Reverend Frank William (Bill) Hughes, 74, of West Ridge Street, Mount Union, went to be with the Lord at 12:10 a.m. Sunday morning, March 21, 2021, at home surrounded by his family.
Born January 16, 1947, in Bradford, he was the son of the late Paul A. and Mary Jane (Johnson) Hughes. He was united in marriage to the late Margaret Alice (Baker) Hughes on June 18, 1966.
Rev. Hughes is survived by three daughters, Kim Werdebaugh and husband Myk, of Mount Union; Kerry Payne and husband Roger, of Rixford; and Kristie Ramsey and husband Rob, of Mount Union; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He found pleasure in spending quality time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by a sister, Paula Stuart of Bradford, and a brother Gary Hughes of Claredon. He was preceded in death by a son, Frankie Hughes.
Rev. Hughes served faithfully as the Fairview Evangelical Church pastor, Three Springs, for 25 years, until 2017, when he retired. During his ministry years, he held leadership positions, both locally and nationally, for the church conference. Pastor Hughes loved the Lord and served Him well. Before his time at Fairview, he served at the Rixford Evangelical Church from 1988-1992. Pastor Hughes was a member of the Lion’s Club and served on the Southern Huntingdon County Medical Center board.
Pastor Hughes was also an avid sports fan and often cheered on the Buffalo Bills and Penn State football whenever he had an opportunity. He was an excellent bowler, achieving two perfect games with a score of 300 and one near-perfect with a score of 299. He served as a track and field coach at the Southern Huntingdon County High School and was respected by all his students.
Pastor Hughes was a 1965 graduate of Bradford High School. He was employed by Kendall Motor Oil until 1984 when he and his wife were called to the ministry and moved from their lifelong home to Circleville, Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Divinity from Circleville Bible College.
Pastor Hughes made friends quickly and was loved by many; therefore, friends may call from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at the Mount Union Wesleyan Church at 609 S. Jefferson Street, Mount Union, PA 17066. A private funeral will be held, at the family’s convenience, and a public memorial service to honor his legacy, will be announced once restrictions have lifted.
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