Beatrice Rickman Hughes
Beatrice Rickman Hughes was born Dec. 9, 1917, in Mt. Zion, Tenn., to Walter and Sallie Burns Rickman. She died March 24 at the age of 95 years, 3 months and 15 days.
On July 3, 1936, she married William P. Hughes in Corinth, Miss. To this marriage was born three children: Freddy Paul Hughes (Kitty) of Dyersburg, Tenn., Janice Kate Hughes Boling (Frank, deceased) of Savannah, Tenn., and Barry Ward Hughes (deceased). They had six grandchildren: Dr. Greg H. Boling (Donna) of Jackson, Miss., Lisa Elaine Boling Pierce (Keith) of Savannah, Tenn., Mickie Hughes Buckley (Todd) of Philadelphia, Penn., Spencer Hughes (Tonya) of Dyersburg, Tenn., Hue B. Hughes (Alli) of Savannah, Ga., and Lee Hughes of Michie. Beatrice is survived by three sisters: Grace Spencer, Dorothy Bridges and Marie Wells, all of Milledgeville. She is survived by two brothers, Jerry Rickman of Adamsville and Harold Rickman of Whiteville, Tenn.
Four brothers are deceased: Otis, Gene, Carl and Roy Rickman.
On March 29, family and friends gathered in the Shackelford Chapel Savannah to celebrate and say goodbye to Beatrice Hughes. Mrs. Hughes was a member of Morris Chapel United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women’s Society in which she held different leadership roles and she was also a member of the choir. She was a member of the Morris Chapel Home Demonstration Club in which she entered several contests. She was a county winner in the 1987 June Dairy Month Recipe Contest. Her recipe for cheesy-broccoli soup was published in the District I recipe book. She also won several awards for her clothes entries in the sewing contest. She also won awards at the Hardin County Fair. Her quilting, embroidering, needlepoint, and crewel pieces were featured at the Hardin County Library in January 2007.
Beatrice was known by her caring spirit for the needy and the sick. She always cooked and carried food to the sick. Once she rode the bus to Cleveland, Ohio, to visit a sick neighbor who was in the hospital there for treatment. She chose a life of faith that reflected the commandments of Jesus to love your neighbor, do all good you can, and stay in love with God. Her full and rich life revolved around God, her marriage to W.P. Hughes for 71 years, her family, her friends, and her church.
By profession, she was a merchant having owned grocery stores in Milledgeville, Adamsville, and Morris Chapel for 32 years.
As the years passed and her health began to deteriorate, she moved to the nursing home without complaint. As her eyesight dimmed, she would always look up and smile to greet her visitors and hold their hand. Her spirit and faith always remained strong.
Following the memorial service in which her great-granddaughter, Anne Avery Boling, sang “Over the Rainbow,” she was laid to rest in the Milledgeville Cemetery.
Services were held on Friday, March 29, at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Chapel in Savannah, Tenn., with Roger Henson officiating. Burial followed in the Milledgeville Cemetery at Milledgeville, Tenn.