James L. ‘Jim’ Hughes

December 20, 1947 ‒ June 04, 2017

Delaware, Ohio

James L. “Jim” Hughes, age 69, of Delaware, went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday Morning, June 4, 2017, at St. Ann’s Hospital.

Jim was born on December 20, 1947, in Banner Elk, North Carolina, to Dewey and Irene Hughes whom both have preceded him in going home.

On December 16, 1967, Jim married the love of his life Ruth Justice. The two began dating when she was just 13 years old and have been happily married now for almost 50 years.

For 37 years, Jim dedicated his working days to Ranco/ Seibe Controls as a tool and die maker. From 2004 to 2007, Jim and Ruth owned and operated the Hidden Treasures Gifts & Garden Center in Edison. There he enjoyed serving the needs of his friends, not customers, while running the loader and haggling over prices.

In his younger years, Jim loved to cut and build many wooden craft projects with his father and brother. They would then donate the handmade items to the church harvest auctions to help raise funds for the church. He also liked to go bowling and even golfed a little. With a love for haggling, Jim always was looking to buy, sell, and trade cars and trucks. Every year, Jim looked forward to going “home” to Roan Mountain, TN, for the family reunions. With many travels under his belt, his most favorite trip was to the Holy Land.

Jim is survived by the love of his life, Ruth; daughters: Tammara (Kirby) Francis of Mount Gilead, Michele (Randy) Smith of Delaware and Nikki (Tom) Meehan of Delaware; grandchildren: Ashley (Brandon) Patterson of Mount Gilead, Justin Francis, Akira Meade, Thomas, Noah, and Sebastian Meehan all of Delaware, Toby Beveridge of Cardington, Sean Miranda of Delaware; brothers: Bill (Deborah) Hughes of Marengo and Keith (Janice) Hughes of Delaware; brothers and sisters-in-law: Harrison (Mary ) Justice, Gladys (Bob) Dever, Linda (Kenneth) Fink, Esther Justice all of Delaware and Robert Justice of Cardington; an aunt, June Dyer of Delaware; an uncle, George (Katrina) Dyer of Texas; many loved and cherished nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and his cat, Whiner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Carl Justice; and parents-in-law, Jesse and Oma Belle Justice.

His family will greet friends from 4 to 7 PM, on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware. A service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 11:00 AM, at the Highpoint Nazarene Church, 795 Pollock Rd, Delaware, OH 43015, with Pastor Mike Cheek officiating. Burial will be held at Bryn Zion Cemetery in Mount Gilead.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Highpoint Nazarene Church.

Snyder Funeral Homes are honored to serve Jim’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Our LORD has another ANGEL ON HIGH !! We will meet our ANGELS again one day ! xxoxooxxxxxxx

  • Tammy, Kirby and family, we are so sorry for your loss! He gave a good fight, and now , he is at peace with no more pain! Cherish your memories until you meet again!

  • My deepest sympathies to Hughes family may the Peace of the Lord be with you all. 🙏

  • Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
    May the soul of this faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

    My most sincere sympathies and condolences to the Hughes family for their loss.


    Dewey, Ann, Kara and Rachel

  • My condolences to the Hughs family. Although I wasn’t close to you I have seen how loving you are thru my sister Nikki. You befriended her as a young teen and became her second family. For that Nikki is blessed. Jim became her 2nd father. Thank you so much for that. I am praying for your comfort ~Carolyn

  • So sorry for your loss. I worked with Jim at ranco. He was a very nice guy. I enjoyed working with him

  • What a fine man. Another good one called home. Ruth I am so sorry for your loss, but I rejoice for Jim, the things he is seeing right now. I don’t think it will be very long and we will all meet again. You all will be in my prayers.

  • Ruth, We’re so sorry for your loss and we hate that we weren’t able to be there for the calling hours tough or be there tomorrow for the funeral. Our hearts aches for you all because we know what you are going through. Over 17 years ago , we went through the same thing that you are going through now and it’s no fun. Just know we’re thinking of you at this time, and hoping that in some small way it helps a little to know that our thoughts and prayers are there with you and your family. Although no words of sympathy can ease the loss you bear, still may you find some peace and comfort in the treasured memories of Jim and strength and love from your family and friends throughout this very difficult time. Love lives on in the heart. Take care of yourself and may God continue to bless you and your family always. Love, Ella, Ralph(Bud), Kendra, Alice and Alexis Holt


  • Hi Ruth, sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. What a glorious day it will be when we all get to Heaven!! I always loved Jim, he was such a good man, I have many great memories of him and you from the Nazarene Church.
    Love you,
    Gary Hedges