Burnis Josephine Hughes, 84, of New DeRoche passed away December 30, 2017. Burnis was born January 23, 1933 to the late Jasper and Bethina Lofton Parish in Saginaw, Arkansas. Burnis was a retiree from Degray State Park and a homemaker whom enjoyed being outside taking care of her garden. She was a wonderful, nurturing Nanny to all her grandchildren and also loved to fish and listen to music. She was a member of Prairie Bayou Church of Christ and cherished her time spent with her church family. Burnis with her devotion and huge heart loved her family immensely and will be greatly missed.
Burnis is preceded in death by her parents, Jasper and Bethina Parish, her husband, RJ Hughes, her son, Russell Hughes, her brother, Wendall (Buddy) Parish, her sister, Anna Vee Dyer and her daughter-in-law, Cindy Hughes.
Burnis is survived by her sons, Tony Hughes and Jerry Hughes both of New DeRoche; her daughter, Susan McKin and her husband Dennis of New DeRoche; and her grandchildren, Brian Clements of Bismarck; Mason Hughes and Evan Hughes both of New DeRoche; Tara Smith of Haskell; and Kerry Clements of Alexander. She also leaves behind 8 great-grandchildren.
A Visitation for Burnis will be held Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 6-8 P.M. at Atkinson Funeral Home in Malvern. Funeral Services will be held Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at Prairie Bayou Church of Christ with Brother Jim Gourley officiating. Pallbearers will be Brian Clements, Evan Hughes, Steven Smith, Mason Hughes, Mark McClard and Brandon Hughes. Interment will be at Prairie Bayou Cemetery.
The Hughes family would send a special THANK YOU to the staff at Arkansas Hospice Care.
Dear Tony, Mason, Tara, and Evan. So sorry to hear about Burnis. To lose a mom or grandmother is so heartbreaking. We never really get over it , we just learn to cope. Losing Dad is just as tough, but mom's seems to hold a special place in our hearts. We are thinking of you and wish we could take your grief away.
Send prayers for the family. I just found out about your loss. Your Mother was always very special to me and I always loved the popcorn balls she used to make when i was young enough to Trick-R-Treat. She will be deeply missed.