The Rev. Edith Ray Hughes, age 96, of Ducktown, Tennessee, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in the Lifecare Center of Copper Basin.
She was born in Ducktown, Tennessee, to the late Hubert and Martha Cross Nicholson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Myrtle Chapter O E S. The Rev. Hughes was founder of the McGeetown House of Prayer, now known as Rachel’s Chapel, which she established in the 1960s.
The Rev. Hughes loved serving her Lord and Savior, traveling around the community gathering people to bring to church services, which at times would last almost until midnight. Afterwards she would take them back to their homes following services. She cared for people and wanted to see them in church. The Rev. Hughes was a special person and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, John Ray and Paul Hughes; children, Hubert L. Ray, Frances Nicholson and Blanche Brand.
She is survived by 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many great-great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Carlton Hughes, Ernest Hughes, Ray Hughes, Larry Hughes, Imogene Hughes, Louise Beasley and Nancy Craig.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 2 p.m. from Rachel’s Chapel Holiness Church with the Rev. Dr. Joe Kemper and the Rev. Rudy Baliles officiating. Music was by the Rev. Dr. Joe Kemper. Pallbearers included: Dale Ray, Barry Brand, Tony Nicholson, Josh Nicholson, Aaron Nicholson and Matthew Ray. The staff of the Life Care Center of Copper Basin, James Cearley and Freddy Kelly served as an honorary escort. Interment followed in the Harmony Baptist Church cemetery in Blue Ridge, Georgia.
Condolences to the family may be sent online to www.akinsfuneralhome.com. Akins Funeral Home of Copperhill was in charge of the arrangements.