Thomas James McHughes

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Thomas James McHughes

Mr. Thomas James McHughes, 59, of Benton, LA, took an early flight to Heaven, Monday, July 27, 2020. A Celebration of Life in his honor was held within the Hill Crest Memorial Chapel at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 2, with Robin Vosberry officiating. Prior to the service there was a gathering of family and friends between 12:30 & 2:00 PM, also in the Chapel.

Thomas was born Wednesday, August 24, 1960, out in the West Texas Town of El Paso, to Robert & Josephine McHughes. After relocating to Haughton, Louisiana, Thomas grew up honing his skills on the mound, as he lettered in Baseball for the Buc’s and was also referred to by his coaches as: “One heck of a batter !” Thomas was a proud alumnus of Haughton High’s Class of ’79. That class has remained a very close-knit bunch and Thomas felt like they all just graduated yesterday. He absolutely adored his fellow classmates and considered them his large family of brothers and sisters.

Thomas retained his love of sports and was always the faithful LSU and Saints fan through thick & thin. He also had a passion for horses and a love of his neighborhood track–Louisiana Downs. The funny thing is, all those years at the track, many friends learned over time: “Don’t let Thomas Pick ‘em for ya. He always picks ‘The Nags’ ! “ Mr. McHughes was also a hard worker and was committed to his career and his work family for years at Ryerson Steel Manufacturing, where he was an Operations Supervisor.

Though Mr. McHughes cherished many things and had many blessing to count, what he coveted most, was Lori, Tanner, Taylor, and Jo Jo. He was perfectly happy being at home with his family. His greatest achievements in life, were: marring Lori, September 15, 2001, and that of keeping Lori, for all these years—God Love Him. And for puttin’ up with all of that he deserves a Purple Heart. Lord knows, he sure had a big one!

Mr. McHughes was preceded in death by: father, Robert J. McHughes; mother, Josephine Huber McHughes.

Left to Cherish his memory are: wife of over 19 years, Lori Helen Abraham McHughes; sons, Tanner Goodwin, Taylor Goodwin; siblings: Tommy Jump, Micheal McHughes; Carrie Spradling, Margareta Plank, as well as his very special sister Patricia McHughes; Cousins, Jackie Esley, Vickie Hernandez, Peggy Bartram, Jimmy McHughes; his faithful little furry companion, Jo Jo; and numerous nices and nephews.

“Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game” ~ Babe Ruth