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George S. Hughes

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George Hughes was born in Norfolk on August 19 1925.  He attended Maury High School and enlisted in the army during World War II.  He served as an army gunner on a bomber and was involved in twenty two combat missions.  After the war he attended William and Mary where he was a football star earning All Southern Conference Honors.  He was drafted by the NFL Steelers and he played for five seasons.  He left the NFL in 1953 and returned to Norfolk where he ran a hardware store for many years.  During this time he continued to be involved with football as a head and assistant coach for the Norfolk Neptunes and the Ottawa Rough Riders respectively.  He was later inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1983.  In addition to his athletic career, Hughes was also involved in local politics.  He served on the Norfolk School Board from 1961 to 1968 and on the council from 1969 to 1974.



Harry Minium, “Former Norfolk leader, NFL player George Hughes dies at 83,” Tribune Business News, February 6, 2009.  See also Obituary of George Hughes, Virginian Pilot, February 6, 2009.   Photo from Virginian Pilot, February 6, 2009.      

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

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Visitor Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Office hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Free parking inside cemetery.

Admission Cost: Free

Address: 8100 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505

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