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 Zoom.us (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 www.symondsmadison.com.