Roy Neal Hughes
April 1, 1927 – April 12, 2015
Memorial services celebrating the life of Roy Neal Hughes, 88, of Temple, will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Temple Bible Church, 3205 Oakview Drive, Temple, Texas at 11:00 am.
Roy was born in Quanah, Texas to George Wishner and Viola Sanders Hughes. After graduating from high School in Quanah, Roy travelled to College Station to fulfill his goal of becoming an Aggie and engineer at Texas A&M University. As WWII was escalating, Roy unselfishly chose to put his education on hold to join the Navy. He faithfully served his country in the South Pacific aboard the USS Terror, a mine sweeper, and was later transferred to USS Panamint, the Admiral’s vessel, to process decorations and separations until the end of the war. Upon his return to the US, Roy completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering at A&M and was soon hired by Phillips Petroleum. Roy worked his way up from draftsman through many supervisory roles in many locations, culminating in Director of Offshore Operations for the North Sea in Stavanger, Norway. Prior to his retirement, Roy was Managing Director of Safety and Security for Phillips Petroleum at their corporate headquarters in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
Roy and Jackie (Dovie) Reece, were married in Fort Worth, Texas on March 25, 1984 surrounded by family. They moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and after early retirement, to Temple, Texas. They immediately became involved in areas of service associated with serving the Lord primarily through Temple Bible Church and the Gideons International.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and stepson, Ted McKelvey. He is survived by his wife, Jackie, children, Gary, Jann, Keith and wife Tracy Hughes, Katherine McKelvey, Monica and husband William Merritt, grandchildren, Leslie, Mackensie and Spencer Hughes, Cole, Ryan and Renn Fosner, Morgan McKelvey, William and Gage Merritt.
Memorial donations may be made to Temple Bible Church, The Gideons International, Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice in Roy’s memory.
Roy was an all-around terrific guy, I was very fond of him! He will forever be missed. Those who had the honor of knowing him are the better for it.