Claude Phillip Hughes was the second child and first son born to Annie F. Hughes and the late James P. Hughes on February 12, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York.
At an early age, Claude attended Refuge Church of christ, in Brooklyn, New York. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, which resulted in him being baptized.
Claude was educated in the New York city public school system. He attended several business and trades schools. From 1972-1986, claude was employed with the New York City Fire Department as a Building Inspector until his retirement.
Claude played semi-pro football with the Brooklyn Golden Knights for several years. He was a good role model for his younger brothers.
After suffering a long battle of heart disease, God put His arms around Claude and lifted him to rest.
Claude was preceded in death by his three younger sisters, Loretta, Christina, Elsie and youngest brother, Anthony. Claude leaves to cherish his memories, his mother, Annie Hughes; older sister, Alberta Kenner; two younger brothers, James, Jr. and Earl; sister-in-law, Hazel; brother-in-law, Earl Kenner; three nieces, Venessa Felton, Malaika Hughes-Diallo, and Maisha Albert; one niece-in-law, April Albert, nephew, Rashaun Albert; two nphews-in-law, Marke Felton and Dian Diallo; six great nephews, Marcus and Mitchell Felton, De-Ondrei Mealing, Djibril Diallo, Yamahn and Javon Albert; one uncle, James Whitfield, Sr. and a host of cousins and friends.