Anne Hughes Voyles
Born October 19, 1927 in Gainesville, Florida – went to be with her Lord March15, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. Anne was born to Grinnell and Marian Hughes, along with sisters Marian and Marguerite.
In her early years Anne graduated from P.K. Yonge Laboratory School, and attended Bob Jones College, Stetson University, and the University of Florida. In 1950 Anne married Jim Voyles, and they were blessed with 66 years of marriage, a son Robert, and two daughters, Susan and Carol. They opened Voyles Appliances in 1951, which they managed together successfully until they retired in1997.
Always having a heart for the hungry and needy, Anne spent her retirement volunteering as Director and Board Member at Bread of the Mighty Food Bank, where she counseled, encouraged, and mentored others. Anne had a deep faith and loved God, and would do anything for her family and her friends.
Anne received numerous commendations during her lifetime including the Woman of Distinction Award for a Lifetime of Dedicated Service; the Gainesville Community Service Award for her lifelong involvement in the community; and in 2006 Alachua County declared October 19 as Anne Voyles Day in honor of her exemplary leadership to the ministry of caring for the homeless, the poor, and needy individuals.
Anne was interested in everyone and always had a word of advice or encouragement for all she met. She had a deep faith and loved God, and would do anything for her family and her friends. Anne will be missed by all for her ready smile and laughter, her caring and giving spirit, her fun-loving sense of humor, and her sincere interest in everyone and everything – especially when associated with the Gainesville area.
Anne is survived by her husband Jim Voyles, and their children Robert (Alice) Voyles, Susan (John) Doherty, and Carol (Larry) Powell; grandchildren – Chase (Stacy) Wilkerson, Heather (Jonathan) Lacy, Adam (Erin) Voyles, Brenden (Lacey) Doherty, Cassidy (Anthony) Roberts, Joshua (Alison) Randolph, Kaitlin Doherty; great grandchildren – Christian, Skylar, Luke, Olivia, Carley, Wyatt, Zoe, and Alex; her sister Marian Elliott Bunch; and many special nieces, nephews, and friends – including one of her dearest friends, Marcia Conwell, who loved her as “Mama”.
For those who wish, contributions may be made to Bread of the Mighty Food Bank 325 NW 10th Avenue Gainesville, FL 32601 and Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Blvd Gainesville, FL 32606. There will be a visitation on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home Chapel, where Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday March 22, 2017. Interment will be follow at Evergreen Cemetery.