SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Albert W. “Nick” Hughes Jr., of Sandy Springs and White Plains, Ga., passed away Friday, Jan. 5, due to the progressive effects of kidney and heart disease.

He was born Jan. 14, 1935, in Atlanta, Ga., son of Albert W. Hughes and Edith Bivins Hughes. He graduated from Edward Little High School in Auburn (1952) and from Duke University in 1956, with a degree in business administration. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School during the early 1970s.

In 1957, Nick married Janice Tufts, and they were married for 58 years before her passing in 2015. He worked for the Coca-Cola Co. for 40 years in various capacities: sales, marketing, purchasing, as president of Coca-Cola/Japan and as project manager for construction of the World of Coca-Cola Pavilion. His work took him (and Janice) to St. Louis, San Antonio, Atlanta, Tokyo, Chicago and back to Atlanta. He served as Coca-Cola’s liaison to United Way and as director of the Minority Purchasing Council.

Nick enjoyed many hobbies: travel, golf, woodworking, hunting and, most of all, his children and their families. He was an elder of the Northwest Presbyterian Church and member of the Greene County Country Club.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Hughes Danforth (husband David), of Sandy Springs, Ga.; their son, Jason Danforth; her sons, David and Cody Clegg; and by his son, Thomas Scott Hughes (wife Laura), of St. Louis, Mo., and their children: Sarah Hughes Wilson (husband Strother), Taylor Hughes (wife Alexandria) and Zachary Hughes; and by his brother, Stephen Thomas Hughes, of New York, N.Y.; along with many beloved cousins.

Albert W. Hughes Jr.

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