Albert C. (Doc) Hughes
Mr. Hughes was born Feb. 28, 1941, in Birmingham, Ala. He graduated from Fairfield High School and obtained a BM degree in music history and an AB degree in English from Birmingham-Southern College; MM degrees in musicology and voice from the University of Illinois; and a DMA degree in vocal performance from West Virginia University. He also did postdoctoral study in choral conducting at Florida State University. Albert returned to Birmingham-Southern College in 1968, where he taught music until 1981. He then became an instructor of music at the Baylor School in Chattanooga for three years. He moved to Pulaski in 1987 to become an Associate Professor of Music at Martin Methodist College and was later promoted to Professor. At the time of his retirement in 2013, he was named Professor Emeritus. Albert has sung as a soloist with many church choirs throughout his life, including St. Mary’s on the Highlands Episcopal Church and First United Methodist Church in Birmingham, Ala.; Wesley Methodist in Urbana, Ill.; and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Tallahassee, Fla. Upon moving to Pulaski, he became choir director at First Presbyterian Church, where he served until the end of 2012. He also was ordained as an elder in the First Presbyterian Church. He is preceded in death by parents, Albert C. Hughes Sr. and Mabel Taylor Hughes; and grandparents M.C. and Letha Hughes and Edmund P. and Katherine Taylor.
Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. April 13 at First Presbyterian Church. Memorial services are at 11 a.m., April 14 following visitation at 9 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Memorial donations may be made to the Martin Methodist College music program, 433 West College Street, Pulaski, TN, 38478, or First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 174, Pulaski, TN, 38478.
Survivors include wife Charlotte Evans Hughes; and cousins George Taylor and wife Fay of Signal Mountain, Bill Taylor and wife Janice of Oxford, Miss., Mabel Ubiñas of San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Bill Horton and wife Jerre of Hertford, N.C.