Lovel Hughes, 91, of Tuttle, Okla., passed away on Oct. 12, 2019. Lovel was born Dec. 18, 1927, in Ardmore to Eugene and Opal Hughes. The family moved to Lefors, Texas in 1930.
Lovel graduated from Lefors High School in 1946. He was an outstanding football player and boxer. After high school he joined the US Army and served for four years.
Lovel worked in the oil and gas business until he retired in 1993. He began his career working for Kewanee Oil Co. and later worked for Gulf Oil & Tenneco. Working for an oil company involved transfers and he lived in many states. Three separate times in Oklahoma, two in Texas and one each in Illinois, Kansas and Arkansas.
After he retired in Ardmore, he pursued his lifelong hobbies of fishing, bird hunting and woodworking. He was a member of the McLish Ave Church of Christ and for many years sponsored a fish fry for the congregation there. Also, he founded the Hughes family pheasant hunt in Spearman, Texas which lasted for 25 years. Lovel was a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
He was a loving father to his children and stepchildren and was a devoted husband to both wives he had in his lifetime.
Lovel was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Waylon Hughes; a sister, Ruth Black, his 1st wife and mother of his children Carolyn Kendal Hughes, his 2nd wife Mary Crooks Hughes and a stepdaughter, Linda Crooks. Lovel was married to each of his wives for 33 years.
He is survived by a son, Mike and Joyce Hughes of Amarillo, Texas; a daughter, Debbie and David Eddy of Tuttle; three grandsons: Michael and Valerie Hughes of Rockwall, Texas; JR and Jessica Eddy of Choctaw and JD Eddy of Tuttle; two great-grandchildren, Layken Lovel Hughes and Landry Bradford Hughes of Rockwall; two stepsons: Terry and Theisa Crooks of Libby, Mont., and Larry and Paula Crooks of Wimberley, Texas.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at Tuttle Church of Christ in Tuttle, 404 Southwest 3rd St.