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Mrs. Emma Ruth Griffin Hughley, 81 of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019. She was a faithful member of the Greater Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, and served in several ministries.  She was a 1955 graduate of Howard High School and Chattanooga State College, where she received her degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  She retired from SunTrust Bank after 35 years of service.

Mrs. Hughley was preceded in death by parents, Melvin and Lillie Griffin; sisters, Buena Overstreet and Thelma Houston; brother Melvin Griffin, Jr.; and granddaughter, Robin Renee Evans.

She leaves to cherish her memories, sister, Mrs. Ethel L. Willingham; sons, Elder Delford L. (Grace) Hughley, Sr., Minister Steven M. (Rhonda) Hughley, Sr.; God-son, Eddie (Sheila) Caheely; daughters, Charita Hughley, Minister Janet (Michael) Wordlaw and Rev. Dr. Angela R. Evans; grandchildren whom she raised, Ruthie, Stephon and Kevin Hughley; also 18 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Griffin Heath; caregiver, Annie Gaines; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Hughley will lie in state after 12 noon Monday, July 29, 2019, and the family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in the funeral home chapel.  A funeral service will be held at 12noon Tuesday, July 30th at the Greater Saint John Missionary Baptist Church, 4401 Ohls Avenue, Pastor Timothy Sykes, Officiant; Elder Delford L. Hughley, Sr., Eulogist. Interment:  Hamilton Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 423-622-9995.

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  • Thursday, July 25, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ John P. Franklin Funeral Home
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019
    To Pastor Hughley and Family ardent servant of God and inspiration to so many our sympathy and fervent prayers May God comfort and keep each of you in a special way in his divine will.
    ~ Rev. Dr.Samuel Spence Montgomery Sr.   Philadelphia, PA
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019
    Angela and family I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. Losing the ones who have taught you so much about life is hard but their memories remain in your hearts forever. You all are in my prayers. My Jesus give you peace of heart and heal the hurt.
    ~ Gracelia Moore   Chattanooga, TN
  • Friday, July 26, 2019
    A light has gone out of our lives, but our happy memories remain. Wishing you peace and comfort. And wishing you the courage to face the days ahead. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May these flowers in some way help to express our sympathy and support. Sharing in your sorrow. You will continually be in our prayers with Love Madea and the entire Evans Family in Oakland, Ca
    ~ The Evans Family   Oakland, CA
  • Friday, July 26, 2019
    To Pastor Hughley my favorite brother in law and Family, It’s terrible to hear about your loss and I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family words, however kind, can’t mend your heartache, but those who care for you share your grief and wish you comfort and peace of mind. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you. Please remember that you are not alone… We are always here for you. Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved one. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of your mother be at peace with our Heavenly Father.
    ~ Elaine Evans & Allain Barfield   Oakland, CA
  • Sunday, July 28, 2019
    Sending you all prayers for strength and comfort in this time of sorrow. Emma will be missed by everyone who has known her. She opened her heart and home to so many over the years and so many lives have been touched and changed over the years...my own included. I love you all so much. I am praying for each of you.
    ~ Tomi White   Chattanooga, TN
  • Sunday, July 28, 2019
    No one can prepare you for a loss,it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that she is now resting in the arms of our Lord. Know that when we lose a loved one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us.Take comfort in knowing that you have an angel to watch over you now. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
    ~ Ragon Duke   Chattanooga, TN
  • Monday, July 29, 2019
    Ethel Willingham I am sorry for the loss of your sister and am praying for comfort, strength and peace for you and the family.
    ~ Joyce Dawson   Stone Mountain, GA
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2019
    Angela, I am so very sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. I will most definitely miss seeing her sweet smile every morning on the bus. I wish I had some magic words to comfort you at this time, but I know that you are very well acquainted with the Great Comforter who will provide what you need. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Sharron Sims McClarty
    ~ Sharron Sims McClarty   Chattanooga, TN