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Paul L. Hughes

Paul L. Hughes
June 29, 1926 - May 19, 2011
Paul L. Hughes passed away peacefully on May 19 to join his two sons. He was born in Pocahontas, Arkansas on June 29, 1926. He joined the Navy when he was 17 years old and served during World War II, from 1943-1947. He served on the USS Missouri and was a very proud American when the Japanese came aboard his ship to sign the Unconditional Surrender.
He was a decorated war veteran and was proud to have served his country.
He moved from Arkansas to California with his family in 1948 and met the girl of his dreams, Tommie Morgan. They were married in 1949 and were married for over 61 years. Paul started with a little Chevron Station in Armona, Ca., and then found a station in Turlock, which is how his family grew up in Turlock. He sold his station after 14 years and bought two stations in Modesto. Chevron built him a brand new station on Hatch Road and he stayed there until he retired. Together Paul and Tommie built a prospering business and after 50 years of dedication, sold their station back to Chevron. Paul worked very hard his whole life and won many trips and plaques from his achievements with Chevron.
Paul was a very honest, caring and giving man, loved by many. Paul's favorite things to do was hunting with his friends in Wyoming and New Mexico, his Reno trips and spending time with his family.
He leaves behind his loving wife Tommie Hughes; son Roger Hughes; daughter Cindy Garcia and son-in-law Billy Garcia; four grandsons, Kenneth Hughes, Kevin Hughes, Paul Hughes and Shey Hughes; sisters Pat Saffeels from Hanford, and Evadean Shempert from Earl, Arkansas; sister-in-law Rexene Hunt from Fresno. He is preceded in death by his two sons, Michael and Steven Hughes.
Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 at Turlock Funeral Home, 425 N. Soderquist Rd., Turlock. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 26 at Turlock Memorial Park.
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