Hughey Frank Stephens, Sr., age 61, a lifelong resident of Pike County, Alabama, passed away Friday, September 18, 2020, following a brief illness. A graveside service will be held, Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Hepzibah Baptist Church Cemetery with Reverend Rick Hayes officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Allen, Buck Campbell, Alan Hatten, Anthony Everage, David Bradford, and Ned McLendon. Green Hills Funeral Home directing.
Hughey grew up in the Goshen community where he attended school until he was just old enough to take a job with Anderson Peanuts and see the fruits of his labors in a paycheck. He made his way there, learning as much as he could about business, and teaching himself the finer skills of mechanical work. In 1981, he branched out and opened his first Texaco station in the familiar Highway 231 location next to the Double Branch Lounge. It was there that people first learned to say, “take it to Hughey’s!” In 1984, he had the opportunity to move the service station business to a corner of South Brundidge Street, where he had been restoring and reviving cars and trucks for the community for 36 dedicated years. When he wasn’t fixing something, he enjoyed the ripple of a good fishing hole, camping in the comforts of nature, or a trip to Sam’s Club to stockpile all the necessities. He appreciated a handful of juicy hamburger, the buttery bitterness of a bowl of rutabagas, and all the sweet treats of the South. Hughey was, what they call around here, “a real character.” He was a real friend too. He might not be around town to pinch cheeks or ask if “you call me?” or to “heared that,” but you might be able to catch up with him somewhere, someday, maybe in Florida.
Mr. Stephens is survived by his children, Hughey Frank Stephens, Jr. (CJ) and Angela Suddith; grandchildren, Lexie Stephens, Devan Suddith, Braxton Wilkins, and Carson Senn; great-grandchild, Khada Toney; wife, Sandra Stephens; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joel Thomas Stephens and Minnie Campbell Stephens; daughter, Sandy Marie Stephens, and father-in-law, Tim Langley.
In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be made in his honor to the American Heart Association Southeast Chapter (American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association PO Box 840692 Dallas, TX 75284-0692). Friends and family can sign the guestbook online at www.greenhillsfuneralhome.net. The staff of Green Hills Funeral Home is honored to serve the Stephens family.