Edward Milton Hughes
Edward Milton Hughes was born on April 29, 1964 in the US Airforce Hospital in Toul, France.
His father, William O. Hughes traveled here with his wife Elaine M. Hughes and their older son William Lowell. The family spent a little over 2½ years before returning home to Atlanta, meeting extended family and adding Laura Elaine to the local Hughes-McEwen family.
Edward started his education at Henderson’s Preschool on West Lake Ave, down the street from his maternal grandparents. Before the end of kindergarten the family was off to Oslo, Norway and became adequate skiers. After a short stay in Fort Knox Kentucky and 3 years in Okinawa Japan, Edward and his siblings were good in the snow and at home in the water. These moves left Edward with a flair for language and working with people.
Upon returning to Atlanta, Edward attended F. L. Stanton Elementary school, Frederick Douglass High School, graduating in 1982 and North Georgia Military College.
After an active healthy adult life, Edward lost his right leg below the knee and developed kidney problems from an infection caught while helping nearby families with flood damage. He was also diagnosed as diabetic that year.
Edward journeyed forward after receiving a prosthetic leg and became active in several groups and organizations while receiving dialysis treatments three times a week. He was a Support Group Member and Group Facilitator with the Amputee Foundation of Greater Atlanta before starting SWAAMP Support Group – Southwest Atlanta Amputees. Edward was a patient and family adviser for one of the Emory University Hospital Renal units as well as a peer counselor for patients that recently became amputees. He worked at Mercer University, Georgia Tech and Georgia State with Physical Therapist as a practice subject and information source for students. Edward also was active for several years with the Amputee Coalition Annual Conventions.
Gibron’s words from The Prophet seem poignantly fitting in thinking of Edward’s life while facing the grief of his death:
the deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful, look again into your heart and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Edward leaves behind his sister Laura and his mother Elaine, aunts, uncles and a host of cousins.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 11 a.m. at our chapel, with Reverend Damon P. Williams, PhD., officiating. The remains may be viewed on Friday, March 18, 2022 at the chapel from 1 to 5 p.m.
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