He spent the next several years forging lifelong friendships, making a name for himself on wrestling mats nationwide, and gaining the reputation as an athletic, laid back young man with incredibly infectious laughter. Scott was a proud member of the original "loungers" at Del City High School, where he and his beloved buddies graduated in 1982. After high school, Scotty enlisted in the United States Army, becoming a paratrooper with tie 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He furthered his wrestling career as a member of the All Army Wrestling team stationed at Ft. Dix, N.J. During his time on active duty, Scott married and became father to Brody Scott Hughes in 1984, and Cody James Hughes in 1986. Upon his release from active duty, Scott continued his military career with the 95th Army Reserve Division in Midwest City, as a U.S. Army Drill Instructor. He proudly retired with 20 years of decorated military service to his country.
Scotty was an Oklahoma City firefighter assigned to the red shift out of Station 14. He began his fire-fighting career in Del City in 1988, moving to the Oklahoma City department a few years later. His almost 20 years of service to his community included firefighter, instructor, and EMT. He received recognition for his search and rescue missions after both the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Murrah building and the aftermath of the May 3 Tornado.
Scotty was loved by many friends and family and will be greatly missed. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Alfred and Ronnie Hughes, and Harry and Lois Wagoner, all of Altus; and his father, Tommy Dee Hughes.
He is survived by his son, Brody Scott Hughes, daughter-in-law, Jennifer Hughes, grandson, Kaden Cole Hughes; son, Cody James Hughes; his mother, Donna Gail Hughes; two brothers, Kent Hughes and Brent Hughes; sister-in-law, Stephanie Hughes; nephews, Braidon, Bryson, Brock; and aunt, Vicki Avant; as well as, loving cousins and a host of friends that will never forget the gracious and unassuming man whose life touched so many. Scotty was very proud of his sons, Brody, a combat veteran Marine, and Cody, an outdoor television personality. He loved them very much.
He was passionate about his family, his friends, his country, and most of all, his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, whom above all he truly desired to serve. Be at peace now Scotty.
A celebration of the life of Scott Hughes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., today at Candlewood Chapel. Funeral Services are at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 8 at Sunny Lane Family Church, under the direction of Ford Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Sunny Lane Cemetery in Del City.