Died December 2004

Chester HughesThe following memorial was contributed by members of the Nashville Music City USA chapter of ARMA International.

We remember our colleague, Chester Hughes, who passed from this life in December, 2004 after a short illness. He began his career with the State of Tennessee in 1984 as a records analyst and records manager, before his promotion to Director in 1994. He worked diligently to provide quality service to his customers within the state government, always mindful that he was to reduce cost wherever possible. He was a graduate of the 1996 Tennessee Government Executive Institute.

At the time of his death, Chester was an active member of the Nashville Music City USA Chapter of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators (ARMA). He previously served as the president of the chapter as well as serving on the Board of Directors. He also served as the chair of the Programs and Legislative committees and was recognized as the 1999-2000 Chapter Member of the Year.

Chester was a veteran of the US Army and served in Vietnam. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Memphis. He was a member of the Victory Church in Nashville and served on the Board of Directors for the Victory Empowerment Center.

Chester is survived by his wife Helen and his daughters Jameel and LaTia and one grandson.

Through the years, Chester was proud of his many roles as husband, father, grandfather, son, neighbor, friend, boss and City Councilman. He worked long and hard to win the 3rd District seat on the Metro Council. On election night, many friends and family gathered to congratulate a thankful, tearful and exuberant Chester. It is with regret that the news media did not hear his acceptance speech because it typical Chester. It showed his compassion, his exuberance and his humbleness. He said that winning this election should be an example to all that we can all rise to any occasion no matter the circumstance and no matter where we come from. We should take risks. We should step out of our comfort zone to do what is right and what seems impossible.

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