Longtime Selma Farmer defined by faith, family and friendship

Published 8:25 am Thursday, January 20, 2022

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Five words best describe Brandon McHugh: family, faith, friendship, farming and fishing.

McHugh passed away peacefully at his home Tuesday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He will be laid to rest on Friday at Elkdale Baptist Church as Dr. Cory Horton and Dr. Travis Coleman officiating and Lawrence Brown-Service Funeral Home directing.

McHugh is survived by his wife of 19 years, Kimberly Blackmon McHugh; their children, Keenan Lee McHugh, Carson Delaney McHugh, Ellis Anne McHugh and Cannon Henderson McHugh; mother, Annie M. (Craig) Friday; father Tommy R. McHugh.; sister, Tammy McHugh (Hart) Sims.

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Born on June 15, 1974 in Selma, McHugh is known as owner of McHugh Farms. Friends remember McHugh as a versatile farmer, especially corn, peanuts, soybeans and cotton.

McHugh also loved the outdoors, whether it was fishing, farming or hunting, forestry land and wildlife management.

Social media is filled with memories of McHugh, a 1992 graduate of Meadowview Christian School.

“We all loved Brandon so much, his beautiful blue eyes and that contagious smile I’ve known since he and Will were just little boys,” Tina Ferrell said. “May he live forever in our hearts and may the Lord carry the family through this next journey of life.”

Added Selma resident Robby Persinger: “Brandon was loved by so many and will live in every one he touched.”

Marmaduke, Arkansas farmer Cliff Carter credited McHugh with impacting his life.

“His faith helped me through a time I would have never gotten through without Brandon being a “true friend” when all along he thought I was helping him, he was helping me,” Carter said.

Former Classmate Heather Lyons remembers McHugh for his warmth and sense of humor.

“Brandon was one of the funniest, sweetest, always smiling and joking, handsome guys you could meet, he was one of my best guy friends and was always there for everyone,” Lyons said.