On Sunday, December 3, 2023, our Lord and Savior called our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend MICHAEL CARLTON HUGHES home from his labor to eternal rest.
Michael was born the eldest child of three on August 17, 1951, to the late James and Evelyn Hughes in Portsmouth, Virginia.
He graduated from I. C. Norcom High School class of 1969. He went on to further his education and obtaining his B.S. degree in 1974 from Norfolk State University. From there he went on to teach. He taught in Portsmouth, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and upon retiring he taught at King’s Fork High School in Suffolk, VA. Not only could you see him in the classroom, he was also at athletic events mentoring and motivating students. Michael never met a stranger. While at King’s Fork High School he liked for things to run smoothly between faculty and the students. Always giving advice whether you wanted it or not. He was given the name ELOM. His lodge brother had given him nicknames as well. “The Mayor of Portsmouth” because he knew everybody in Portsmouth. Michael was a giving person he loved landscaping and the people he served while doing that. Him being on his 0 (zero) turn lawnmower in the summer brought great joy to him.
Michael and his devoted wife Vivian were together for 50 years. To their union was blessed one son, Kerry Sr. (Sharon) and two daughters Michelle (Randy) and Keana. He as a devoted member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church for over 56 years. During this time, he served in the youth choir, usher ministry, boy scouts and a trustee. He loved his church, even throughout his sickness he participated in Sunday school class via zoom. God called him home immediately after his last Sunday school class.
Michael was a active member of Truxton Doric Ionic Lodge #91 for over 36 years. In his own way has been a force for good and a stabilizing influence on those around him, earning the respect and affection of people from all walks of life and all ages. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Michael was predeceased by his father and mother James and Evelyn Hughes and brother Stanley Hughes. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Vivian Hughes, one son Kerry Sr. (Sharon); two daughters Michelle (Randy) and Keana; one Sister, Bridgett Harris; Grandchildren Kelia (Clay III), Kerry Jr. (Skylnn), Ayanna, Keyanna, Stevie, Aaron, Tyra, Corey, LaMari; great grandchild Clay IV and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.