Vivian Janet McCoy Hughes

Born on January 24, 1943

Departed on May 2, 2020 and resided in Nashville/Bellevue, TN

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Vivian Janet McCoy - Hughes was the eldest child born to James Russell and Addie McCoy on January 24,1943 in Harlem, New York. She adored her younger siblings and loved being a big sister (momma) to her siblings. Vivian spent her summers with her grandmother in Virginia. She looked forward to every summer listening to the wisdom of her grandmother and cooking (learning new recipes). She would later share them with her children in her tin of recipes.

Vivian majored in Typing and Business Machine Operation in High School. Her goal was to make it to IBM school. She graduated from Grace H. Dodge Vocational High School in 1960 in Bronx, New York. To her friends, her nicknames were Vi, Viv, and Vicky.  She was known to be “One of the nicest, sweetest girls around. A riot in everybody’s book”, and it will forever hold true. She went on to attend LaGuardia Community College in Brooklyn NY.

Vivian meet Gene Hughes in Harlem, New York through a mutual friend. They were married August 18,1962 in Brooklyn, NY. Afterwards they made their home in Brooklyn, New York where they raised their children in a house full of friendships, music, laughter and love. Her house was always aglow with music and she instilled the love of music in her children.  Vivian’s favorite time was turning the music up so loud that all of her children would wake up dancing, just in time to get the house cleaned for the week, every Saturday morning. You would think they would sleep in, but the movement in the house was too much to simply stay asleep.  She developed a wealth of friends and she and her family were truly rooted in her community. Her home was a place of fellowship, where family and friends would gather.

Vivian was baptized as one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses on April 11, 1976.  She attended the Van Dyke congregation in Brooklyn, NY and developed lasting friendships.  Her congregation grew and she and her family were transferred to the Sheffield congregation where it blossomed more Christian associates. She was a devoted Christian to the very end. She spent her time serving Jehovah to the fullest and continued to be pillar in the West End congregation in Nashville, TN. Her favorite saying at the end of every discussion was “With Jehovah’s help.”

Vivian spent most of her time working various jobs as a secretary (she could type over 90 wpm), but began working for BMI March 21,1982 in New York, NY. When BMI decided to move her department to Nashville, TN, she and a host of her co-workers made Nashville, TN their new home. Vivian spent the rest of career in Licensing at BMI and gained tremendous joy working for the company until she retired.

Tennessee became her love, but New York will always be her home, and she let everyone know it! Vivian spend her days traveling, serving Jehovah and spending time with her friends and grandchildren (Nana). She attended every dance recital, game and events for her grandchildren. Her family will definitely miss her wisdom, laughter, love and overall presence of their life. Mother, with Jehovah’s help, we will get through this time of sorrow. Until we meet in Paradise.

Vivian is preceded in death by her son Gene E. Hughes, daughter- in- law Joyce Hughes; and Gene Hughes, former spouse. Vivian leaves the following to remember her in grace and love, her son Kevin R. Hughes and daughter- in- law Kathy Hughes; her son Reginald W. Hughes and daughter-in-law Stephania Miller-Hughes; her daughter Sabrina J. Hughes-Tate and son- in- law John Tate. Her sister Margaret Hubbard, Rosalyn Francis and brother-in-law Daniel Francis and brother James McCoy and sister-in-law Desiray McCoy; her ten grandchildren (chronological order) Robin, Ebonee, Alex, Bianca, Justice, Candace, Zion, Micah H., Madisyn, Micah T., and one great grandchild Keyrrea, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. We love you mom, nana, grandma, sister, cousin and friend, you will be missed!

Lovingly Submitted,

The Family


The Family of Vivian J. Hughes, would like to express our heartfelt appreciation and gratitude for every prayer, act of love, flowers, messages, cards, and kindness extended to us during this season of bereavement.



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25 Comments to Ms. Vivian Janet McCoy Hughes

  1. Jo Ann and Mark Lundy says:

    Vivian was my friend and sister . She will be missed. She was a delight to be around. Loved her New York accent. She loved her family and friends but most of all her God Jehovah. Her smile would light up a room. Rest In Peace our dear friend till we meet in Paradise.

  2. Lisa, Casey and Kyle Jenkins says:

    To our dear Cousins Sabrina and John ; Today and always May loving memories bring you live, peace and strength.

  3. Laguiya Jordan says:

    We are thinking of you and your family. May your beautiful memories of your mother bring you and your family peace during this difficult time.
    Sending prayers to you and the family.
    Mrs. Jordan and the team!

  4. Jennifer Anderson says:

    Sabrina, I am holding you in my heart and praying for comfort for your family during this time. Love, Jennifer Anderson

  5. Patricia Shavers Miller says:

    To the Hughes Family
    May God quiet you with his peace, comfort you with his presence & bless you with his love as you rest in Him.

  6. Marcella Michel'e Sills says:

    My beloved Aunt Vivian, how can I say good bye to a woman who has loved me unconditionally my entire life. Our conversations always felt like home; no matter the distance in time or miles. You were always there, just a walk or phone call away! Oh how I miss thee. Aunt Vivian, you were truly the only aunt that I ever knew. How can I say good bye to a woman who has inspired me; a phenomenal woman of integrity, determination, class, brilliance, distinction, intelligence, courage, strength and dedication. Your pneuma was so contagiously warm, and your smile matched your unique laughter; that would light up any venue. Aunt Vivian above all, your loyalty to your family and friends mirrored the transparency of your heart. Never wavering, you openly dedication your life to Jehovah and not once pledged perfection, yet, worked extremely hard to be an erudite woman and a devoured Christian. You were the pillar of our family and the wind beneath everyone’s wings that meet you. Aunt Vivian your dedication and love of Jehovah, our family and the community you served has pave your pathway into Paradise My Lady! My sweet beloved Aunt Vivivan, you’ve left behind a prodigious legacy of greatness! I love and miss you.

    Your beloved,
    Marcella Michel’e Sills {Your Marci}💞🕊💞

  7. Frank @ Rose Fields says:

    Rose @ I have fond memories of sister Hughes
    It was great to hear that she served Jehovah
    down to the end. We send our love and condolence
    to the family We look forward to seeing her again in
    Paradise. John 5:28, 29.

  8. Maggie says:

    Sabrina my heart hurts with hearing this news sending you guys all my love and deepest condolences at this time… love Maggie

  9. Desiray Mccoy says:

    Rest In Peace Vivian 🙏🏾❤️


    There are never enough words… The only words we want to hear is when He calls and Sis Hughes will answer…
    My condolences to Sabrina and the entire Hughes and Tate families. Your mom will be missed!!! Acts 24:15
    Love always, Wendy (New York)

  11. Megan Sparrow says:

    Sabrina, my sympathy to you and your family. Sorry for your loss. Jehovah have your mother in HIS memory. Online Megan Sparrow

  12. Jonathan, Brandi, Javier, Ahmir and Enan Rodriguez says:

    So sorry for your loss. May Jehovah continue to strengthen you in this time of need.

    Jonathan, Brandi, Javier, Ahmir and Enan Rodriguez

  13. Sandra Pullen says:

    Dearest Hughes & McCoy Family. please accept my sincere prayers for your beloved Mom. She is missed but not forgotten. May the GOD of all comfort bring you peace until we see Viv again in paradise. Love you all.

    Sandra Pullen

  14. Gloria Bitting Givens says:

    The Bitting Family sends their love and condolences to the Hughes family. We remember her lovely smile and cheerful disposition. We are looking forward to seeing her again and listening to her children entertaining us with music in the paradise. We are praying for your families endurance until we are all together again.

  15. Ron and June Diaz says:

    My sincere condolences to Reggie Hughes, and your entire family. I’m sure Ms. Vivian is in a better place and watching over all of you.

    Our prayers are with you all. Treasure all those fond memories as we celebrate her life. May Ms. Vivian rest in eternal peace.

    Ron and June Diaz

  16. Arlicia Manson says:

    My condolences to your entire family. I really enjoyed the video. It showed so much of her personality and love for her family. May Jehovah continue to comfort all of you.


  17. Kenneth Carter says:

    I wish to send my condolences from the Carter family 💔 to Hughes family she was like a mother to me she was a special woman.

  18. Carol Webb says:

    Our families bonded growing up together in Brooklyn. Cathy and I remember being especially fond of Vivian’s love of music. She introduced us to artists we still enjoy today. We a absolutely loved being around her. She was always so bubbly and had a beautiful personality. You all have our deepest and sincerest condolences. With Love: Gloria, Carol and Cathy

  19. Caroline Ellis says:

    To my friend and sister…my deepest condolences to you…she will truly be missed…remembering her laughter and ajoy being around her was a blessing….love you Sabrina always

  20. Mary Green says:

    Vivian was a special woman to me because she was my friend and my sister because she loved the same God I do who is Jehovah. Vivian loved company. She would laugh and laugh at things and phrases I would say. She would say things to me such as “where do you come up with all those sayings”? And every time I think of her I can just picture her with those big chuckles and big smiles. She is definitely going to be missed. I look forward to the fulfillment of John 5:28 & 29 when Jesus Christ will call all those in the memorial tombs to come out. I get to see Vivian again!

    Mary Green

  21. Dianne (Collier) Archibald says:

    Vivian Hughes was very close to my family. She lived next door to us in Brownsville Brooklyn in the Van Dyke houses. She and mom became very close friends, in fact my mom studied the Bible with her before she was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Though I was very young at the time, I have fond memories of her and her family. They became more like family than friends. I can still hear her contagious laugh. She was a wonderful bubbly person. She will be missed. My condolences to the family. We will meet her again in paradise.

  22. Faye and Jim Dickson says:

    To you Reggie, we at DPC love you and are so sorry for you loss. Our prayers are with you. Faye and Jim Dickson

  23. Rita Armstrong says:

    My Dear Cousin Rosalyn, James and the entire family,
    I send my sincere condolences to you. May your precious memories bring smiles to your countenance and joy to your hearts. Be encouraged in knowing the comfort that God has for you.

  24. W. M. Pearson says:

    Vivian was a lovely person and sister. She loved life and she loved Jehovah. What a time of rejoicing when all of meet again. May Jehovah bless each of you and give you comfort. Psalms 34:18.

  25. Diana Worrell Mack. says:

    I was so devasted when I finally found out that my friend and spiritual sister was gone. I still can’t believe she is gone. We met in Dodge Vocational H.S. We were in the same class. We remained friends until she passed. I tried to reach her with no success. Then my daughter found her information. Your family have my deepest condolences. I look forward to seeing her again in a world without sickness and death.

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