Mr. Hughes went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Missouri. He was born February 20, 1940 at LaBlanco, Texas the son of Everett Coleman Hughes and Sarah Mogford Hughes. On August 13, 1959, he was married at Big Lake, Texas to the love of his life, Wilma Lee Bertran. They were married fifty-one years. Howard loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and they called him Bobo. He loved gardening and the outdoors. He was a loving father and one of the hardest working men you would ever meet. He was the rock and fortress to his family and will be greatly missed. He loved studying the Bible and talking about the Lord. Mr. Hughes worked in the oil fields in his younger years and was an over the road truck driver until his retirement.
He is survived by four children, Donna McClintock, Sedalia, Missouri, Carolyn Hughes, West Plains, Missouri, Nicki Collins, husband, Keith, Pomona, Missouri and Jodie Lunn, husband, Shane, Willow Springs, Missouri; seven grandchildren, Jamie Taylor, husband, Zac, Kristen Stevenson, fiancé, Colin Barr, Kalee Stevenson, Joshua Lovan, wife, Sara, Jessica Collins, Josie Lunn and Kyle Lunn; eight great-grandchildren, Kylie Taylor, Kassidy Taylor, Malachi Henry, Dakota Due, Wyatt Due, Ryder Hughes Stevenson, Abby Clinton and Jadyn Lovan; three great-great-grandchildren, Lakyn Clinton, Layah Clinton and Roy Clinton; two brothers, Warren Hughes, wife, Verna, Timberon, New Mexico and Dale Hughes, Hobbs, New Mexico; three sisters, Mary Ellen Loob, husband, Pat, Margaret Day and Charlotte Tuck, all of Dallas, Texas; sister-in-law, Rose Hooper, Eunice, New Mexico; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Janet Hughes.
His parents, wife, Wilma Bertran Hughes, granddaughter, Crystal Henry, three brothers, Coleman Hughes, Paul Hughes and Clarence Hughes and two sisters, Evelyn Anderson and Irene Hawkins, preceded him in death.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday, September 29th, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Howell Memorial park Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Child Advocacy Center and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.