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Robert Carl "Robby" Hughes, Jr.

September 24, 1955 — January 21, 2024


Robert Carl "Robby" Hughes, Jr. passed away on January 21, 2024, at the age of 68. He was born on September 24, 1955, in Benton, Arkansas to his loving parents, the late Robert Carl Hughes, Sr. and Katie Ann (McFalls) Hughes. 

Robby was a dedicated man who worked for over 30 years at Kroger. During his time there, he developed special relationships with his coworkers and regular customers. Known for his warm personality and kind heart, Robby had a unique way of connecting with people and making them feel important. 

Robby showed great empathy towards others. He had a remarkable ability to understand their needs and was always willing to lend a helping hand. His compassion extended beyond the workplace; he was actively involved in his community and constantly sought ways to improve the lives of those around him. 

When not working or assisting others, Robby enjoyed fishing and bowling with friends and family.  He was affectionately nicknamed “Coach” by his family team. He found joy in spending time at Pleasant Hill Senior Services, where he could engage in friendly competition and bond with fellow members. 

Beloved by family and friends alike, Robby leaves behind cherished memories that will forever be treasured. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kathy Hughes of Benton, Arkansas; daughter Amanda Mills and husband David of Bauxite, Arkansas; son Eric Hughes and wife Leanna of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren Evelyn Mills and Elijah Hughes; brothers Dr. Alan Hughes and wife Laurie of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Mark Hughes of Benton, Arkansas. Additionally, he leaves behind numerous other relatives and friends who deeply loved him and will forever miss his presence. 

To honor the life of Robert Carl "Robby" Hughes Jr., visitation services will be held on Thursday, January 25th, 2024 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, located at 322 N Market Street, Benton, AR 72015. 

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 26th, 2024, at 10:00 AM at Parkview United Methodist Church, 514 N Border St, Benton, AR 72015. Entombment will follow at Rosemont Cemetery, 1010 Military Rd in Benton, AR 72015. 

Robert Carl "Robby" Hughes Jr. touched numerous lives with his kindness and compassion. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His legacy of empathy and generosity will continue to inspire and guide those who strive to make a positive difference in their communities. 

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to Pleasant Hill Senior Services or to Parkview United Methodist Church in memory of Robert Carl "Robby" Hughes Jr.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, January 25, 2024

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Smith Family Funeral Home Benton

322 N Market Street, Benton, AR 72015

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Funeral Service

Friday, January 26, 2024

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Parkview United Methodist Church

514 N Border St, Benton, AR 72015

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Friday, January 26, 2024

Starts at 11:30 am (Central time)

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