Wilma Jeanette Coates Hughes

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Wilma Jeanette Coates Hughes, 80, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. A native of Old Fort, NC, Mrs. Hughes was a daughter of the late Edward and Ollie Reese Coates. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson Davis Hughes, Sr., who passed away in 2012, and by many siblings. Mrs. Hughes was a generous woman, helping people with whatever they needed. She will best be remembered for her hugs. Her Christian faith was of the utmost importance to her, and her primary devotion was caring for her husband while he was living, and for her family. Mrs. Hughes is survived by her daughter, Pat Hughes Licata and husband Sam; sons, Jeff Hughes, Jr., Ron Hughes and wife Debbie and Kevin Hughes and wife Sandra; grandchildren, Ryanne, Carl, Erin, Josh, Taylor and Alexandra; great-grandchildren, Brody, Jackson, Thomas, Ayden, Jude, Lila and Abigail; brother, E.J. Coates; sister-in-law, Carolyn Hughes; and her little chihuahua, Levi. A funeral service for Mrs. Hughes will be at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Groce Funeral Home chapel on Patton Ave. with the Rev. Chuck Waldrup officiating. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to that service. Interment will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday in the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made in her name to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, where Mrs. Hughes adopted Levi, P.O. Box 8195, Asheville, NC 28814.

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  1. Our deepest sympathy to the Hughes family for the loss of your mother and grandmother, Wilma. She was a wonderful person, and will be greatly missed. We hope the many happy memories you have of Wilma will provide comfort during this sad time.

  2. Kevin and Family – sending my condolences during this most difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. What a wonderful lady she was. She was Gods angel . We will miss her and her sweet husband. Such prayer partners they were. Now there in heaven with Jesus praying for all of us. Gloria Latocha and family

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