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Samuel Hughes, Jr.
  • September 04, 1937
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  • November 26, 2021

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Samuel Jefferson Hughes Jr (known as Sammy), 84, of Fort Myers, went with the Lord on November 26, 2021, surrounded by his family.
Samuel was born September 04, 1937, in Arlington, Virginia. Devoted son of Samuel Jefferson Hughes, Sr., and Dorothy (Ransdell) Hughes. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his cherished sister Dorothy Frances McBrearty and second wife Edna M Hughes.
Sammy was a Falls Church High School graduate in Falls Church, Virginia. He later became a school bus driver for the same school. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, where he served his country overseas as a Military policeman.
Sammy, a retired postal employee of 28 years, was a native of Northern Virginia before relocating to Florida in 1994. Samuel was a Master Mason and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason for 27 years. Sammy loved to have fun and clown around with children of all ages as a Shriner Clown for 27 years; he had the registered trademark name of “Zip Code™and his zip code is I-O-U 1-2-Hugs™, which is also registered.
Having handmade costumes made by his lovely wife Betsy, he entered many Shriner Clown competitions and was known for his fancy balloon-making abilities. He loved participating in the Shriner parades and visiting and helping the children in the Shriner Hospital.  Samuel was active in Florida Shrine Clown Association, for which he served as President and Vice President. Additionally, he was president and Vice President of Araba Shrine Clowns.
During his later years of life, when asked “how he was feeling? “the answer was always a quick “With my hands” accompanied by a big grin.
He loved his wife, children, and grandchildren dearly and enjoyed spending as much time with them as he could. Samuel is survived by his beloved wife of 25 years Betsy Hughes of Fort Myers, FL. Daughters Catherine “Kitty” Hughes of Fort Myers, FL, Wendi RaeNell McIntosh (William) of Ocala, FL, Angela Marie Laubhan of Fruita, CO, Angela Lynn Ortiz (Jose) of Chester, VA, stepdaughters Shirley Snyder McLaren (Steve) of Fort Myers, FL, and Kara O’ Bannon (Calvin) of Labelle, FL; fourteen grandchildren; Jaclyn, Jesika, Robin, Andrew, Steven, Kristopher, Monique, Precious, Thomas, Marcus, Laviana, Jose Jr, Brytani, Phillip twenty-nine great-grandchildren Lylia, Anthony, Easton, Mariah, Aiden, Rylan, Gabriella, Jason, Jonathan, Emma, William, Samuel, Brice, Yolanda, Yoel, Aaron, Damien, Venny, Santi, Enzo, Josiah, Layla, Gabriel, Kahlan, Ashlynn and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Your wings were ready; Our hearts were not.

Mass / Celebration of Life
Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 10 AM
St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church
5632 Sunrise Drive
Ft Myers, Fl. 33919

Reception in Marian Hall, next door to Church, immediately following Mass. Open to everyone!

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  1. Yvonne Shank says:
    07 Dec 2021
    So sorry for your loss, Betsy. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    Dan & Yvonne

  2. Margaret Culhane lit a candle:
    07 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 7, 2021 at 12:46:56 PM

  3. Nancy Wikstrom lit a candle:
    06 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 6, 2021 at 12:51:37 PM

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    06 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 6, 2021 at 12:37:31 AM

  5. Patty Patterson says:
    05 Dec 2021
    When I first met Sam, I knew he was the right guy for my best friend. You’re going to be missed by so many. May the Lord wrap His arms around each of you.

  6. Anne McNamara lit a candle:
    05 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 5, 2021 at 12:26:18 AM

  7. Sherry& Mark Brackett lit a candle:
    04 Dec 2021
    Lit since December 4, 2021 at 12:00:10 PM

  8. bob bivone says:
    04 Dec 2021
    I did not know Sam very well. From my first impression he seemed like a great guy. Betsy i am very sorry for your and kittys loss.

  9. Tuesday Shannon says:
    04 Dec 2021
    So sorry for your loss Betsy and Kitty. With our deepest sympathy, The Shannon Family

  10. Charles Hoyt says:
    04 Dec 2021
    Grandpa Sam with forever hold a special place in the hearts of the Hoyt family. Heavy gained a very dpecisl soul today.

  11. Angela Marie Laubhan says:
    03 Dec 2021
    My Dad was a great happy man. Great father husband and friend he’s probably up dancing in his clown suit laughing out jokes and making everybody happy and laugh Daddy I will so miss you in all the days ahead and Love You forever so . I will see you again and you can teach me the tricks

  12. Michael McBrearty says:
    03 Dec 2021
    I might have lost my favorite uncle but Heaven has gained the funniest angel yet I can see uncle Sammy up there now carrying on you will always have a place in my heart

  13. Jennifer Mitchell says:
    03 Dec 2021
    Sam was such a good and loving man.
    He loved Betsy and Kitty with all his heart.

  14. Angela Ewers says:
    03 Dec 2021
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Sammy J and his family.
    Love Angela (cousin Harry) Ewers and family.

  15. Darrell Morrison says:
    03 Dec 2021
    Sam, thanks for welcoming me into your family. You are forever a brother and friend. Fly with the angels.

  16. Pearl Spivey says:
    03 Dec 2021
    HEAVEN has received an ANGEL. Pappa Hughes

  17. Cassandra McIntosh says:
    03 Dec 2021
    We love you granddaddy. We are forever grateful for you and nana and will remember all the memories.

  18. Robin McIntosh says:
    03 Dec 2021
    I will forever miss you Granddaddy Sam. I will always treasure the memories I have with you. I love you. Rest easy now Granddaddy your finally at peace. Xoxo

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