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“I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in him will I trust.”
Remembering with love and celebrating the Life of Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin and Friend, Allen “Red Boy” Hughes. On Tuesday, January 16, 2024, Godsaw fit to pluck another of his precious flowers from his earthly garden to give eternal rest. God saw his son, Allen , in distress, called his name, he answered, and is now restingin the loving arms of our Lord and Savior.
Allen was born on October 16, 1961 in Orangeburg, South Carolina to his belovedmother, Sarah Keller Hughes and his father, the late Floyd “Booty” Hughes, Sr. He was the third oldest child of seven children. Allen was lovingly given the nickname“Red Boy” by his paternal grandparents, the late Wilhelmina Ladson and Isaac Hughes, who felt he could do no wrong in their eyes.
Allen began his Christian journey at an early age by joining Ebenezer AME Church inSaint Matthews, South Carolina. He remained a faithful, lifelong member and found joy in being actively involved in the life of his church. He served as a Trustee, Usher, worked with the Kitchen Ministry, and sang on both the Senior Choir and Male Chorus. He loved his church and church family and wholeheartedly lifted God’s name in praise. Allen waslater baptized along with son, Allen Michael, at Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Allen received his formal education in the public schools of Orangeburg County. Heattended Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg, South Carolina and graduated with the Class of 1979. He furthered his education by attending Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College where he received training in welding, electricity, heating and cooling.
Allen was a devoted employee in the Maintenance Department with American YardProducts (Husqvarna) Orangeburg, South Carolina for 30+ years. Until his untimely death, he was employed with the Orangeburg Consolidated School District. He was a hands-on type of man who had multifaceted skills in building, repairing and restoring homes. He later became an entrepreneur of “Red Boy Lawn & Handyman Service.” He lived his life by the spiritual, “May the work I’ve done speak for me.”
Allen was serious minded, motivated, and rose early in the mornings to begin his day orcomplete tasks because he despised wasting time. He dearly loved his family, children, and grandchildren and was a great provider. He began each day praying for God’s grace and mercy over his family. Allen was also a patient caregiver for his special Aunt, Mrs.Mildred Jenkins. He had a heart for helping others and would feed the homeless and those less fortunate in the Orangeburg community. He was a loyal volunteer with the Ronnie Carr Foundation for Youth Development, Orangeburg, South Carolina that focused on improving the quality of life and economic growth within the Orangeburg community.
Allen was joined in Holy Matrimony to the Love of his Life, Sherry Johnson Hughes,on June 22, 2002. To this union one loving son, Allen Michael, was born.
Allen was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Floyd “Booty” Hughes, maternalGrandparents, Tom and Georgia Keller, and sister, Mrs. Gloria Hughes Wright.
Allen leaves to cherish beautiful memories those who loved him dearly: his devotedwife, Sherry Johnson Hughes; One caring Daughter, Jaquaria Chante’ Hughes; Two loving Sons, Tyriq Rashard “Brandon” Salley and Allen Michael Hughes; Grandchildren, Khalil Levi Hughes and Ky’Lee Hughes; Mother, Sarah Keller Hughes, Two Sisters, Patricia Hughes and Cynthia (late Robert) Johnson of Orangeburg, SC; Three Brothers, Floyd (Sherry) Hughes, John (Tracey) Hughes of Greenville, SC and Russell Hughes of Orangeburg, SC. Five Sister-In-Laws, Janie Johnson, Annie (Rufus), Simpson, Jloundia Johnson, Evangelist Elaine Johnson, and Cynthia Johnson all of Orangeburg, SC; Five Uncles, Five Aunts, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins , relatives, and friends.
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Saturday, January 27,2023 at Glover's Funeral Home from 1:00pm-6:00pm.
The funeral will be held on Sunday, January 28,2023 at Olive Grove Missionary Baptist Church 305 Old Elloree Rd. Orangeburg, SC 29118 beginning at 1:00pm. All those attending service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations.