Johnnie Grant Hughes, of Elgin, affectionately known as “Teady,” departed this life on September 26, 2020 at the Rosewood Care Center. Johnnie was born February 14, 1934 in Essex, MO to the late Garfield and Roberta (Sowers) Hughes. (The 1930 census reveals the town’s population count at 578 residents.)

Johnnie attended Sumner High School in Cairo, IL, but left school early and began work as a laborer at the E.L. Bruce Lumber Company in Cairo. He decided to join the U.S. Army on November 5, 1956 and he received his Honorable discharge on November 20, 1957.

Johnnie later met and married the love of his life, Constance (“Connie”) Johnson, on September 26, 1962, a union that yielded 58 years of matrimony. They were blessed with their one and only son, Jeffrey Lynn Hughes.

After the family’s move to Elgin, IL, Johnnie began work, first as a laborer and later as a supervisor, with the Alumax Aluminum Co. in St. Charles, IL.  His next employment was with the Sears Refrigerator & A/C Repair Unit that lasted for 30 years until he retired in 2000.  Throughout those years, he also owned and operated a snow removal business.

He began his church services in his youth with his family at the Old Pleasant Grove Church in the little town of Dogtooth Bend, IL (Roth Crossing), near Miller City, IL.  The church was later relocated to Klondike, IL.  During his recent years, he was a devoted member and Deacon of the Bethesda Church of God in Christ in Elgin, IL, where he formed some meaningful and long lasting friendships. He faithfully served the church continuously until a severe decline in his health.

Loved ones will remember Johnnie as a soft spoken, loving husband, father, and grandpa with a strong faith, and a keen sense of humor.

Johnnie was preceded in death by his parents, Garfield and Roberta Hughes; two sisters, Marlene Hughes and Betty (Cleo) King; and one brother, Preston (Joyce) Hughes.

Johnnie leaves behind to cherish his memories, his wife of 58 years, Constance; their son Jeffrey Lynn (Laura -significant other) Hughes; two sisters; Minnie (Lee) Womack and Dillie Hughes; grandchildren, Jeffrey Delance Hughes, Briana Deshaun Christian, Janiyah Diamond Hughes; great grandchildren, Sadelle Christian and Kinzlee Taylor; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, church family, many friends and other acquaintances.

The family extends a special note of gratitude to Johnnie’s cousin and friend, Jesse (Alfreda) Sowers, Jr., and Connie’s friend, Velma Riley. The family also extends special gratitude to the administrator and staff of the Rosewood Care Center in Elgin, IL.

Visitation will be 10:00a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:00a.m., Thursday, October 8, 2020 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin, IL 60120.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time. Face masks are required to enter the facility.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via (Meeting ID: 988 0470 4940, Password: 814887).

Interment will follow at 2:30 pm at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit

13 Replies to “Johnnie Grant Hughes”

  1. My sincere condolences to entire family. God called home a good man.
    Asking God to continue to cover and give the family peace and understanding in Jesus name 🙏🏾

    1. Sorry for your loss praying for the family

  2. T. Hughes will be missed. He always took time to talk with me no matter what. Love to you all. Velma

  3. Sorry for your loss and me and my family send our deepest condolences to your family. May God bless you and keep you.

  4. I’m blessed to have known Grandpa Teady as I lovingly called him. He was more than a Grandfather to my Children. He loved them so much, and he would go to the end of the earth for them. To me he was a wonderful Father N Love. He was always kind caring and concerned. John Grant Hughes was a Great and Honorable Man. His humility and unwavering strength was second to none. Rest Well Grandpa/Father. We will see you on the other side. 🙏🏽

  5. From your family in St. Louis. our love and sympathy.

  6. Uncle Teady, my fathers brother was a well dressed suave’, gentle soul. He had a wit about himself that displayed his intelligence and wisdom. Uncle Teady was a man with a good and loving heart. He was cool, calm and sophisticated. He will be remembered with much love and respect.. To Aunt Constance, Lynn, and family. My prayers are that God the Father will give you ” beauty for ashes,” the “oil of joy” for mourning, and “the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness”. L love you all. I’m so sorry for our loss.

  7. My condolences to the family. John would always call me “The Boss Lady”. He would say call the “The Boss Lady” to come notarize something for me, she will be here. He knew he was my buddy and I would be there. He will be missed!! We will meet again in heaven….

  8. Sorry for the family loss!! My prayers and condolences are with the family. He definitely will be missed!!

  9. Johnnie had such a gentle soul and so very kind. He always had a winning smile for me when I walked in to care for him and a wonderful sense if humor. You will be sorely missed Johnnie. I send loving, healing prayers for Connie, Lynn and Johnnies whole family for today and always.

  10. Rest in Heaven, Great Uncle Teady.

  11. My condolences to the family. Deacon Hughes will be missed.

  12. I just found out we lost Johnnie💔 I was a volunteer at Rosewood., til 8 months ago. He was a Dear, Sweet Man n my pleasure to know him😍 I have been praying for him n some others that I miss so very much n can not see💔 God Bless you during this sad time. But I will treasure his memory in my Heart❤️💔 Love, Donna Kramer Rosewood volunteer ❌⭕️

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