Hughes, Nathaniel “Nat” Cheairs, Jr.

Former GPS Headmaster, Historian And Author

Friday, December 14, 2012
Dr. Hughes
Dr. Hughes

Nathaniel “Nat” Cheairs Hughes, Jr., Ph.D., former headmaster of Girls Preparatory School, and beloved member of the Chattanooga community, died Wednesday morning at the age of 81. 

A native of Chattanooga and life-long history student, Dr. Hughes received his B.A. in history from Yale University in 1953, a master’s degree and his doctorate degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1956.

Dr. Hughes was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant, where he served 2 years as an amphibious tank commander.  He reached the rank of Captain while serving in the Marine Corps Reserve.

He began his educational career in 1959, serving for three years at the Webb School in Bell Buckle, TN, where he coached and taught history and English.  He was appointed headmaster of St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, TN in 1962, where he served for more than 11 years, helping the school grow and prosper.

In 1973, Dr. Hughes moved with his wife and three children to Chattanooga and became headmaster of GPS, where he served faithfully for 14 years.  In 1986, he was presented the William R. “Old Sawney” Webb Award “in honor of his distinguished career as a headmaster.”

Upon retiring in 1987, Dr. Hughes turned to his passion for history and writing.  He has authored 35 books, including fiction and non-fiction, and in 2000 was awarded the Charles L. Defour Award for a lifetime of achievement in the historiography of the American Civil War.

Dr. Hughes served as a lay reader in the Episcopal Church and as a vestryman in three parishes.  He has been a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Chattanooga since 1973.  He was a member of the Tennessee Historical Society and the Southern Historical Association and was past-President of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools.

He is survived by his wife, Buckner Latimore Hughes; and children Frank (D’Arcy), Lookout Mountain; David (Kathaleen), Chattanooga; and Sam (Mitzi), Omaha, NE; and grandchildren, Kelsey, David Jr., Nathan, Scott, Mary, Adam and Samantha.

Services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Chattanooga on Tuesday, Dec. 18. 

A visitation will begin at 3 p.m. with the service at 4 p.m.


Wimpee, Nyrene Quinn

Nyrene Quinn Wimpee, 91, of Rossville, died on Friday, August 26, 2016 in a local hospital. Mrs. Wimpee was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga and north Georgia area and a member of Chattanooga First Church of the Nazarene.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark Stanley Wimpee, son, Steven Wimpee, and six siblings. Survivors include her daughters, ... (click for more)

Dobbs, William "Bill" Parks

William Parks “Bill” Dobbs, Jr., died on Thursday, August 25, 2016, at his home in East Ridge.  He was born March 26, 1943, in Chattanooga to parents William Parks, Dobbs and Alma Gluck Peterson Dobbs. He was their second child; his two sisters are Sandra Lynn D. (Ray) Collins of Snellville, Ga., and Mary Ellen D. (Ray) Campbell of Mansfield, Ga. He is survived ... (click for more)

Ramsey, Lloyd Wayne (Whitwell)

Lloyd Wayne Ramsey, 75, of Whitwell, Tennessee, passed away Friday, August 26, 2016.   He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter J.C. & Genevieve Ramsey; son, Michael Ramsey; and brother, Paul Ramsey.   Mr. Ramsey was a member of Mineral Springs Church of God. He was retired from Berkline Assembly.  He is survived by his wife of ... (click for more)

Swanson, Jamie (Benton)

Jamie Swanson, 44, of Benton, Tennessee, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Tennova Healthcare in Cleveland, TN.    He loved Polk County High School sports and attended all the sporting events.  He was an honorary member of Mt. View Baptist Church and was loved by everyone.          He is survived by mother, Liz ... (click for more)

Maryville Police Department's Kenny Moats Was The Officer Slain Thursday

Officer Kenny Moats of the Maryville Police Department was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call on Thursday.  Officer Moats was with the department for over nine years and was currently serving as a drug enforcement agent. Assistant Commissioner David Purkey said, "It is with heavy heart that I express my condolences to the family and friends of ... (click for more)

Auto Burglary Thwarted In Bradley County

A man has been arrested in Bradley County, after attempting to steal a vehicle. On Thursday, Deputy Jessica Morgan observed a silver truck in a church parking lot on South Lee Highway. While checking the premises, Dep. Morgan observed a male wearing a black tank top and red shorts exiting the rear window of the cab into the bed of the truck. Once the suspect noticed Dep. Morgan, ... (click for more)