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In Memory Of Our Poets

William "Billy" A. Hughes (1934-2018) - Class Of 1952

William A. (Billy) Hughes died May 9th, 2018 at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.

Billy was born in Montgomery, Alabama on April 5, 1934. He attended Cloverdale Elementary and graduated from Sidney Lanier High School in 1952, and from The University of Alabama in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity. Billy served two and a half years as an officer in the US Navy stationed in Jacksonville, Florida, Norfolk, Virginia, and Alaska where he participated in the US Coast and Geodetic Survey.

Following his tour of duty, he returned to Birmingham where he joined Warren Brothers and later joined Southeast Contractors as a partner in one of the largest road construction companies in the south.

In 1975 he returned to Montgomery as co-owner of Capital City Asphalt, a title he retained until the company was sold in 1986 to APAC. He remained with APAC as Division President until he retired in 1991.

Billy received an Outstanding Fellow Award from the University of Alabama Civil Engineering Department in1987 and in 1988 was awarded the Distinguished Engineering Fellow. He was president of the Alabama Asphalt Payment Association, President of the Alabama Road Builders Association, and was later inducted into the Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame.

Billy served a term as President of the Montgomery Country Club and was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church, where he served as Senior Warden and Chairman of the Building Committee.

Billy was preceded in death by his parents John C. and Kathleen J. Hughes, his first wife, Emily B. Hughes, his son William A. (Bill) Hughes Jr., his brothers John C. Hughes Jr., and the Reverend Harry A. Hughes.

Billy is survived by his wife Faye Carrington Hughes, his brother, Walter J. Hughes, his children, Margaret Hughes Winge (David) Birmingham, Joseph B. Hughes (Tessa) Locust Fork, Lawrence B. Hughes (Cam) Montgomery, Kathleen (Kathy) Hughes Campbell (Bob) Huntsville, and his daughter-in-law, Caryn C. Hughes, Montgomery; thirteen grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by Faye's children and their families: J. David Brady Jr. (Lucy) and Clifford C. Brady (Lee Lee).

Memorial Services for Billy will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Monday, May 14th, 2018 at 12:00 noon. Prior to the service, visitation will be held at 11:00.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: 

  • St. John's Episcopal Church Building Fund
  • American Heart Association
  • A charity of your choice.

Billy was a terrific guy who will be sorely missed.

Published in the Montgomery Advertiser from May 12 to May 13, 2018.