Hughes celebrates 90th birthday

Published 1:30 am Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jeff D. Hughes Jr., retired Crown Zellerbach executive and longtime resident of Bogalusa, celebrated his 90th birthday recently when he was honored with a brunch hosted by his children, Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Jeff Hughes III and his wife Lisa; attorney Paul Hughes, with the firm Talley, Anthony, Hughes and Knight, and his wife Anne; and Barbara Hughes Favre, a longtime teacher with the East Baton Rouge School System. His wife, Betty, their grandchildren and other family members joined them.

A native of Hammond, Hughes is the great-great grandson of the city’s founder, Peter Hammond.

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific, including the Battle of Okinawa. He was employed for 51 years by Gaylord Container Corp. and its successor companies, retiring as manager of environmental services and association affairs from Crown Zellerbach. Later, he retired again as a consultant to Weyerhaeuser.

Hughes, who is a member of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources Hall of Fame and a Master Gardener, still attends forestry meetings, hunts and gardens.