June 17, 1924 ~ March 14, 2008

Born in: Conway, SC,
Resided in: Biltmore Forest, NC

Sidney Auburn Hughes, 83, of Biltmore Forest, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2008 at a local hospital after a period of declining health. Mr. Hughes was born June 17, 1924 in South Carolina. In 1966, he married Anna Kinard Avant of Whiteville, NC, who survives him. He was a son of the late Daniel Emory and Margaret James Hughes. He is also survived by a daughter, Margaret McLean, her husband, Jimmy Williamson and their children, Sarah Auburn and Kenneth McLean, of Athens, GA; a son, Clay Kinard and his wife Katrina and their children, Anna Claire and Eliza Kinard Hughes, of Mt. Pleasant, SC. He was the youngest of ten children, seven sons and three daughters and is survived by his sister, Mrs. Maggie Herring of Sanford, NC. Mr. Hughes, Senior VP of First Citizens Bank, was a respected executive, having joined First Citizens in 1950 and retiring in 1988. He served in the management capacity in Asheville since 1969. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and a WWII veteran, serving as a first lieutenant with the US Air Force. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, fishing and hunting and was also an avid reader. Mr. Hughes served on many community boards, including the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Inc., the United Way of Asheville, the Asheville chapter of the American Red Cross and was on the board of directors of Thoms Rehabilitation Hospital. He was also the Chairman of the Salvation Army Capital Funds, and served on the Better Business Bureau, the UNCA Foundation and the YMCA. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Asheville and of the Biltmore Forest Country Club. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday, March 17, 2008 at First Presbyterian Church, with a reception following in the Gardner Fellowship Hall. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian. A graveside service will be held in Whiteville, NC at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Brooks Howell Home, 266 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801, where he had been a resident for the past three years, or to First Presbyterian Church, 40 Church Street, Asheville, NC 28801 or to the Lewis Rathbun Wellness Center, 127 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

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  1. We are remembering you and your family at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Verna and Alfred

  2. Anna: Iris joins me is sending to you and your family our deepest sympathy on Sidney’s passimg. We are with you in our thoughts and prayers. JOe Roberson and I had a nice visit with him about 3 weeks ago and we both thought that he was very alert and doinmg as well as could be expected. We will all miss him greatly.

    Best wishes.

  3. Margaret, I was so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Anna, Margaret McLean & Clay,
    I am so sorry to hear about Sidney’s passing. He touched many people and many lives. He was a true mentor to me, not only at First Citizens but as a young person beginning a professional career.

    Although I was unable to make it back to visitation tonight from Charlotte, during the ride home I had the opportunity to share how Sidney touched my life and gave me the opportunity to begin my career in banking with my 14 year old son. Sidney is still touching the lives of those who knew him and those of future generations.

    Please accept my deepest condolences.

    With love and sympathy,
    Bob Roberts

  5. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Love–Tracy and Ashley Wilson

  6. Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking about you. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  With deepest sympathy, Millicent (Stepp) Ray

  7. Maragret, Clay and Mrs. Hughes,
    We just wanted to let you know you are in out thoughts and prayers -. There are many happy memories of your father growing up and wonderful times shared. Sorry we can not make it to the service we are thinking of all of you today. All our Love, Michelle and Dean Hales

  8. Anna,

    I just wanted to express to you my deepest sympathy. I worked for First Citizens in Burnsville from 1976 – 1989. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. I am so sorry for your loss. Your family was such an important part of my life growing up and you are in my thoughts often. You are in my prayers during this difficult time.
    With much love and deepest sympathy,

  10. Anna, Clay and Katrina, and Margaret and Jimmy,

    Rob and I were so sorry to hear about Mr. Hughes’s passing. We have really enjoyed getting to know all of you through the past few years. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

    Rob, Nicole, Margaret, and Harrison Carter

  11. Dear Mrs. Hughes, Margaret, and Clay,

    My father just sent me a copy of Mr. Hughes’ obituary. I hope he is at peace and with time, you will be too. In my mind, I can still see him with his pipe and smoking jacket talking to all of you. My thoughts and Easter prayers include you and him.


    Holly Sunderhaus Fesler


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