Crowd Attends Jacob Hughes Road Dedication and Greenwing Event - March 6, 2014
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During the Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Greenwing event held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, a memorial road dedication was held in honor of Jacob Hughes. Hughes died as the result of a car crash that occurred in College Station on September 18, 2011.
During the dedication event, Will Blackshear thanked the Sabine River Authority, and Shelby County Ducks Unlimited for allowing them to put the event together.
"Me and Jacob, we've known each other our whole lives. We started playing t-ball together when we were about five years old. We continued being teammates all through high school," said Blackshear. "As we got older, passions changed. We didn't play as much ball, we hunted, we fished, we were outside. That's what we loved doing. Me and Huey (Jacob Hughes) all our buddies, that's what we did, that's what we still do."
Blackshear continued to share memories of growing up with his friend "Huey" and experiences that he and his friends had together. He said that Hughes was one of the most energetic and passionate people that he has ever known and that he gave his all for anything that he was involved in.
"Jacob loved the outdoors, we honor him each year at our annual Shelby County Ducks Unlimited Banquet, it's every September," said Blackshear. "Numerous contributions we're able to do. This monument here today we're going to continue honoring him every year."
Blackshear stated that Hughes is now a lifetime member of the Shelby County Chapter of the Ducks Unlimited.
Lance Hughes, Jacob's father, thanked everybody for attending the event. He said that it meant a lot to him and to his family, and he thanked all involved for their contribution and presence.
Blackshear explained that the road where the dedication was held leads through the North Toledo Bend Wildlife Management Area to the Ducks Unlimited Project.
"It's always been known as the Sabine River Authority Road or North Toledo Bend Wildlife Management. From this day, it will be known as the Jacob Hughes Memorial Road, for our friend Huey," said Blackshear.
Blackshear and family members of Hughes then unveiled the memorial for all to see.
Following the dedication, area youth attended the Greenwing event learning about conservation and received goodie bags to help educate them about wildlife and gun safety. Those under 18 attending received free Greenwing memberships.
Photo: (L to R) Holly Hughes, Lance Hughes, David Koonce, Yazoo Thomas, Bridget Hughes, and Nathan Phelps - A very heart felt moment of the 2012 D.U. Banquet was when the Hughes Family was presented a plaque in memory of Jacob Hughes for their contribution to D.U. in memory of Jacob. Jacob Hughes was a senior wildlife and fisheries science major when he perished in a fatal wreck on Sunday, September 18, 2011 at the age of 22. David Koonce, Yazoo Thomas, and Nathan Phelps presented the plaque to Jacob's parents, Lance and Bridget Hughes, and his sister, Holly Hughes. The crowd gave a long standing ovation in honor of Jacob Hughes and his family.