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Paul L. Hughes
A graveside service was held Thursday at Turlock Memorial Park for Paul L. Hughes, 84, of Turlock. He died peacefully on May 19, 2011.

Turlock Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Born June 29, 1926 in Pocahontas, Ark., Paul joined the Navy when he was 17 years old and served during World War II from 1943 to 1947. He served aboard the USS Missouri and proudly watched the Japanese come aboard his ship to sign the unconditional surrender. He was a decorated war veteran. He moved to California with his family in 1948 and met future wife Tommie Morgan. They were married in 1949 and were married for over 61 years. Paul opened a Chevron station in Armona, and then found a station in Turlock. He sold his station after 14 years and bought two stations in Modesto. Chevron built him a brand new station on Hatch Road in Ceres and he stayed there until he retired. Together Paul and Tommie built a prospering business and after 50 years of dedication, sold their station back to Chevron. Mr. Hughes' hard work earned him many trips and plaques from Chevron. He enjoyed hunting with his friends in Wyoming and New Mexico, trips to Reno and spending time with his family.

He leaves behind his wife Tommie Hughes; his children, Roger Hughes and Cindy Garcia; sisters, Pat Saffeels from Hanford, and Evadean Shempert from Earl, Ark.; and four grandsons, Kenneth Hughes, Kevin Hughes, Paul Hughes and Shey Hughes. He was preceded in death by sons Michael Hughes and Steven Hughes.

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-Ceres Courier/ June 1, 2011