Ira was born July 29, 1928, in Catoosa County, a son of the late Floyd and Hattie Jane Brackett Hughes. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Imojean Lawhorn, and brothers, Warren, Winfred and Marvin Hughes.
He was retired from Textile Rubber Inc. and was a member of Highland Church of Christ. He was a loving brother and father and a friend to many. He was a natural jokester and loved to tell a good joke.
He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Lisa and Robert Cross, Vicky Patterson; grandchildren, Eric and Hollie Patterson, Brandon Patterson, Ashley Neal, Nichelle Talley and Brandon Cross; sisters and brother-in-law, Sue and C.L. Coker of Dalton, and Neva Reeves of Florida; brother and sister-in-law, Hobert and Imojean Hughes of Ringgold; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Ira Alvin Hughes will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at Ponders Melrose Chapel with Tyler Gilreath officiating. He will be laid to rest at Dailey Hill Cemetery in Catoosa County with Brandon Patterson, Kade Harrod, David Stanley, David Weathers, Clint Benson and Tren Coffee serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at Ponders Melrose Chapel from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Arrangements are Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138 Melrose Drive, Dalton; (706) 226-4002.