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery
    28 Lakey Creek Road
    Franklin, NC 28734
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Tracy Janow

Posted at 05:27am
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Dinah Carpenter

Posted at 04:59pm
I have so many memories of Evelyn that it is impossible to share them all. Everyone knew how much fun she was and she never let anything really get the best of her. I love that trait about her! Evelyn and Shirley were almost glued at the hips in their younger years. they were only 14 months apart. One tale Evelyn shared with me was when they borrowed Willard's car to pick up their dates. Not many families had a car in those times for the use of dating, but Willard allowed this. Shirley being the fearful one, always fussed at Evelyn for being late knowing Jo, their mother, would chew them out. Didn't bother Evelyn a bit to be late. Keep in mind that Evelyn never had a driver's license till long after they were required. They both played basketball together at Franklin High School....Shirley the center and Evelyn the guard. They were also cheerleaders. The crowds knew them as the Dean Girls. Another memory was Evelyn's "Birth and Death" calendar. She was always very organized. Everyone laughed about this calendar, but I never missed a birthday card! Evelyn always decorated the tombstones of some close ancestors at Oak Grove Baptist Church. She did this for the church homecoming in May of each year and then the turn of the seasons. At Easter time she always placed colored eggs on Jo's and Willard"s graves and checked back the next day to see if the wildlife had eaten them. We often laughed at my love of graveyards, but we always checked them out because Evelyn knew the location of unusual ones. Now that Evelyn is sleeping there, I will always visit her with a flower and keep in mind that she is in a safe place. Shirley and I will dance on her grave as we danced on on Jo and Willard's about a year ago. Evelyn would expect no less!

Dinah Carpenter
Salisbury, NC

Jackie Conley Wilson

Posted at 08:41am
As I watched Ms. Evelyn's sweet video; I knew exactly who each person was, because I've heard the fun stories. It is a very special blessing to be friends with this loving and precious family. We look forward to hearing and enjoying tales of her exciting adventures. She was full of life and love, beautiful and unique. She will be missed, but we will be with her again. Rest well, our Dear Ms. Evelyn. Love, Jerry and Jackie Wilson

Todd Ray

Posted at 08:47pm
The news of Evelyn's passing has hit me pretty hard. While she was clearly sick and struggling the past year, it is still so very difficult to say goodbye to someone I have loved so dearly my entire life. My Aunt Evelyn has always been one of my favorite people, and my memories of her and our time together are countless. She loved to tell the story about the time that she tried to comfort me as a young boy during a bad thunderstorm, but she got scared and I ended up comforting her! And of course there was the special occasion when her and mom got so tickled about something in the parking lot outside my college graduation ceremony that she peed her pants right there in the parking lot. There are a few other stories that I will not share in this forum, but trust me when I say they are good ones!! But my fondest memory of Aunt Evelyn has to be the many times I would lie awake in bed during one of our visits and listen to her and Uncle Jim sing a duet in harmony during one of their late night pickin' and grinnin' sessions. "We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds" was my personal favorite. Listening to her and Uncle Jim sing was one of the sweetest sounds I have ever heard, and probably ever will. I have always loved visiting the Mountain home, and for many reasons. The beautiful scenery, the fresh air, the history, and the easy way of life. But when I think about it, the thing that I always looked forward to the most was just getting to spend time with my Aunt Evelyn. She had an uncanny ability to bring laughter and joy to any situation, and I am sure she is doing the same in Heaven right now. While it breaks my heart that I can not attend the service on Sunday, I take comfort in the fact that she knew how much I loved her...because I told her every time I saw her. I am happy that Evelyn and Jim are reunited for eternity, and I am quite sure they are singing and dancing right now and making Paradise just a bit more special. Please save me a seat at the party Aunt Evelyn. My family and I love you beyond words and will miss you forever.

Todd Ray
Houston, TX

June Angel Posted at 09:01am

Todd... so beautifully said!

Jane Holland

Posted at 08:48am
Deepest Sympathy for the Family.

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