Celebrating Chris


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Friday, April 12th at 2 p.m.

Bayside Community Church
East Bradenton Campus
15800 SR 64 East
Bradenton, FL

Chris’s Party:
Immediately following the Celebration of Life:
102 48th Street
Holmes Beach, FL

Dress Code:
Now that you have the date, time, and location, I need to share with you the most important detail of the day….the DRESS CODE!

Direct quote from Christopher John:

“I want y’all to have a party with burgers, at sunset on the beach. I want everyone to wear shorts and flip flops.”

So, to honor Chris, this IS the attire for his Celebration of Life and Sunset Beach Party immediately following. If you show up in a suit and tie at the service or party, we’ll have big burley YoungLife kids on-hand to escort you out for being overdressed. Kidding! Sort of.

Kellie did, however, make one caveat: The women can wear a sundress if they prefer, but only with flip flops! Now before you say, “that’s not what Chris wanted,” let’s be honest, if the hot brunette (Chris’s affectionate name for Kellie) wanted to wear a sundress, Chris would’ve been totally OK with that! The point being….Chris was the most down to earth, casual, easy-to-be-around, low key guy. He loved the outdoors, and if he wasn’t in workout or biking clothes, he was in shorts and flip flops. He wouldn’t want us showing up in anything else!

In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to:
6469 Parkland Drive
Sarasota, FL 34243
Or online at www.thejoyfm.com
Please note on check or online: In honor of Chris Hughes

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate Chris next Friday. He was a loving husband to Kellie. A devoted dad to Hope and Caroline. A fantastic father-in-law to Kip. A faithful brother to Cynthia and Jimmy. A cherished son to his parents. He was an uncle, a brother-in-law and a loyal friend to many. But most importantly, He was a child of God. It’s been such a gift to Kellie to hear so many of you share with her how Chris not only impacted your life in a real tangible way, but in eternal ways too. Chris loved kids! He loved people!! And he loved Jesus. We will celebrate all of this next Friday. Kellie and the family look forward to seeing you.

The Meat Monkeys at St. James will be providing the burgers and condiments.
If you would like to help with a side dish, please contact:
Pam Dickinson at sdickin1@tampabay.rr.com.

If you’d like to send Kellie a card you can mail to:

Kellie Hughes
c/o The JOY FM
6469 Parkland Drive
Sarasota, FL 34243


6 Responses to “Celebrating Chris”

  1. Connie Hunt April 4, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    Sure wish I could be there (even though I didn’t know Chris and don’t yet know Kellie). But, there’s just no way for me to take that time off from work. Have an awesome party!!!!!

    • Debbie April 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

      ok, I saw where it is at 2 at Bayside. I am guessing cookout is right after, is that right?

  2. Emily Gallentine April 5, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    Thank you Carmen for planning this for Mr. Chris and all of the amazing Hughes family. This sounds exactly like what he would ask for. I’m crying as I write this as I have so much love for this precious family, but also thankful that he is with our Creator/Father/King for eternity. What an honor to have known this amazing man. Praying and sending my love from San Diego and I’ll def. wear my flip flops in his honor on April 12th.

  3. Marti Woznicki April 9, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    This sounds perfectly fitting, see you all Friday!

    • Brian Cunningham April 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      I will see you all; might be a bit late as I get off of work at 3:30pm.

  4. Errol and Evelyn April 12, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

    Just a note since we can’t be there- Chris was a great, GREAT man- the world is a lesser place without him and the spirit of life and love that he brought to it. I hope that everyone will do a random act of kindness in honor of Chris, and his brother Jim, who passed away just a few months earlier. God bless them both, they are probably in Heaven on a long bike-ride somewhere we can’t even imagine.

    I agree whole-heartedly on flip-flops and a celebration- it’s the way Chris would have wanted it! Let’s all celebrate that we had a chance to know Chris, rather than mourn his loss, and know that we and many others will be there in spirit with you all.

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