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Richard "Billy"  Herndon Hughes, Sr.

Richard "Billy" Herndon Hughes, Sr.
  • March 13, 1938 - February 21, 2017
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • The family will accept flowers or donations may be made in Billy's honor to
  • The R.H. BILLY HUGHES '61 BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP (through The Citadel Brigadier Foundation) Checks payable to THE CITADEL BRIGADIER FOUNDATION
    171 Moultrie Street
    check should indicate the RH Billy Hughes Schlarship
    Charleston, SC 29409

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“Carolyn and children,Our hearts and love are with you as you continue on without Billy. He was a wonderful man and we always enjoyed being with you....Read More »
1 of 49 | Posted by: Janet Cooper-Tanner - SC

“Carolyn & family...I am just learning of Billys passing. I am very saddened to hear this! Sending much love & strength to you and the family. Billy...Read More »
2 of 49 | Posted by: Cindy Buchheit - Ladson, SC

“I was truly surprised when Dad called and told me about Bill. Please know he definitely made a mark on the world and will truly be missed! Thinking...Read More »
3 of 49 | Posted by: Beth Inman Engler - Hanahan, SC

“To the entire Hughes family,I want to extend to all of you my heartfelt condolences for the passing of Mr. "Billy" Hughes. I have known him since...Read More »
4 of 49 | Posted by: Bobby MARION - Charleston, SC

“From the very first time l met Bill, he treated me like he had known me all my life. He will surely be missed ! ”
5 of 49 | Posted by: Harry Mears - Ehrhardt, SC

“Carolyn, was so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. He will truly be missed. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. ”
6 of 49 | Posted by: Joyce and Steve Rucker - SC

“Carolyn, was so sorry to hear of Billy's passing. He will be missed. Our sincere sympathy to you and your family. Joyce and Steve Rucker ”
7 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Did not know him well but I know his wonderful wife Carolyn. I know he was a great man because he and Carolyn raised such as good man Rusty who is my...Read More »
8 of 49 | Posted by: Brenda Cook - Daniel Island, SC

“Carolyn, Saddened to hear of your loss. May the Holy Spirit wrap you and your loved ones in cloak of comfort and sweet memories. Sony and Jo Ann...Read More »
9 of 49 | Posted by: Jo Ann Cofield - Charleston, SD

“Rich, my family extends our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time. May you be comforted by the memory of your dad and...Read More »
10 of 49 | Posted by: Leon Stone - North Charleston, SC

“Carolyn, I was saddened to hear of Billy's passing. What a gentleman he was to Maria and I personally and what a great guy in general. He will be...Read More »
11 of 49 | Posted by: Roger Sample - Charleston, SC

“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult timeLove,The Stalnaker Family ”
12 of 49 | Posted by: Joan Waldroup - Biloxi, MS

“I will never Forget the first time that I met Big Poppi when I became a part of this family. He treated me and loved me like I was one of his own...Read More »
13 of 49 | Posted by: Madison Holmes - Dacula, GA

“Our good friend Billy who loved life & people shared kindness with everyone he met. We have a special smile when we think of him. Thinking of all of...Read More »
14 of 49 | Posted by: Tom Masi - Charleston, SC

“What a tremendous person who loved life and people. Billy and Carolyn have always been special to my family ( Flora P. & Dick Condon) and me. My...Read More »
15 of 49 | Posted by: Nanette Piccirillo - Charleston, SC

“Our heart wouldn't hurt so much if we didn't love him so much! The laughter, words, caring and kindness Billy showed to anyone he came in contact...Read More »
16 of 49 | Posted by: Roy and Mone Jacques - Charleston, SC

“We'll miss you Billy........Our memories of Hunting,fishing,golfing and HH's together will be forever.......Our sympathy to Carolyn and family ”
17 of 49 | Posted by: Billy and Candy Veno - Hanahan, SC

“With sincere sympathy to you and your entire family. ”
18 of 49 | Posted by: Phyllis and guy Salvatore - GA

“Carolynour condolences to you and your family ”
19 of 49 | Posted by: linwood Murrow - N CHARLESTON, SC

“We will always miss Billy Hughes. When you think about personalities he had the biggest. No matter what story he would tell it would always be...Read More »
20 of 49 | Posted by: Patty Richardson - Summerville, SC

“Carolyn, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't help but think of the prayer of St Francis at this time. I hope it's words will give you peace. ...Read More »
21 of 49 | Posted by: Nancy Whitehorn - Charleston, SC

“Carolyn, my prayers are for you and the Hughes family as another member of the 1960 Citadel Champion Baseball Team has gone to join their coach. ...Read More »
22 of 49 | Posted by: Martha Erwin - Charleston

“Carolyn & family,I'm soo sadden to hear of Mr. Billy's passing. May God bless you all and give you strength at this very difficult time. What a sweet...Read More »
23 of 49 | Posted by: Paula Weatherford Dahlke - SC

“Carolyn and family so sad to hear of Billy's passing. He was one of the greatest people I've ever met. Loved working with him on building my home, ...Read More »
24 of 49 | Posted by: Pat Leopold - Charleston, SC

“Carolyn, So sorry for yours and family lost of Billy. I enjoyed my time with all three (3) of the Hughes brothers and their parents.Never thought I...Read More »
25 of 49 | Posted by: Jamey Voight - Goose Creek, SC

“Carolyn, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Billy was a wonderful human being who will be missed by many. We had the distinct...Read More »
26 of 49 | Posted by: Bill and Fran McCartney - SC

“Carolyn and family, we were saddened to hear of Billy's passing. You're in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. Billy lives on in each...Read More »
27 of 49 | Posted by: Jim and April Hanson - Clearwater, FL

“I only saw Billy once many years after we had graduated from Chicora High School, Class of 1957. I'll never the memory and how good he made my feel...Read More »
28 of 49 | Posted by: Lorenzo lll Suggs - Hollywood, SC

“Thinking of you and your family and praying you will be comforted by God's love for you! ”
29 of 49 | Posted by: Susan Dirsh - Chattanooga, TN

“When I heard Billy was gone I was deeply saddened but almost immeadiately all the good memories flooded my senses and overwhelmed the sadness. I know...Read More »
30 of 49 | Posted by: Joe Hogan - Palm coast, FL

“Dear Michael and Family,So very sorry to hear about the death of your Dad. The obituary was wonderful and described a man who lived a beautiful life...Read More »
31 of 49 | Posted by: Tom and Susan Bise - Columbia, SC

“CI, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was a good man and will be remembered...Read More »
32 of 49 | Posted by: Kathy Inman Plaistowe - SC

“Billy was such a good person and touched a lot lives... Thoughts and prayers to his family and he will be sadly missed! ”
33 of 49 | Posted by: Ryan & Jeanne Weekley - SC

“So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ”
34 of 49 | Posted by: William Hunt - Charleston, SC

“Carolyn and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. ”
35 of 49 | Posted by: Trudy Aull Pendergast - SC

“Carolyn and family, Billy was always open and loving toward me. He called me "Blackie" and that made me feel that somehow I was special to him. There...Read More »
36 of 49 | Posted by: Carolyn Cauthen Auvil - Taylors

“Our Thoughts and Prayers for The Family of Billy. We are Blessed to have Shared in The Journey of Life with Him, Building Homes for Others. He will...Read More »
37 of 49 | Posted by: Jenny and Bubba Chinners - SC

“We are so sad to learn that Billy has passed away. Please know that you all are in our thoughts & prayers. Charlie & Mary Jo Rigby ”
38 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Hughes family, so sorry for your loss but what a great tribute to a life well lived. Thinking about you all and sending prayers your way. ”
39 of 49 | Posted by: Rafael Labrador - Columbia, SC

“There aren't words enough to say how much we, the Class of 1961, will miss Billy. He was tireless in his unselfish efforts with the reunions. His...Read More »
40 of 49 | Posted by: David J ohnson - Jax Bch, FL

“I knew Billy through a mutual friend josh baker. He was a good man and I know he will be greatly missed. He did some work for me and my dad at SAS...Read More »
41 of 49 | Posted by: Charlie Howell - Charleston, SC

“Carolyn, my heart goes out to you and your Family. I was immediately flooded with memories of Billy from the years that we worked together. Billy...Read More »
42 of 49 | Posted by: MARIA CAMPBELL - JOHNS ISLAND, SC

“Billy was a "Chicora Class of '57" classmate of mine and an all around nice person. He made a lot of contributions to Charleston and will be greatly...Read More »
43 of 49 | Posted by: Carol Carter Karcher - SC

“Carolyn, We are truly saddened by the loss of a wonderful dear friend. Although, we have grown apart over the pass year, we will always remember the...Read More »
44 of 49 | Posted by: A friend

“Loved Billy. He was a great friend and Bulldog supporter. ”
45 of 49 | Posted by: Joe Thompson - Charleston, SC

“I am sorry to hear of Billy's passing . ”
46 of 49 | Posted by: Chuck Hammond - Charleston, SC

“Carolyn, and Family. Please know that I am thinking of all of you. I was saddened to hear about Billy. My thoughts and prayers are with you at...Read More »
47 of 49 | Posted by: Carol Onorato - North Charleston,, SC

“What a loss. I don't think I ever saw him without a smile. LOTS of prayers for your family. ”
48 of 49 | Posted by: Cary Nadzak - Charleston, SC

“Carolyn, our hearts are so sad. Billy was a wonderful friend.We will miss him greatly.Prayers for peace and comfort for you, Iris, Rusty, Richard...Read More »
49 of 49 | Posted by: Billy and Shirley Altman - SC


Richard "Billy" Herndon Hughes, Sr, 78, of Charleston, South Carolina, husband of Carolyn White Hughes entered into eternal rest Tuesday, February 21, 2017. His Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 in Summerall Chapel, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street at 11:00 a.m. Following the service the Family will receive friends in the Altman Center located at Johnson Hagood Stadium. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL.

Billy was born March 13, 1938 in Columbia, South Carolina, son of the late Howard Fishburne Hughes and Murray Nelson Hughes. He was a Graduate of The Citadel Class of 1961 where he was a 3 year letterman in baseball and was on the 1960 Conference Championship Baseball Team that brought the School's first championship in any major sport. He served on the Board of Directors and VP of The Citadel Brigadier Foundation, Citadel Alumni Advisor to the Board of Visitors on Athletic Policy and Program. A Senior VA and HUD Real Estate Appraiser since 1970, Charter Member of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers and SC Homebuilders Association, Lifetime member of the Charleston Real Estate Board, and a SC home builder for 41 years, previous member of the Hibernian Society, Elks, Exchange Club of Charleston, West Ashley Sertoma, FHA Advisory Board for State of SC, VP of Wachovia Bank and Trust, Mortgage Banker with Carolina National, and past President of the Charleston Touchdown Club.

Billy played competitive baseball and softball and also played semi-pro football for the North Charleston Rebels. He coached numerous youth sports on St. Andrews Playground for 15 years which molded the character of many young men. Billy was an avid outdoorsman including many long days on his boat at Lake Moultrie. He touched the lives of everyone he met.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carolyn Hughes; son, Rusty Hughes (Alicia), daughter, Iris Jolliff (Chuck), daughter, Robin Wallace (Ed), daughter, Kelly Poindexter (Ronald), son, Richard Hughes, Jr.,son, Michael Hughes (Brent); ten grandchildren, Rentz, Haven, Jonathan (Madison), Stephanie (Brandon), Kevin, Ronnie, Hailey, Richie, Maria, Sophia, and two great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Hayden and many friends who are his "Chosen Family".

The family will accept flowers or donations may be made in Billy's honor to The R.H. BILLY HUGHES '61 BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIP (through The Citadel Brigadier Foundation) Checks payable to THE CITADEL BRIGADIER FOUNDATION, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409; the for line of the check should indicate the RH Billy Hughes Scholarship.