Hugh Augustus French

Born: Mon., Sep. 13, 1948
Died: Tue., Sep. 22, 2020

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Hugh Augustus French of the Sunnyside community in Cumberland known as Pop to many, as FarmBoy to many others and simply as Mr Hugh to many more, passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at the age of 72. Born September 13, 1948, Hugh is survived by Anita, his wife of nearly 54 years, his sons H.A. (Sandra), Rob (Tina), Jason (Emily), Neal, his grandchildren Chase, John, Luke (Megan), Therie (Cody), Thomas, Sarah-Jane, Billy, Cheyenne and Sierra, his great granddaughter Jordyn, his sister Becky Lou (H. C. Rowan), many nieces and nephews and countless extended family members. He was preceded in death by his parents Billy and Rebecca and grandchildren Mary-Todd and Michael.

Pop, like all of us, was not perfect, but he was the perfect man for the job that the Lord put him on this Earth to complete. Faith, family, farming and hunting: these principles drove Pop throughout his life. He loved more than anything to have his family with him at church. He always wanted his entire family and dear friends surrounding him at every gathering. Nothing made Pop happier than seeing his four sons, his daughters-in-law, his grandchildren and his whole adopted family at the same time. He was always sure to have a picture of all of us at the start of every family dinner surrounding him. Pop never met a stranger and could talk without stop about farming and hunting.

He will be remembered for his infectious smile and laughter, his love of Jesus and his family, and his devotion to all things farming and hunting.

A service will be held at Passion Community Church (PCC), 4480 Anderson Hwy, Powhatan, VA on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 11:00AM. Memorial contributions may be made to Jentzen Franklin Ministries/Israel Project, PCC or Hunters for Hungry. Shorter Funeral Home is serving the family.

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Barbara and Earl Wood
   Posted Thu September 24, 2020
Anita and Boys, we are heart sick over the passing of Hugh. He was such a fine man and oh that smile could win anyone. He is walking the streets of gold, smile beaming brighter than ever, fellowshipping with friends and family and waiting impatiently for each of you. What a wonderful legacy he left for his family.

Herman & Daisy Birdsong
   Posted Thu September 24, 2020
What is death but the freeing of the spirit, that it may rise and go to be with God unencumbered by earthly bounds. (Khalil Gibran)

Michele & Buck & Joey Riner
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
To the entire French family,
It truly saddens me to have heard of this great loss. I was privileged enough to meet Mr. Hugh after he found out that we bought the farm at the other end of Frenchs Store. He told us some good ole stories. He always had a happy go lucky attitude whenever I saw him. My heart and prayers go out to all of you during this time of grief. Miss Anita keep that chin up.

Sisters through christ
Michele Riner

Van and Joanne Petty
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
To Anita and Family:

We were surprised and saddened to hear about the passing of Hugh. You have our sincere sympathy. May God bless and strengthen your family.

Sharon Langhorne
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
To My French family neighbors of many years . I Sharon Langhorne daughter of Lottie Langhorne . Like to send our family condolences from us all. Hugh French, was one great neighbor he often gave my mom fresh vegetables and some deer meat every year. Plus if he couldn't one of his loving family members would do it. God bless us with some great neighbors . Anita his wife with her caring heart was often giving my mom a love gift when she find out my mom and sister couldn't get around. This gave me much joy too know the French family love us so much. Mr. Hugh French always said : If your mom need anything just let me know. With a sincere looking his face . I can him also telling one of his sons to pull me out of the snow one dark night. It was late but not too them they jump suddenly to help me get out that curve where ice was always left in the one spot. I can remember saying to his obedient son orgrandson anyway it was a French. Hugh don't just pull her out .. He said pull her all the way home and back her in that yard too. So I wouldn't get stuck again. That big tractor could pull too . Guess what they didn't charge me a dime either. Lord knows I going too mis Hugh French my loving neighbor. Who always showed our Langhorne Family much love. I like too tell all his family to be strong in God and remember all will be call back by God and I know Hugh is going to be standing their and God will say job well done my faithfully servant . Hugh love going to church I beleive that was the last time I seen him and he spoke and ask about my mom as always. My mom is a widow now so I feel Hugh knew that God instruct his children too take care of widows and those in need and the French family did that in my eyes. Love you-all and hold your head up high and keep doing what Hugh love. So I can continue too say the Sunnyside farm is the best side, on the Sunnyside. Love you all.
Can you please read this at his service if it's alright with the family . Thank you and may God bless all your heart with peace love and happiness in the name of Jesus I ask this blessing. Amen

Rick and Linda Bickford
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
So very sorry for your loss. Prayers sent up for the family.

Barbara Hardiman Walters
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
You & your family are in our prayers so sorry to hear about your husband.

Janice M Crawley
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
Dear Anita and family, we were so sorry to hear about Hugh's passing. Please know that we are praying for you all.May Lord comfort you during this time.

Tony & Jan Crawley, Larry Barone

John Vanderpool & Stephanie Murray
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
Dear Anita and the entire French Family: We mourn with you over the passing of Pop. Words can't express what a wonderful man he was. He could always make you smile. The world has lost a very dear soul. Heaven is rejoicing. Pop will surely be missed. God bless you all.

walter cart
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
I was so sad to hear the news that Hugh had passed and want his family to know what a wonderful & friendly man he was and a privilege and pleasure to have known him. We along with his family will surely miss being with him and enjoying his infectious story telling - Walter & the C&F Bank family

Karen Maus
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020
So saddened to hear of Hugh's passing. May God bless you all with the knowledge that he has seen the face of God.

penny henry
   Posted Fri September 25, 2020

STRUCTURED DESIGN IN RED AND WHITE was sent by The Llewellyn Family.

Steven Wall
   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
A great loss to our community and to farming. Old farmers never die..they just plant their seeds.

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