A bizarre turn of events took the life of a local businessman on his way to a family ski trip in Colorado Feb. 24.
Bob Hughes had stopped to aid a stranded motorist in Kansas when an Arkansas-based semi-truck with trailer jack knifed, striking Hughes and his vehicle, according to official reports.
The 55-year-old certified public accountant with Hughes, Welch and Milligan was traveling through Greenly County in westcentral Kansas, near the Colorado border, when he got out of his 2000 Cadillac to help an Alexandria, Va. woman who was signaling for help from other drivers, according to Officer Herbert Bradley with the Kansas Highway Patrol.
While Hughes was helping the woman, at approximately 12:45 p.m., Willie Green Jr., 64, of Sallisaw, Okla., was driving past and lost control of his vehicle in the blizzard-like weather conditions, Bradley said. Though he attempted to stop, Green's trailer struck Hughes and his vehicle where his wife, Janetta, was a passenger, Bradley said.
Hughes was transported to a hospital in Leoti, Kan., where he later died.
Janetta Hughes was not injured in the incident.
Hughes was born to Robert Joshua Hughes Sr. and Lois Elizabeth Bedell Hughes, Aug. 10, 1951, in Memphis, Tenn.
He was a certified public accountant and co-owner of Hughes, Welch and Milligan of Batesville and Salem. He was known as a respected business man who was proud of his career.
Hughes was a devoted family man with a giving heart. He was a pilot and scuba diver who enjoyed the outdoors, riding motorcycles, duck hunting and conversations about religion and politics.
Hughes is survived by his wife, Janetta Mae (Hix); his sons, Robert Carl Hughes of Jonesboro and Chad Goff of Lowell; his daughter, Erika Magar of Fayetteville; one grandson, Logan Goff; and his sister, Kathleen Wittman of Horseshoe Bend.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Hughes' visitation is set at the Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville on Feb. 28 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Memorial services will be March 1 at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church at Batesville.