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Rev. Marshall Hughes

Birth Date: November 19, 1927
Death Date: March 12, 2019

Decatur – Rev. Marshall Hughes, 91, of Decatur, IL, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Generations at McKinley Place, Decatur. 

Rev. Hughes was born November 19, 1927, in Harmon, TX, the son of Charles Hughes and Magnolia Simmons. He graduated from Douglas High School in Oklahoma City, OK. On Sept. 13, 1947 he married Fern Brown and was blessed with four children. He served in the Navy for many years. After being discharged from the Navy he went to work at Tinker Air Force Base as a carpenter. 

He was called to preach God’s word at an early age. He preached and served in and around Oklahoma City, OK, before becoming pastor of Providence Baptist Church in El Reno, OK, a church he helped build now names New Providence Baptist Church. After leaving New Providence, he became pastor of Friendship Baptist Church and he preached there for several years.   

On February 22, 1970, he was elected pastor of Northside Missionary Baptist Church and moved his family to Decatur. Under Rev. Hughes’s leadership the church bought land on Lowber Street for a new building. Ground breaking was held July 3, 1983 and on July 8, 1984 Rev. Hughes, church members and members of the community entered the Greater Northside Baptist Church. The fellowship hall has been named Rev. Marshall Hughes Fellowship Hall.  

Rev. Hughes was instrumental in Starting the 2nd Sunday Musicals, active in a number of civic groups, president of the Ministerial Alliance, Vice Chair of Decatur Human Relations Commission, president of Office Economic Opportunity (O.E.O.), vice moderator of the Baptist Orthodox Wood River District Assistant to Rev. Oliver Johnson, served as Chairman of Sunday School and B.T.U. Congress (Wood River District). 

Rev Hughes preached his last sermon as pastor of Greater Northside in March of 1990. Rev. Hughes was loved and admired by many Christians and Non-Christians. “Everybody was Somebody to him” 

Rev. Hughes then returned to Oklahoma where he was pastor at Wannamaker Baptist Church in Watonga, OK, until he returned to Decatur a short time later. While in Decatur he worked as a funeral assistant for Graceland/Fairlawn and Moran & Goebel Funeral Homes, preached at Church Of The Living God Temple #1, Trinity CME Church and Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church where he served as pastor until his death.  

After his wife Fern passed away, he married Shirley Warnsley October 6, 1999 and in this union gained three stepsons.  

Left not to mourn but to cherish fond memories are his wife, Shirley Hughes of Decatur; his oldest son, Michael (Mauva) Hughes of Decatur, son, Rev. William Helm of VA, daughters: Marcia Muhammad of Oklahoma City, OK, and Zita Hughes Jackson of Philadelphia, PA; stepsons: Keith (Michelle) WarnsleyToppie (Kendra) Warnsley and Galen Dawson. A host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Fern Hughes; son, Marshall Hughes Jr.; his mother and father, one brother, one grandson and one great granddaughter.  

Visitation will be held Friday, March 22, 2019, from 4 pm until the time of a memorial service at 6 pm at the Church Of The Living God Temple #1. Homegoing services to celebrate his life will be 2 pm Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Northside Missionary Baptist Church; visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Burial will take place Monday, March 25, 2019 at I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Watonga, OK.   

Special thanks to Dorothy Cox-Stole, special friend, Harbor Light Hospice, Dr. Benjamin Esparaz and Cancer Care staff and Dr. Muhammad Khan and staff. 

The Hughes family is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Memories and condolences may be shared at 

March 22, 2019
4:00 pm
- 6:00 pm
Church of the Living God, PGT Temple No. 1.
1915 N Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Decatur, IL 62526
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Homegoing Service
March 23, 2019
2:00 pm
Greater Northside Missionary Baptist Church
929 N. Lowber Street Decatur, IL 62521
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March 25, 2019
10:00 am
I.O.O.F. Cemetery
Watonga, OK 73772
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  1. Rev. Marshall Hughes

    Written by: Dr. Mildred A. Warren

    To Brother Micheal Hughes and the entire Hughes family. I extend my sincere deepest sympathy to you all during this time of homegoing of your beloved father and to one who was welled loved and respected in the city of Decatur, IL. I commend you to the God of all comfort. 1 Corinthians 1:2-4. Dr. Mildred A. Warren

  2. To Brother Micheal Hughes and the entire Hughes family, I extend my sincere deepest sympathy to you all during the homegoing of your father and one so dearly loved in the person of The Right Reverend Marshall Hughes. I have so many precious memories of our fellowship in church together, afternoon services and revivals and after church services at the late Rev. I.M. Muse’s restaurant. The saints would gather there after revival service and have church all over again. To you and your entire family I commend you to our heavenly father who is the God of all comfort. 1 Corinthians 1:2-4. Dr. Mildred A. Warren

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. God will carry you through this difficult time.
    God Makes No Mistakes; you will hold forever in your hearts loving memories -Burl
    Burl Stoner and children, Theodore, Idella, Toni, Carin (Edgar Reed) and Pastor Reverend Gregory (Valerie Stoner).

  4. To the Rev. Hughes family. May God continue to Keep His loving arms around at your time of bereavement. My heart and prayers go out to you all.

  5. Washington family

    Written by: Iola Washington

    My deepest sympathy to Michael and his family I am praying that God will comfort you and your family doing this time amen

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