HUGHES, Archie Michael of Terrell, born October 5, 1961, passed away April 19, 2007.
Preceded in death by father, Archie Monroe Hughes.
Survived by wife, Debra Hughes; daughter, Brittany Hughes; son, Nicholas Hughes; mother, Linda Hughes; sister, Darlene Strickland & husband, David; two dogs, Dillon & Angel.
I dedicate this memorial webpage to my family and all the friends of my Father. I hope this will help us happily remember my Dad and get through the grief of his passing by sharing memories and sympathy with each other. If you love my Dad, please leave a message and light a candle to let everyone know you care. God Bless!
A TRIBUTE TO MY UNFORGETTABLE FATHER:
I will never forget the call I received at 1:49am on April 19, 2007 from my mother. She told me my Dad past away a little after midnight. Words cannot express the terrible feeling in my heart. See, my Mom has always been such a strong person. I haven’t seen her cry much in my life, so to hear her so upset and crying, it just broke my heart…It is the worst pain I have ever felt. It is hard to see the person in your life who has always been so strong and such a rock, break down. My Dad was diagnosed with lymphoma about a year and a half before he past away, and my Mom was by his side the entire time taking him from hospital to hospital, from treatment to treatment; Constantly on the phone with the insurance company and doctors. She spent most of her time researching my Dad’s illness and treatments along with other stuff. I truly believe that if it was not for my Mother taking care of my Dad and dealing with all the doctors and tests among other things, my Dad would not have made it as long as he did. This gave us an extra year and a half with my Dad, knowing that he could be taken from us soon. So we tried our best to spend every Moment to its’ fullest and love my Dad as much as we could before he left. My Dad never acted afraid, not once, while he had cancer. We were all so scared, but he remained strong because he wanted to protect us and said he didn’t want to make us sad. Even as he lay in the hospital bed in very poor condition, in the days before he died, and he saw my Mom quietly crying, he said: “Why are you crying? I’m ok. Don’t be sad”. He told my Mom numerous times he was so sorry that he was doing this to us and that he didn’t want to be a burden. But a burden was the last thing my Dad could ever be to me and my family. This shows my Dad’s true courage, strength, and protection for his family.
I knew it killed my Dad not to be able to work because he was such a dedicated worker and always had to stay busy. My Dad was the “go to” guy for everything and he was a true giver and never asked for anything in return. Everyone called my Dad if they didn’t know something or needed something because my Dad had so much common sense and wisdom…something many people only wish they had. No books can teach anyone what my Dad knew. Even now I sometimes find myself picking up the phone to call my Dad because I have a question. I will miss his knowledge. My Dad did everything for me. I know he loved me with all his heart. He always said, “You’ll always be my little girl and I will always worry about you. It’s my job to protect you.” I know without a doubt that my brother and I would not be who we are today if we were not raised by my Dad. I learned a lot from him like how to be so independent and that I can do anything I want to if I try hard enough. He always told me how smart I was, but that was ironic to me, because I always thought he was the one who was so smart.
In that last year and a half that my Dad lived with lymphoma cancer, he became very close to God and his family. It touched my heart to see my Dad become so strong with God in him. My Dad was always a strong person, but I saw a difference when he really became one with God. It helped me realize that everything would be ok because my Dad was going to heaven. He also became much more emotional than he ever was. Dad told me, my brother and my mother he loved us at least 3 times a day and said we were going to take a family trip to Hawaii before he passed away. I told him not to talk like that, that he wasn’t going to die because he was too strong of a person. See, my Dad was such a warrior in my eyes that it never really crossed my mind that he would actually die. If I learned one thing from my Dad’s passing, it is this: Never take anyone for granted; tell them how much you love them every day and don’t ever leave them angry or hold a grudge against them, because you never know if it is the last time you will see them. Life is so unpredictable and fragile. Never take your health for granted. I never will again…I appreciate my life more now then ever.
I know my Dad is looking down telling everybody to stop mourning and be happy because he is in no more pain. He always wanted everyone to be happy and was always making us laugh. There are so many memories I have of my Dad that just make me laugh out loud. I’m sure all his friends and family do too. That is just who he was. My Dad’s personality was one of a kind...anybody who knew him would tell you that. I envy his ease of communication sometimes. He could talk to anybody and it seemed like he knew everybody. Nobody who ever met my Dad will ever be able to forget him. We were all lucky to have the time we had with him. He lives on in our memories and in our hearts.
TO MY AMAZING MOTHER & AWESOME BROTHER
You two mean so much more to me than words can describe. I love you two with all my heart! Mom, you are so strong and there is no doubt in my mind that you will get through this, and I will be with you every step of the way. You have handled this very well, proving just how amazing you really are. It hurts me to see you sad because you are my rock. So I will try my best to help you stay happy! Nick, you showed just how courageous you are when you gave such a heartfelt speech at Dad's funeral. We were all so torn up inside, it was so hard to even talk about him...but you showed your true bravery and gave that speech with such composer. I love you Nick. Dad is so proud of you...I know it.
WE LOVE YOU DAD! UNTIL WE SEE YOU IN HEAVEN…REST IN PEACE.