Margaret (Word) Hughes

May 30, 1929 ~ January 18, 2022 (age 92)


Margaret W. Hughes, 92, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at the Windham House Retirement Home in Hattiesburg, MS. Margaret had been occasionally spending time visiting with her son, Jimmy, in Hattiesburg.

Graveside services are 2 P.M. Friday, January 21 at Odd Fellows Cemetery on Carrollton Ave. in Greenwood with Rev. Ed McDaniel officiating. Visitation is from 12 noon until 1:30 at Greenwood Delta Funeral Home

She is survived by two sons, James E. “Jimmy” Hughes, Jr. (Sandra) of Hattiesburg, and Robert C. “Bobby” Hughes (the late Mary Sanders Hughes) of St. Louis, MO; grandchildren, Margo Cook (Shane) of Imperial, MO, Julie Hughes of St. Louis, MO, Brad Hughes (Erin) of Crystal Springs, MS, Reagan Cooper (Nathan) of Brandon, MS; and four great grandchildren, Mary Rea Cooper, Christina Cooper, Hayden Hughes and Kaylen Cook; several cousins and step family from the Sudduth family as well as an aunt, Sister Jane DeChantal of Mobile, AL.

Margaret is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, James, who passed away in 2017.  She is also preceded in death by her parents, John Everette Word and Eddith Morgan Word Sudduth; a brother, John Morgan Word and an infant sister, Ruth Faye and step father Joe Meek Sudduth.  After the death of her father, at an early age, Margaret was welcomed into the family of the Joe Meek Sudduth family when Eddith remarried.  She had numerous step family and always attended their family reunions when possible.

Margaret grew up in the Carroll County community of Coila and graduated from J.Z. George High School.  As a young woman, Margaret worked at the telephone company offices in Greenwood, later at Deloaches Department Store and met James after he returned from serving in the US Army during WWII.  They married in 1952 and resided in Greenwood.  Margaret was a homemaker for several years after her sons were born and then took a job as one of the first female cotton classers with the United States Department of Agriculture offices in Greenwood.

Margaret had a love of shopping garage sales and estate auctions and buying and refinishing antique furniture.  Her eye for glassware, furniture, and other collectible items led her to open her own business, “The Corner Collection” in the 1980’s in downtown Greenwood.  There she could be found, along with James helping out, sorting newly purchased items from the later acquisitions.  After the Building when rented sold, Margaret opened several booths in antique malls in the area and as far away as Jackson.  She continued to operate one of those up until just a few years ago.

Margaret also loved playing Bridge and continued playing with the same group of lifelong friends for many years.  After her retirement, she and James could be found on most hot summer days sitting in the shade on her screened front porch under the ceiling fan drinking iced tea.  She also loved her flower garden and kept a wide array of indoor house plants to which she applied her “green thumb”

Margaret, along with her family, was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Greenwood and for many years helped with the nursery and children’s Sunday school classes.

Pallbearers are Lee Jones, Jeff Warren, John Hughes, Brad Hughes, Hayden Hughes and Landon Foster.

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January 21, 2022

12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Greenwood Delta Funeral Home
1008 Sgt. John PIttman Drive
Greenwood, MS 38930

Graveside Service
January 21, 2022

2:00 PM
Odd Fellows Cemetery (Carrollton Ave)

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