Ms. Shirley Ann Hicks Hughes
Ms. Shirley Ann Hicks Hughes, 73, of Huntsville (formerly of Camp Hill) died Wednesday, March 22, 2023, at Huntsville Hospital, Huntsville, AL. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 1, 2023, at Centerview Baptist Church, 4460 CR-89 Camp Hill at 12:00 p.m. (CST) with Rev. Don Darius Butler, officiating. Interment will be in Ozias Baptist Church Cemetery, Camp Hill. The remains will lie in state at the church from 11:00 a.m. (CST) until the funeral hour. Public viewing will be Friday, March 31, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (CST) at Vines Funeral Home.
Ms. Hughes was born December 13, 1949, to the late Mr. Hosea Hicks and Mrs. Icy Belle Hicks in Camp Hill, AL. She passed into eternal rest on March 22, 2023.
Ms. Hughes confessed Christ at an early age, uniting with Centerview Baptist Church of Camp Hill, AL. She later moved her letter of membership to First Missionary Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL, under the leadership of Pastor (Emeritus) Dr. Julius R. Scruggs. She loved working in the church and was very loyal and committed to the mission and vision of the churches she was a member.
Ms. Hughes’ love of reading started at an early age when her parents would save their money to give to Shirley to purchase books from the bookmobile that came through the community. Her love of reading and writing impacted and motivated her to become an educator. Upon graduation from Edward Bell High School, she continued her education at Alabama A&M University (AAMU). While attending AAMU, she met Bobby M. Hughes. Once both completed their degrees of study, they married in 1972. Shirley graduated from AAMU with a Bachelor of Science degree in English.
Ms. Hughes was employed by the Huntsville City School System where she taught English and Literature at S.R. Butler High School. It was here where lifetime friendships formed with her fellow colleagues and her students whom she affectionately referred to as "my babies". While teaching at Butler, she also served as the senior class sponsor for many years. She returned to AAMU and earned a Master's Degree in English and later, in Public Administration.
After teaching for 17 years, Shirley became an Assistant Principal at Westlawn Middle School, where she loved and nurtured a variety of students. She remained at Westlawn until becoming the principal at Davis Hills Middle School. From there, she worked for the Huntsville City Schools Board of Education in Pupil Services.
Her final place of employment was Calhoun Community College, where she served as Assistant to the President for Human Resources and Community Services. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Shirley spent over 35 years educating and mentoring students and other young aspiring educators.
Left to cherish her memories are her only son, Angus Hughes (Shad) of Huntsville, AL; nephews, Warren Pitts, LaFayette, AL; Brandon Holloway, Lakeview, AL; nieces: Greta Brooks, League City, TX; Tanya Holloway (Nikki), Auburn, AL; Carolyn and Kimberly Carwell, LaFayette, AL; great nephew, Key'lun Powell, LaFayette, AL; two great nieces; Cayla Brooks, Tuskegee, AL; Camille Holloway, Lakeview, AL; and a host of cousins, relatives, friends, and students (“her babies”).
If you are unable to attend, the service will be live streamed on the Vines Funeral Home FaceBook Page.
So very sorry for your loss. God bless all.
She was my English teacher and she made me be the best I could be for a subject I really didn't care for. Rest peacefully Mrs Hughes
JEAN CHANDLER SR BUTLER 73
Remember her kind and sweet. May God lift and hold you in his arms. Blessing to your family.
CHERYL ROWELL DAVIS
May God comfort the family as only He can. Shirley was a beautiful person both inside and outside.
Shirley was a dear friend and she will be missed my condolences to her son family and friends
MARY JEAN MORGAN, CLEVELAND, OH
My condolences in the passing of your beloved mother and my cousin. May God comfort you in your season of sorrow.
I love you sooooooooooo much and I so sorry I wasn’t there to see you off you are and forever will be my favorite resident. Love your favorite CNA
Thank you for the positive conversation cuz
GLORIA PAYNE FLORDA
You will be greatly miss, but not forgotten.. .
My God continue to wrap his arms around you during this difficult time. We love you.
May the Lord continue to bless this family and may you rest in peace Cuz
LATOYA HICKS ROBINSON
Cousin Shirley was an inspiration to all who came in contact with her. She will be missed immensely. My condolences to Angus and all of her family and friends who loved her.
VERONICA CURTIS RICHIE
I will always remember the times we shared at Westlawn Middles School as well as our times at First Missionaey Baptist Church. Shad we are here for you when you need us.
Love, Veronica Curtis-Richie and Stanley.
DR. SHIRLEY HEARD
Your mom will truly be missed. She was a dear friend and a classmate for 13 years. She loved all who were a part of her life. Another angel has gone on.
R I p cuz love u
A colleague at S.R. Butler High School, for whom I had much respect and admiration. A very strong and resilient woman and a master teacher. Rest in Peace, Shirley. J.S.
TABITHA TAYLOR WILLIAMS
RIP Shirley. We will remember and cherish ALL the great memories with you. RIPARADISE cousin. Love you FOREVER.. Wille Arthur, Judy, Pam and the rest of the family..
Rest in Peace Cousin.
Shirley was dear to me
MARY P HOLLOWAY
Sending Condolences to the Hicks/Hughes families.Icy and I was the best of friends. She was so proud of all her children. May your precious memories of Shirley forever remain in your hearts. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Leave a comment for the family or loved ones.