Cleo Hughes died at the age of 85 in Water Valley, Mississippi on July 31, 2006. His  funeral was held at 10:30, Thursday August 3, 2006 at the First Baptist Church in Water Valley, with a military funeral at Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.

Affectionately known as Mr. Cleo around town, he was a member of the "Flying Tigers" during World War II. He was born a twin ( Cleo and Theo) and raised in Water Valley. He was a principal of Westwood Elementary School and retired from teaching in 1982. He returned to Water Valley, built a new home and began his new life as a helper and a friend to all. Mr. Cleo was always helping others, loved by everyone and he will be greatly missed.