WAYCROSS — Mr. Larry Keith Hughes of Waycross lost his short battle with cancer Sunday morning, June 19, 2022, at the Satilla Hospice House ultimately winning the war of this earthly life by receiving his heavenly reward!
Rev. Hughes was born January 14, 1942, and reared in Waresboro to the late Leon D. Hughes and Myrtle Anita Jeffords Hughes. After high school, he completed his two years at South Georgia College in Douglas and lettered both years as a baseball catcher. Hughes walked on at the University of Georgia and attended a few baseball practices before being smitten by Mavis. After a short courtship he married her on June 7, 1963. Hughes completed his degree in marketing from UGA in Athens.
He began work out of college while beginning his most important labor in life — his family! After working in management for a few years for Milliken textiles, Hughes heeded the most important call and went into the ministry.
The first 10 years Rev. Hughes grew as a young pastor and moved around Georgia ministering to several communities. In the late 1970s, he and his family were in Columbus, Ga., pastoring servicemen and their families, and helping to start a Ministry to the Military Servicemen’s Center at Fort Benning.
The early 1980s took Rev. Hughes to Oregon as Church of God State Youth and Christian Education Director. He worked with the churches to help them better facilitate teaching scripture.
Next, Rev. Hughes made a move to Anadarko, Okla., for four years working with a diverse population that was known as the capitol for many of the tribes that make up the Native American community on the Plains.
Rev. Hughes then journeyed back to Georgia. In 1986 he and Mavis heeded God’s call to come back to south Georgia and begin Faith Christian Fellowship Ministries.
Through the late 1980s, 1990s, and into the 2000s, Rev. Hughes found himself shepherding those that came through Faith Christian. Also in the 1990s and 2000s he began following the call to short-term missions.
Rev. Hughes traveled to India, England, Bolivia, Ecuador, China and several countries in Europe. Toward the end of his pastoral career, Rev. Hughes brought his passion and call to servicemen full circle by going to Europe for three months as an interim Servicemen Center Director at SHAPE, Belgium, NATO Headquarters.
Rev. Hughes completed his call to be a pastor in 2010 when he retired and began his next chapter where he mentored and worked with people in his community. One of his quotes was, “Pastors retire, but ministers never do.” Rev. Hughes lived this out right up to the end of this earthly life by continuing to use every opportunity, even while in the hospital, to share the Gospel with anyone whofound their way into his room.
Rev. Hughes is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mavis Bowen Hughes; five children: Marcia Smith (Gary), Becky Burton (Phillip), Andrea Hyers (Tom), Christa Larson (Jeff) and Pastor Larry Keith Hughes II (Elizabeth); 11 grandchildren: Blake Smith (Jamye), Nathan Burton (Eva) Megan Smith, Christian Hyers (Shannon), Karissa Manson (Tim), Micah Larson (Logan), Emily Carter (Brady), Micaila Larson, Loriana Hyers, Lauren Larson and LizAnn Hughes; and, he cherished his eight great grandchildren and one on the way.
Rev. Hughes LOVED so BIG and made sure to pass that trait on to anyone willing to follow in his “TRACKS!”
Visitation will begin today (Saturday, June 25) at 11:30 a.m., at Journey@Faith Christian Fellowship in Pierce County The service will begin at 1 p.m.
Burial will follow service in Water’s Cemetery.
Any memorial may be made in the name of Larry K. Hughes, founding pastor of Journey@Faith Christian Fellowship, 3819 St. John’s Church Road, Blackshear, Ga., 31516. https://app.easytithe.com/App/Form/860724ed-cbd7-46dd-bd7c-6e095d9cb5bd
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