Lillie Katherine "Kitty" Hughes, age 76, of Marion, North Carolina, passed away on Monday, December 24, 2018, at Autumn Care of Marion.

A native of McDowell County, Kitty was born on November 29, 1942, to the late Willie B. Taylor and Gertrude Austin Hughes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Bishop Hughes; two sons, Richard Allen Hughes and Kenneth Lee Hughes; two sisters, Gloria Jennings and Mary Carson; and one brother, Freddie Taylor. Kitty was a member of Yancy Street Baptist Church. She was a volunteer with the McDowell County Senior Center for many years. She enjoyed gardening and antique collecting, but most of all she loved her family.

She is survived by one son, David Hughes (Jackie) of Raleigh, North Carolina; two sisters, Ann Lonon of Morganton and Joan Patrick of Marion and one brother, Donald "Don" Taylor of Sylva. Also surviving Kitty is a granddaughter, Cassie Thomas (Wes) of Cary, North Carolina.

The family will receive friends on Friday, December 28, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Beam Funeral Service. A service to celebrate Kitty's life will take place on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Yancey Street Baptist Church with Reverend Dean Owenby officiating. Interment will follow the service at McDowell Memorial Park.

Flowers are accepted and appreciated, but those wishing to make a donation in Kitty's memory are asked to consider CarePartners-McDowell, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, North Carolina 28813.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Hughes family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website,, or call (828) 559-8111.

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