John L. Hughes Gunnery foreman

October 01, 1990

Services for John L. Hughes, a retired gunnery foreman at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Abingdon.

Mr. Hughes, a resident of Magnolia, died of cancer Saturday at Fallston General Hospital. He was 72.

Born in Baltimore, he was raised in the Baltimore and Harford County area. Mr. Hughes was a member of veterans' organizations and active with the Cokesbury United Methodist Church.

In 1935, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, joining Battery C, 6th Field Horse-Drawn Artillery. He saw action throughout Europe during World War II and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1946.

He subsequently went to work at the ordnance center at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, where he helped test weapons until his retirement in 1972.

His hobbies included wood carving and camping, and he often wrote poems and prayers for his church.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Viola Gunther; a son, State Police Capt. Johnny L. Hughes of Abingdon; a daughter, Jeanne Tourville of Edgewood; two brothers, William Hughes of Magnolia and Lloyd Hughes of Urbanna, Va.; a sister, Linda Polansky of Cooper City, Fla.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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