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Willie L. Hughes



Visitation with the family:
11:00 a.m.-12 Noon on Saturday, August 2, 2014
Freedom of Worship Outreach Church, 6700 John Bragg Hwy, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Celebration of Life:
12:00 noon on Saturday, August 2, 2014
Freedom of Worship Outreach Church, 6700 John Bragg Hwy, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Service of Committal and Interment:
Following services on Saturday, August 2, 2014
Evergreen Cemetery

Willie Lee Hughes, a native of Rutherford County, was born January 18, 1940. His father, Willie Ben Hughes preceded him in death. His mother, Ida Lee Alexander currently resides at Christian Heights Nursing/Rehab center in Pembroke, Kentucky.

As a young man, he loved sports. He played baseball for several years for his coach, John Willie Smith who became one of his lifelong friends. He also played football and ran track. Someone saw him running around town and encouraged him to go out for track. He was one of the first African Americans to play football at MTSU.

His other passion was singing. His mother says as long as she can remember he sang. As a toddler this would get him in trouble because he always wanted to keep singing even when the preacher was giving the message. He sang in and started many groups over the years. The last group the he started was the New Traveling Stars. This group is still going strong as the New Traveling Stars. He used his love for signing to encourage and keep the young men in his family and neighborhood off the streets and in school.

He loved adventure. That adventurous spirit had him move his family from Murfreesboro to Seattle, Washington. He moved back home to help take care of his mother. His last adventure took him to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, where he spent the last thirteen years of his life. He made many friends there through his work. He contracted his lawn care, cleaning, and painting services too many, including Virginia Place Office Building, Dr. Desai, and Bess Caudle. If you met him in the bank or the grocery store by the time you finished talking to him, you may have set a date for him to come by and do some painting or landscaping for you. His good friend Wally Bryan and he had a saying, "Real men get up early." They often got up early to discuss the work that needed to be done.

Willie Lee departed this world July 26, 2014 at Christian Heights Nursing & Rehab Center in Pembroke, Kentucky.

He is survived by his mother, Ida Lee Alexander; five sons, Darryl Saffo, William Saffo, Bryus Hughes, Antonio Hughes, and Alex Hughes; one daughter, Sheila Saffo; four grandsons; three granddaughters; one great grandson; one great granddaughter; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Scales and Sons Funeral Home

PHONE: (615) 893-1313 - 24 hours a day

314 East State Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37130

P.O. Box 1371
Murfreesboro, TN 37133-1371