Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.
James Read Hughes
(Second son of Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr.)
(He was named after Jesus' disciple James, and after his grandfather, Rev. J. Leighton Read).

Rev. J. Leighton Read
Joseph Hughes with portrait of his brother Jim at the Virginia State Police 2014 Police Officers'
Memorial Service.
The portrait was painted by
Donald Edward Poore.
Joseph Hughes with Colonel W.S. Flaherty,
Superintendent of Virginia State Police

Joseph Hughes with the Governor of Virginia,
the Honorable Terry McAuliffe,
Special Guest Speaker at the
Memorial Service

Joe with Trooper Rolando Curiel, Area 9
Honor Guard at Jim's portrait
Honor Guard at Jim's portrait
Jim's basic class: he is third from right, top row
Joe at first unveiling of Jim's portrait.
Some who attended the unveiling of Jim's portrait: in first row, L to R: Louise Curling, Mrs. Rosa Curling, Mr. John Curling, Rev. Hughes; Back row: R to L: Joe, Eddie Briggs, Jr., Cathy Briggs, Ray Curling, Mrs. Hughes, Trooper Donald Poore and one Trooper not identified; also lady to left of Rev. Hughes has not been identified.

Jim holds his Mother's arm after the Virginia State Police Basic School graduation ceremony.
Trooper Grover Dean, one of Jim's best friends.
Joe and Jim
Rev. Frank Hughes, Jr. performed marriage ceremony of Rev. Sam Tatem and Sarah Margaret Rogers, at South Norfolk Baptist Church.  Jim, as ring bearer, on front row right.  Joe holds his father's hand, on left.

Jim, on left, was ring bearer at
Rev. and Mrs. Sam Tatem's wedding.

Jim (in some pictures with Joe): in front yard, back yard. First one is Jim in front yard with Chesapeake Ave. Methodist Church in background:
Jim at his grandparents (Read) house in Oklahoma:
Dad, Joe, and Jim at Norfolk Zoo playground:
Rev. Hughes holding Jimmy
L to R: Uncle Irving Hughes, Joe, Charlie holding snake, Mr. Hill in jeep, Everett, Jim:
Not a good picture (probably old film):
Jim at entrance sign to the Richmond Battlefield Park, Virginia.
Jim, on extreme right, Joe, standing behind Connie with rabbit, on Easter Sunday at Grandparents.

Jim and Joe dressed up for "Trick or Treat"

Jim on the right as "Captain Hook"

Jim and Joe at home in Jim's room; play time before bedtime:
Easter Sunday: L to R: Pa Hughes, Sue, Mamma Hughes, Mrs. Frank Hughes, Joe, Jim
Dillon Family, including Rev. and Mrs. J. Leighton Read; Mrs. Frank Hughes sits in front of Joe and Jim in yellow t-shirts:
L to R: Connie, Rev. Melvin Hughes, Mel, Mrs. Thelma Hughes, Mrs. Frank Hughes, Joe, (unidentified lady), Jim.
Joe, Jim (with Bible in hand) and Mrs. Frank Hughes, stand on right side, in picture taken at Glorieta Baptist Assembly, New Mexico.
Jim with his Father (left) and Grandfather Hughes
Jim with his grandparents,
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hughes, Sr.

Christmas 1964: L to R: Mel, Joe, Charlie, Everett, Jim.
Jim on front porch of our house, December 25, 1965
Christmas at Grandparents house.  L to R:  Jim, Sue, Joe, Pa and Mamma Hughes, Mrs. Frank Hughes:
I took this of Jim outside the White House of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia
The White House of the Confederacy, in 2017:
During Vacation Bible School Youth Week, the guys were invited to bake, on their own and without any help, a cake to enter in a contest.

Jim baked a 3 layer cake in honor of the United Nations, with the colors of each layer inside, different.  Mother didn't help him, but you should have seen the mess on the kitchen table while he was making it! Ha!
Jim at VPI:
Bob Dunston and Jim at Jim's car, 1968
Dan Hare, 1968, Barringer Hall
Johnson and Newman dorms 1968
War Memorial, Library (Newman) 1968
Shaving Cream Fight, 1968 Barringer Hall: Buddy    Parcell, Jim, Dan Hare
Jim and Joe studied piano under the late A. Guy Hall, Jr. of South Norfolk.  He had a Gulbransen baby grand in his studio.  Jim and Joe practiced at home on their Mother's Haddorff upright piano, which had been a birthday gift to her from Rev. Hughes. She also played the piano; Rev. Hughes could play the violin.  Jim went on to learn the Trombone, and Joe, the Pipe Organ. 
An early picture of Mr. A. Guy Hall, Jr.
in 1942, while teaching music and orchestra at the South Norfolk High School, South Norfolk, Virginia.
He held a B.A. degree from William and Mary, and an M.A. degree in Music from Columbia University, New York.
Mr. Hall later opened a florist shop, "Flowers by Hall," in the downtown section of South Norfolk around the corner from Overton's Supermarket, while he continued to teach private music lessons every afternoon after school was out.
South Norfolk High School on the front title page of "The Tiger" Yearbook for 1942.  The building was later used as the Truitt Junior High School, when Jim and Joe attended. At that time, Rena B. Wright, with 3 buildings in another section of South Norfolk, served as the Elementary School.
On a High School Band trip to Charlottesville, Virginia.  Jim is on the right.
South Norfolk Jr. High School Band plays at the Oyster Bowl Parade, Norfolk, Virginia.  Jim is playing the trombone, second from left.
South Norfolk Jr. High School Band on their way to play at May Day celebration: Jim is 4th from left with trombone.
South Norfolk Jr. High School Band playing at the Rena B. Wright Elementary School May Day celebration.  Jim is on back row, 5th from the Left, playing Trombone.
South Norfolk Jr. High School Band played for Governor Almond, who spoke at the Dedication of the South Norfolk Memorial Library.  Jim is in the trombone section, second from the end.

Jim in early photo with band.  Playing trombone, far end.
Oscar F. Smith High School Band marches down Chesapeake Ave, South Norfolk for Fire Prevention Parade.
Jim with his first car:
a 4-door Ford with straight shift.
Jim and Joe both joined the local South Norfolk Boy Scout Troop.

It met every Thursday evening, in the basement of the South Norfolk Christian Church.
Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Harrell. 
He was our Scoutmaster. 
They both served the Lord in a variety of positions at the South Norfolk Baptist Church.
Jim and Joe both went camping at the local Boy Scout Camp Baker.  Mr. Gayle Harrell, member of South Norfolk Baptist, was the Scoutmaster.

Camp Baker is 375 acres of heavily wooded land leased from the Army Corps of Engineers. Located on the northeast side of the juncture of the Albemarle Chesapeake Canal and Centerville Turnpike, in Chesapeake, Virginia, Camp Baker is open for short-term camping. Many scouting activities such as camping, hiking, pioneering, wilderness survival, nature, and bird study can be conducted here.

Thanks to the Associated General Contractors, the camp includes an activity shelter and latrines.  Campers will need to supply their own water. It’s a great place to. bring your troop and get “back to the basics.”

Jim earned more Merit Badges than his brother, and moved up quickly thru "Second Class" to "First Class." Scouting taught us both lasting values, which were character-building.  These were reinforced by dedicated Christian school teachers, in addition to the primary training we received at home and in the church.  Jim and Joe developed lasting friendships with other boys from South Norfolk.

Scout Motto
Why "The Scout Oath" was important to Jim and Joe:
Scouting celebrates it's 100th Anniversary:
Digging a post hole is hard work
Jim greeting Mr. and Mrs. John Curling
Washing and waxing Dad's car:
Jim learned to swim early
L to R: Uncle Melvin Hughes, Jim, Joe, with cousins Mel and Connie
L to R: Jim Maddry, Joe and Jim visiting at the Maddry farm
Joe looks at Jim Maddry's "dummy" (he was an excellent ventriloquist) while Jim examines his BB gun.
Jim with his first car; had straight shift and he installed an FM stereo radio. I took this on back parking lot of the church with Norfolk and Western Railroad in background.
In backyard, as High School Senior:
Dad took this of Jim at Disneyland:
I took this from an upstairs window: Jim and the Volvo he bought after he was first stationed in Alexandria, Virginia with State Police:
Hughes first cousins:  L to R back row: Jim, Joe, Sue, Everett.  L to R front row: Connie, Mel, Charlie.
Next 5 Pictures: Along Skyline Drive and Little Stony Man Nature Trail:
Next two pictures taken on Little Stony Man Nature Trail, at the "Moose" stop.  Tree fashioned by natural elements looked like a Moose.  Aprox. 3 years ago, an ice storm knocked off the Moose "head" leaving only the tree.
"Evening Devotions for Bluefield College"
Recorded live in the auditorium of
South Norfolk Baptist Church. 
Jim was narrator. 
Joe, played the Henry Pilcher's Sons Pipe Organ.
Jim and Joe both worked on the Oscar F. Smith High School radio station,
WFOS-FM, which was the first high school station in Virginia and the fifth in the nation.
Here Jim announces classical music for the "Festival of Bach" special program:
Jim announces a Bach "Brandenburg Concerto," for WFOS-FM:
Jim and Joe both worked on WFOS-FM.  Jim is seen here in a 1963 picture, back row, 4th from left:
While in college,
Jim and Joe both worked at WRVC-FM, located in this building, 2712 Colley Ave, Norfolk, VA.
One of the Signature Themes used at WRVC-FM as background music for Station Identification was an excerpt from Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto; Violinist, Ruggiero Ricci:
Conway Granger, retired Trooper; one of Jim's best friends.
Joe with retired Trooper Conway Granger, after Jim passed.

James Read Hughes funeral service conducted by Dr. William L. Lumpkin (Freemason Street Baptist Church, Norfolk), Dr. Donald Bowen (Downtown Baptist Church, Alexandria). Organist: Gwen Whitehurst, Pianist: Betty LeBlanc.

(The Schulmerich chimes can be heard playing on the tower music system, at the conclusion of the service, during the postlude as the clergy, pallbearers, and family exit the church).

Dr. W.L. Lumpkin, pastor of Freemason Street Baptist Church, conducted Jim's funeral.
Funeral Service, South Norfolk Baptist Church
Bernie Henderson, Joe and Rev. Hughes at grave after the service.
"The Messenger" Special Edition on Jim, in PDF format:
Donald Edward Poore painted a second portrait of Jim and presented it to Rev. and Mrs. Hughes.
Some photos made of that painting by Donald Poore in January 2016:
This portrait of Jim, was presented to the Virginia State Police, May 9, 2018, by his brother Joe. It was an original oil painting by Trooper Donald Poore.
Joe at his brother's graveside, photo taken by
Rev. Hughes

The hymn "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" was sung by the choir and congregation at Jim's funeral service, South Norfolk Baptist Church.  It is presented here in tribute to him.
Memorial Plaque placed in the
South Norfolk Baptist Church:
Plaque, enhanced for readability:
More pictures of Jim can be found on the "Hughes Family Story" page of this website.  There is some audio of him on the "Audio" webpage.