James C. Hughes

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

James C. Hughes, 81, of Neosho, passed away in his home surrounded by all his family on Saturday, November 26, 2016. Mr. Hughes, son of Print and Alma (Wray), was born on January 4, 1935, in Columbus, Ohio, where he was raised and loved spending time at his uncle's farm. In his early years he attended several schools, and graduated from San Bernardino High in San Bernardino, California. Jim served his country proudly, serving in the United States Army. He later attended college where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Husbandry from Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo, California.

Jim met his wife Sharon Sue Moore and was united in marriage on October 25, 1959, in Columbus, Ohio. Subsequently he accepted a job as a chemist for San Bernardino County. Within a few years memories of the farm came flooding back to him and he moved his family to Purdy, Missouri.

Jim had a passion for animals and that is what he based his future and his life on. His desire to own his own dairy farm led to also raising pigs, beef cattle, dogs, and cash crops.

Jim later went on to become an advocate for the pet and agricultural industries, writing editorials in many magazines and a member of many associations. He was the Chief Editor of the Kennel Spotlight Magazine, President of the American Professional Pet Distributors Association, Inc., and a member of the Wheaton Saddle Club and Young Dairy Men's Association. With Jim's love of writing, he wrote two books "Bugle Ann" and "Zero the War Dog" which were published and enjoyed by many.

Jim had a love for Jesus Christ and if he could leave one thing to his family and friends, it would be his faith. He was a member of the Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ in Neosho where he was an elder and was always there to lend a helping hand.

Jim was not a man of many hobbies and together with his wife, decided to contribute to several charities on a regular basis. He enjoyed playing country music and was the co-host of a radio talk show. Jim loved spending time with his family and friends, and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-eight years, Sharon Sue Hughes, of Neosho; two sons, Doug Hughes and his wife Deana, and Bob Hughes and his wife Stephanie, all of Wheaton; one daughter, Trisha Pointer and her husband Henry, of Neosho; eight grandchildren, Chadd Hughes and his girlfriend Mica, Jesika Banta and her husband Shaw, Shayla Stehlik and her husband Eli, Brandon Pointer and his girlfriend Victoria, Andy Pointer and his wife Celina, Jakob Hughes, Colton Pointer, and Kassie Pointer; eight great-grandchildren, Hadley Hughes, Lailah Banta, Haylon Hughes, Remington Stehlik, Preston Pointer, Breanna Pointer, Hensley Hughes, and Beckett Stehlik.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis, and his step-father, Richard "Doc" Cozad.

Memorial contributions may be made to one of Jim's chosen charities: St. Jude Children's Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, or the Fair Haven Children's Home, and entrusted to the White Funeral Home and Crematory, P.O. Box 890, Cassville, MO 65625.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at the Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ in Neosho, with Denny Kruse, Minister, Doug Hughes and Bob Hughes officiating; burial to follow at Muncie Chapel Cemetery in Wheaton. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on November 29th at the Rocketdyne Road Church of Christ in Neosho.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the White Funeral Home and Crematory, Cassville, Missouri.