Carolyn Hughes

Obituary of Carolyn Reaber Hughes

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Carolyn Reaber Hughes, 79, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Utica, New York, she was a daughter of the late Karl Reaber and Edith Levenson Reaber. Mrs. Hughes worked for several ladies dress shops in Sumter before deciding to go into Real Estate. She worked for John M. Brabham Real Estate and retired after 27 years. At Anderson Memorial Hospital, she studied to be a Surgical Technician until her marriage to Thomas P. Hughes. She also did volunteer work at Anderson Hospital as a Pink Lady. She was a member of the Rainbow Girls in Massachusetts and the Anderson Junior Assembly in Anderson. She was twice married, first to Charles Samuel Wells, Jr., who died of leukemia at the age of 28. They were married for 8 years. She later married Thomas P. Hughes, who died at the age of 82. They were married for 41 years. Surviving are a son, Charles Wells (Robin) of Sumter; two daughters, Diane Kea (Reggie) of Hartsville and Julianna Wells (fiancée Jessy Vincent) of Summerville; two step-children, Tom Hughes (Joann) and Katy Hughes, both of Daniel Island; two grandchildren, Jennifer Henson (Tom) and Catherine Fail (Gray), both of Darlington; two great-grandchildren, Ian and Jacen Fail; and two sisters, Evelyn McCalla of Iva, SC and Cynthia Reaber of Anderson, SC. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday in the Chapel of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with Dr. David Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Lawrence cemetery. Pallbearers will be Victor Donald, Jessy Vincent, Richard Burns, John Brabham, Jr., Garry Garrison, and Frank Edwards. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Lyles, Tommy Dabbs, Dr. Harry A. Jordan, Dr. Julian Abbott, Louis Disher, and Jim and Jolene Lander. The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. Mrs. Hughes would like to say a special thank you to all her clients and friends who were so true to her during her Real Estate career, and to Bruce Walker Automotive for taking such good care of all of her vehicles over the years. Memorials may be made to the Sumter SPCA, 1140 S. Guignard Dr., Sumter, SC 29150, First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29150, or to a charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.