John Hughart, longtime funeral home owner and former coroner, dies

John Hughart, who owned funeral homes in Christian County for over 50 years and who served as coroner in the 1970’s, died Wednesday at Skyline Medical Center in Nashville at the age of 90.

Hughart moved to Hopkinsville in 1964 and became the owner of Hughart-Keightley Funeral Home. He changed the name to Hughart Funeral Home in 1968 and moved it to its current location on South Virginia Street in 1969.

Hughart Funeral Home in Hopkinsville merged with Beard Funeral Home Crofton in 1985 and the name changed to Hughart, Beard and Giles Funeral Home a few years ago.

He served as Christian County Coroner from 1973 through 1977, was an active member of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky for over five decades and was involved in numerous civic organizations.

Hughart served 22 months in World War II with the United States Navy and was an Honor Flight participant for the World War II Memorial on the D-Day anniversary in 2014.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Hopkinsville, where he served as deacon. Private burial will be Monday, June 11 at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery West and visitation will be Saturday from 9:30 until the service hour.

Hughart, Beard and Giles Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.