Christopher John Hughes


Christopher John HughesJune 8, 1964 - March 31, 2013

Christopher John Hughes
June 8, 1964 – March 31, 2013

Today is Easter Sunday. Today is also the day that Christopher John’s faith has become his sight. He is now in paradise. As hard as it is, how fitting that it be on Easter Sunday. Kellie feels so much peace that God called him home on this day. We’re pretty sure he’s already on his bike cruising the streets of gold!  Without question, all of us are so heartbroken, but we are incredibly grateful that we can grieve – and are grieving – with HOPE.  Thank you, Jesus for this gift. We’re clinging to it.  Please hold Kellie, Hope, Caroline, Cynthia, and Chris’ parents tightly in your prayers these next few days and weeks to come.

Kellie has asked me to communicate a few things to everyone. And I thought this might be a good place, in addition to Facebook. The outpouring of love and support is overwhelming to her. She told me several times today she literally can feel your prayers in an inexplicable, supernatural way.

We WILL be throwing a party for Chris! He gave us very explicit instructions, right down to the dress code. {More on that when we confirm all the details.} But, when you hear what he wants, you’ll nod your head and say, “yep, that’s Chris!”

For planning purposes:

Chris’ Memorial Service/Party will be in Bradenton. Kellie has a date in mind, but I need to call the church tomorrow to confirm availability. It will be in a week or so.

Chris requested that in lieu of flowers, he wants folks to make a donation to The JOY FM. The address is 6469 Parkland Drive, Sarasota, FL 34243.  Of course this sounds suspicious coming from me, but I promise you it is true! Chris listened all the time, and via his app when they moved. Kellie said she really doesn’t want people spending money on flowers. She’ll be leaving Atlanta in a few days headed this way.

If you have a favorite picture of you and Chris, please email the pic to

As soon as we confirm all the details in the next few days, I will post ASAP, so you can make travel plans.

Kellie sends her love and gratitude to each of you. She feels your love and support.



10 Responses to “Christopher John Hughes”

  1. Alice Hendrix April 1, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Thank you Carmen for your love and posts! I’m keeping Kellie, the girls and Chris’ family in my prayers. Also your hubby Pete! Know that he and Chris were good friends! Can’t wait to celebrate the amazing man’s life at his Celebration of Life service! Chris and his brother are cycling the streets of gold! Heaven received a a truly Godly man today! Our loss… heaven’s gain!
    I smile knowing that Chris left this earth on Easter! It’s so Chris and I know he was embraced by our Jesus!
    Love to you and your family and to the Hughes’!!

    God Bless,
    Alice Hendrix

  2. Marti Woznicki April 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Love you, Girl. You are always such a rock in the storms of life! Kellie is lucky to have you by her side. I know you will make it a fun, and special time for all and will honor both Chris and Christ in a beautiful way. I’m counting on you to call me if I can help in any way, I’m very flexible in my time these days, and have two home bases now, so use me if you can!!!

  3. Connie Hunt April 1, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Praying for YOU as well as all those who loved Chris. As I said on FaceBook….

    May the joy of Chris’s life provide comfort against the grief of your loss.

    Love you bunches!


  4. Brian Boyer April 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    To Chris’ family….. very sorry to hear about your loss. I wasn’t aware he was ill. I remember being jealous of his energy to ride his bike for miles and miles. My thoughts go out to his family.

  5. Andrea "Andi" O'Neil April 1, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    I just wanted to send a TON of hugs to Kellie and the girls! I feel blessed to have met such a wonderful couple! They truly have touched my life and my daughter’s too! Chris, God really did make an AWESOME man to have walked this earth. Even though it was short lived, he did amazing work in the name of God! God Bless!
    Lots of love in His name,

  6. Joanne Cook April 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    Carmen, know my prayers are with you, Kellie, & the family. They are so blessed to have you in their lives. It’s been a blessing hearing you speak of such a wonderful Godly man. May God’s comfort surround you all today and in the days that lay ahead.


  7. Sandi Burke April 2, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    Dear Carman, Thank you so much for keeping us informed about Chris and Kellie. They are loved by so many of us and this is one way to let us know without it being on Kellie. This morning on my way to school although what you said brought tears to my eyes it also brought a smile to my heart. I luv how real and open you are by sharing your honest feelings. You are a special blessing to us all that brings peace, joy, and hope during a painful time. My heart and prayers will continue for Kellie, the girls, Chris’s sister,and parents. Also for all their wonderful friends and the young people whose lives were change because of Chris and Kellie and their love for the Lord.

  8. Sharon Casaccia Kyte April 3, 2013 at 2:40 am #

    Chris Hughes I’m sending you a prayer up to heaven. I just want everyone to know that Chris was such an awesome man!!! He was my Oakley rep….for years…such a wonderful person who always had a smile on his face. I can still hear him say, “Sharonnnnn” When he came to see me at Designing Eyes!!! Chris was always upbeat and positive….Helpful and kind…always talked about his wonderful family and had good GODLY advice for me when I needed it….He was encouraging to me when I went thru a rough time in my life and lent me a book called JOSHUA…..I could not put it down….I can not say enough about his good heart and I know that he is one of the Lord’s favoites..Chris I know that you were a positive influence to many people here on earth as God intended for you to be and you will be missed greatly!!!!
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  9. Marilyn Hernandez April 4, 2013 at 1:21 am #

    Only met him once when he came in the store with Joey and there was something different about him not only that we could share a story about a ugly illness that we had in common but also the strength of mind that was involved to survive and what we could do about it. I’m so sorry to here about your lost but I’m pretty sure that he is in a better place now. My prayers have been with you since I found out a couple of weeks ago thought Joey and they will continue to be with you. May god bless your family and give you the strength to go on..

  10. Steph Miles April 5, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    Thanks for the beautiful blog post. I too had know idea that Chris was ill, so this was a real shock. He was a wonderful person with a welcome smile and a kind (and fit) heart. I’m so glad to have been a part of his life and he a part of mine. Thoughts and prayers go out to Kellie and the girls. I’ll try to make it to the celebration if I’m able to get away from work.
    Always in His grip!

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