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Life Celebration Team


Honoring the Life Story of Your Loved One

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At Hughes Family Tribute Center, we strive to be the guardians of your loved one's life story.

We understand how difficult it is when you've lost someone close to you. And we know intimately what you're going through. The grief and the anguish you’re feeling is real and we want to help you navigate this journey a little bit easier. You can rest assured that we'll take care of all the details of the arrangements and make this life celebration a parting gift you’ll remember forever. 

 We are committed to the principles of a “Life Celebration” home and demonstrate that practice of compassionate care to the families we serve in our community. As licensed funeral directors, we adhere to the highest standards of ethical practices and are committed to ensuring that we not only meet, but rather exceed your expectations. In addition, we are well versed in the special funeral traditions of all faiths and backgrounds. 

Simply let us know your wishes, and you can be assured that your loved one’s service will be truly memorable and meaningful. We look forward to taking care of you and your loved one as the need arises.

Click here to find out how to safeguard the life story of your loved one.


Meet Your Life Celebration Team...

DeWayne Hughes

DeWayne Hughes

Owner, Funeral Director and Embalmer, CFSP, CPC, CCO

DeWayne Hughes is a 3rd generation Funeral Director and Embalmer with over 35 years of funeral and business experience, is a native Dallasite and grew up in the Oak Cliff area of Dallas. He later moved to the North Dallas area, where he attended high school at Thomas Jefferson.


Following high school, he attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and is a member of the honor mortuary fraternity, Pi Sigma Eta. DeWayne holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and has also completed the certificate program in Entrepreneurship from SMU Cox Caruth Institute.


DeWayne is a licensed Funeral Director & Embalmer, a certified Crematory Operator, and is registered with the International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards. DeWayne is an active member of several local, state, and national professional organizations. 


DeWayne’s true gift and passion is restoration.  DeWayne understands the need to say goodbye to a loved one and has taken countless trainings in restorative arts. He had taken advanced classes that only a select few international take each year.  He was recently awarded the Distinguished Professional Service Award from the Fountain National Academy of Professional Embalming Skills. Especially when a death is tragic or unexpected, the ability to view your loved one and say goodbye is so very healing. 


DeWayne has always been active in his community, especially with organizations that serve children. As a young man out of college and a licensed pilot, he served as President of the Hella Shrine, Flying Fez Unit, where he co-piloted one of the last flights transporting blood to the Galveston Shrine Hospital. He served on the board of Lakemont Academy and has been a clinical instructor for Dallas Institute of Funeral Service.


DeWayne served as “cookie mom” for his daughter’s Girl Scout troop and is a past Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, and currently the OA Chapter Advisor for the Blackland Prairie District of the Boy Scouts of America; he is a District Award of Merit recipient and a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. DeWayne is a licensed amateur radio operator, KE5DH0, and has served as an American Red Cross volunteer since 1978, serving as an Instructor in Water Safety, First Aid, CPR, and Wilderness First Aid.


DeWayne enjoys traveling with his wife, watching the Dallas Stars and being with his family.

Stephanie Hughes

Stephanie Hughes

Owner, Funeral Director, Certified Crematory Operator, and CPC

Stephanie Hughes is a native Dallasite, graduating from W.T. White High School in 1981. Stephanie comes from a long line of Aggies and received her undergraduate degree in accounting

from Texas A&M University in 1985. She then graduated from SMU School of Law in 1988 and was on the Southwestern Law Journal (now the SMU Law Journal).


Stephanie was in the Corporate & Securities section of the law firm of Gardere & Wynne (now Foley Gardere) and then Senior Vice President and General Counsel of a publically traded company in Dallas for 14 years. Although Stephanie enjoyed the practice of law, a career in the funeral industry was truly her calling. After assisting her husband at the funeral home for over a year, Stephanie attended Dallas Institute of Funeral Service, and now sits on the college’s Advisory Board. She is a licensed funeral director, certified crematory operator, and a Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC). Stephanie is a member of the honor mortuary fraternity, Pi Sigma Eta.  Stephanie is passionate about helping families say goodbye to loved ones is a special, unique and healing way.


Stephanie has always been active in her church, children’s schools, and community. She is a Past President of the Board of Director of the Dallas Habitat for Humanity and a member of their Advisory Board. Stephanie chaired the Community Involvement Committee and the Corporate Counsel Section of the Dallas Bar Association. She was Girl Scout leader and active with her sons’ Boy Scout Troop, acting as Advancement Chair for many years and attending summer camp with the Troop.


Stephanie enjoys traveling with her husband, being with her family and the Dallas Stars.

Ryan D. Hughes

Ryan D. Hughes

Funeral Director, CFSP, CPC

Ryan D. Hughes is a 4th generation funeral director at Hughes Family Tribute Center.  He has always been around the Dallas area since he was a little boy, growing up within the funeral home industry quite literally.  Ryan lived in an apartment within the funeral home for six years as he went to middle school and part of high school. 

His great-grandfather, Dudley M. Hughes, and grandfather, Ronald Hughes, Sr., started the funeral home business in the 1940s.  As a child, Ryan guest starred in a commercial with his grandfather for the funeral home showing that our services are always from “Our Family to Yours.”  

Ryan has always been  active in serving with the Boy Scouts of America. He became an Eagle Scout in 2009. He is a Vigil Honor Member of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout's National Honor Society, and served as a Chapter Chief. Additionally, he was a founder and served as president of the the Venturing Officers Association for the Dallas Council.

He went to high school at Richland Collegiate High School, and graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship.  He was a member of the Baptist Student Ministries (BSM) at the University of North Texas where he met his wife, Kristine. Ryan served on the Texas BSM State Lead Team.  He attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and is a member of the honor mortuary fraternity, Pi Sigma Eta, where he served as the President of the Chaper. 

Ryan is a Certified Funeral Celebrant, a Certified Preneed Consultant, as well as a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner.

Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and reading.  He is passionate about music. He loves most of all spending time with wife Kristine, and their son, Wesley.

Kristine L. Hughes

Kristine L. Hughes

Funeral Director

Kristine L. Hughes is a funeral director at Hughes Family Tribute Center. She grew up in the Denton area for most of her life. She graduated from high school in the small town of Pilot Point where she then enrolled within the University of North Texas.  Kristine graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. During her time at the university, she joined the Baptist Student Ministry where she met her husband, Ryan.  Kristine attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service and is a member of the honor mortuary fraternity, Pi Sigma Eta.  They both work for the funeral home together.  Kristine is the artist in the group.  She writes beautiful life stories and sets up amazing Life Celebrations.

Kristine is a Certified Funeral Celebrant.

Kristine is passionate about writing and enjoys watching movies. She always loves to spend time with her family and likes to do anything creative.

Paul Kightlinger

Paul Kightlinger

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Paul Kightlinger is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.  He is our lead embalmer and insures every loved one looks their absolute best.  Paul graduated Wheaton College where he played defensive tackle on their football team.  Paul came to Dallas in 1974 in order to attend what was at the time called Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science and is now the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service. He is a member of the honor mortuary fraternity, Pi Sigma Eta. 

Paul has worked in the funeral industry in the Dallas area since his graduation in 1975. Paul has resided in DeSoto, Texas, since 1976.  Being an active member in Faith Bible Church in DeSoto occupies a great deal of his time.  Any extra available time, he spends entertaining his dog, Schroeder (a Miniature Schnauzer). 

Life took an unexpected turn two years ago when his beloved wife, Pam, died unexpectedly.  Grief is not easier when you work in the industry.  Paul is passionate about helping families and understands first-hand how important it is to properly say goodbye to loved ones.

Paul enjoys attending church and church functions, reading, and playing with his dog.

Samantha Hunter

Funeral Director and Embalmer

Kate Rogers

Kate Rogers

Apprentice Funeral Director and Embalmer

Ursula Camacho

Office Administrator

Armando Villareal

Cemetery Superintendent, Crown Hill Memorial Park

Pete Guevara

Crematory Operator

Pete Guevara assists with many of our services.  Pete was born in Mexico and entered the US when he was 14.  Ronald Hughes, Sr. found him a job at a large cemetery so he could learn the business and he joined the Hughes companies in the mid-1980s.  He has been with a Hughes company or their successor for over 40 years and is considered a brother by DeWayne.  Pete is fluent in several Spanish dialects and makes families comfortable because he can communicate with them in terminology in which they are accustomed.

Pete and his family live in the neighborhood adjacent to the funeral home, and he is well known and respected in the community.  He is a very caring man that loves each of our families.  His God gift is meeting families on one of the worst days of their life and reassuring them that they and their loved one are in good hands. 

Pete’s time outside of work is focused on his wife and children.  He is also very handy, adding on to the family home.  We were all so proud of Pete when he earned his US citizenship in 2014.  

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