Ranger Exes Memorial - The Faculty & RJC

James Hughes JAMES "JIMMY" LEON HUGHES died on June 12, 2004, with burial at the Murray Cemetery in Carbon, TX. Jimmy was born Dec. 19, 1922, in Desdemona, TX, the fourth child of seven to James Elmer & Kizzie (Sparkman) Hughes. He graduated from Desdemona High School and attended Ranger Jr. College, Sul Ross University, Hardin-Simmons, Southwest Texas State University, and Howard Payne. Jimmy received his Bachelors of Science and his Masters of Education from Howard Payne. He married Oma Mae McClellan on August 10, 1943, in Eastland. They lived in Pyote and Kermit until 1954 when they moved to Carbon. They taught school and farmed in Carbon until moving to Eastland in 1993. Oma Mae preceded him in death in 2000. During WWII, Jimmy taught navigation in the U.S. Army Air Corp. For 41 years he taught in public schools including Carbon, Eastland, Cisco, Ranger, and Rising Star. Jimmy was the Carbon School superintendent from 1967-74 and served as Eastland County Superintendent from 1974-78. Jimmy was a member of the Carbon Methodist Church until its closing. He served not only as a Sunday school teacher but also on numerous boards. At the time of his death, he was member of First United Methodist Church of Eastland. Jimmy loved helping young people, farming, and sports. Jimmy is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Karen Hughes of Clyde and Donald and Nancy Hughes of Eastland; by four grandchildren, Matt Hughes and his wife Brandi of Norman, OK, and Georgia, Caroline, and Charles Hughes of Eastland; by a great-grandson, Kobey of Norman; by two sisters, Florence Tarrence of Stephenville and Imogene Rogers of Many, Louisiana; by many nieces and nephews; and by numerous friends and former students. Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; by his wife; by two sisters, Loree Nugent & Oleta Foster; by a brother, Buddy; and by his grandson, Doug Hughes.