1940 – 2019
Patricia Ann Fultz Hughes, was born to Blanche Marie Smith and Millard Fillmore Fultz, Jr.on January 20, 1940 on the island of Galveston, Texas. She was known by “Pat” or “Patti” from parents, siblings, and friends. The name “Patsy” was given to her by her beloved husband, David, when they first met at the tender age of 12.
Patsy attended and graduated from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas and graduated college from West Texas State University in Canyon, Texas with a degree in elementary education.
David and Patsy married in August of 1960 in Galveston, Texas and set up home in Navasota, Texas where she taught school while David completed his veterinary education at Texas A&M University.
Patsy and David moved many places throughout their lives together, beginning in College Station, TX, Pampa, TX, Slaton, TX, Knoxville, TN, Memphis, TN, Phoenix, AZ, Sioux City, IA, Lisle, IL, Keller, TX, Marshall, TX, Easley, SC, Grant, AL, Albertville, AL, and finally settling in Madison, AL, at Merrill Gardens Assisted Living. She and David collected many, many friends along their way.
Patsy was a life-long member of the Presbyterian Church and attended The Table services every chance she could, held at Merrill Gardens in Madison, AL.
Patsy was a woman of many talents. She began “the dance” at the young age of three with a desire to become a ballerina and “die at curtain call.” She had a flare for the dramatic and her personality reflected such. She enjoyed entertaining and she raised her children and grandchildren to be prepared with manners fit for the imminent invitation to dine with the Queen.
She was benevolent in every way, always thinking of others and took care of her friends and family in a fiercely devoted way. Her outlook on life and her wit created fun and endearing memories for her family. Her absence creates a tremendous void.
Patsy is preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She leaves behind a daughter and son-in-law, Chele and John Miles of Lester, AL; daughter, Amber Lynn Hughes of Marshall County, AL; grandchildren Joshua and Diana Cleveland, of Ft. Worth TX, Ellerie Christian Cleveland of Temple, GA, Gregory and Sally Spurgeon of Grant, AL, Joseph and Olivia Kauffmann, of Elkmont, AL, Robbie and Allison Bruce, of Chattanooga, TN, and Benjamin and Jae Claire Stoll, of Nashville, TN; great-grandchildren, Ian Cleveland, Kate Cleveland, Levi Cleveland, Hayden Bruce, and Noah Cleveland. She also leaves behind a sister and brother-in-law, A.L. “Bill” and Sylvia Cleveland of Navasota, TX; niece an her husband, Patricia Ann and Morgan Porter of College Station, TX; and nephew and his wife, John Millard and Debbie Cleveland of Navasota, TX; sister-in-law Marilynn O’Neal of Denton, TX; and children, Richard T. O’Neal and Dana O’Neal, Krysta O’Neal and Tucker O’Neal of Lewisville, TX; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Gayla Hughes Lawson and Robert T. Lawson of Austin, TX; and children, Robert T. Lawson Jr. and Lexi Lawson, Guy M. Lawson and Jill Kruse-Lawson, and Ayla Lawson and Niko Lawson.