Funeral services for Gwin Horton Hughes, age 91, of Houston, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007, in the Davis-Morris Funeral Home with Bo Shero officiating. Interment will follow in the Jenkins Springs Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 6 until 7 p.m.
Gwin passed away on Saturday, Aug, 25, 2007, in a Houston hospital.
Gwin Horton Hughes was the son of Jesse Carroll Hughes and Amanda Horton Hughes. He was born on Garza Street in San Antonio, Texas, on June 26, 1916. His father worked on the streetcars there and was an electrical engineer, having served in the U.S. Army Cavalry vary during World War I. His mother was a school teacher and in later life had a newspaper column for the Salt Creek community. Gwin graduated from Brownwood High School and attended Howard Payne College. During school, he worked for Western Union delivering telegrams and was known as “Dizzy” because he went so much faster than the other delivery boys. He also worked for the CCC prior to World War II, where he did a stint at Camp Bowie and later worked in the shipyards in Mare Island, Calif. He married Doris Parker Hughes in 1940, celebrated 67 years of marriage. He and Doris traveled the states extensively during his oil exploration days and was an instrument maker/inventor for 30 years for Shell Oil. He wrote a guide for train travel in Mexico and the Yucatan. He and his wife enjoyed recreational travel in their retirement years.
Gwin is survived by his wife, Doris of Houston; a son, Donlee Horton Hughes and wife Kathy of Houston; two daughters, Linda Hughes Croft of Houston, and Janice Hughes Newton and husband W. J. Newton of Amarillo; a granddaughter, Aimee Croft Smitherman and husband Eric of Chula Vista, Calif.; and three grandsons, Daniel Ryan Croft of Houston, Jared Weston Newton of Dallas, and Colton Taylor Newton of Amarillo.
He was preceded in death by a brother Rankin and his parents.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Jenkins Springs Cemetery Association or to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, PO Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210.
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