Albert Howard Hughes Jr., 71, of Selma, passed away on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.
Albert was born on April 24, 1949 in Somerset, KY to the late Albert Howard and Gloria P. (Slaven) Hughes. He was a 1968 graduate of Wapahani High School. Albert was a Sergeant in the United States Army where he served as a M-60 machine gunner and paratrooper in the 82nd and 101st Airborne in the Vietnam War. Albert earned his bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in Biology and Natural Resources in 1985. He had worked for Westinghouse, Johnny Morris Body Shop, and was co-owner of Tony and Al’s Bearcat Lounge. Albert was a member of the Selma American Legion, Whitney Masonic Lodge, Rolling Thunder, and the PAL Club. He was a 1974 Golden Gloves Champ and went on to become a professional boxer for 20 years. On December 14, 2019 Albert fought in and won his last professional fight at the age of 70, earning his spot in the Guinness Book of World Records as the oldest professional boxer in honor of his late son.
Albert is survived by three daughters, Mariah Groves (David) of Deer Park, TX, Amanda Moles (Mike) of Parker City, and Angela Hughes (Caleb Martin) of Farmland; son, William Bowen (Mindy Bays) Richwood, OH; brother, Monty Hughes of Muncie; six grandchildren, Christian Fincher, Memphis Groves, Layla Hughes, Christopher Hughes, Henry Adkins Jr., and Quintin Bowen; niece, Allison Hughes; three nephews, Adam, Andrew, and Brian Hughes; and sister-in-law, Sara Carter Hughes.
Albert was preceded in death by a son Albert Howard Hughes III; and two brothers, Steve A. Hughes and Randall S. Hughes.
A funeral service to celebrate Albert’s life will be held at 6:00 pm Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at Gant Funeral Homes – Yorktown Chapel, 2215 S. Broadway St., Yorktown, IN 47396. Military honor’s will be conducted by the Veterans of Delaware County Honor Guard. Cremation will follow services.
Friends and family may gather to share and remember from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm Wednesday at Gant Funeral Homes – Yorktown Chapel.
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