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Leda Evans Hughes, 86

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LEBANON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Hughes, 86, were held Tuesday afternoon, December 23 at the Immanuel Baptist Church. Mrs. Hughes, of Lebanon, passed away Dec. 22, 2008, at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

Born December 25, 1921, in Overton County, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Sadie Beaty Evans.

Mrs. Hughes was a graduate of Livingston Academy and attended Tennessee Tech. Early in life she taught school in rural Overton County. She worked for Selective Service and the United States Postal Service having served as assistant and acting postmaster in Livingston.

She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church. She also was a member of the Golden Gems, the Academy Place Book Club and was a 50 year-plus member of the Order of The Eastern Star.

Services were conducted by Pastor John Hunn. Interment followed in the Overton County Memorial Gardens in Livingston.

Survivors include: daughters Jane (Bobby) Bilbrey of Fort Oglethorpe, GA; and Margaret (Bill) Head of Lebanon; grandchildren Frank Bilbrey of Chattanooga; Andy (Leigh) Head of Lebanon; and Emily Jane (Jeremy) Donegan of Mt. Juliet; great grandchildren McCall Olivia and Neyland Evans Head; sister Lucille Griffin of Albany, KY; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Brown Hughes Jr., a pharmacist in Livingston; brother Houston Evans, and sister Pat Easterday.

Honorary pallbearers: Esther Sunday School Class of Immanuel Baptist Church, Michael Clemons, James Kuykendall, Dr. Ross Averitt, Ray Upchurch, Keith Bilbrey, Gary Maggart, Wayne Evans and Joe Lee.  Active pallbearers: Jim Evans, Bert Evans, Chuck Nicholson, Gary Norris, Randall Clemons and Dwight Philips.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons or to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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