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An employee publication of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice


September 2021

TDCJ Mourns the Loss of Charles R. Hughes

Cleadas Sherman
Charles R. Hughes
Correctional Officer IV
Holliday Unit

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is grieving the loss of an employee that is connected to the COVID-19 virus.

79-year-old Charles R. Hughes, a Correctional Officer IV at the Holliday Unit in Huntsville, died on September 25, 2021.

Officer Hughes was hospitalized on September 8, 2021, and tested positive for COVID-19 on September 10, 2021. His condition worsened over the following days.

“The Texas Department of Criminal Justice extends its thoughts and prayers to Officer Hughes’ family, friends, and co-workers at the Holliday Unit,” said TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. “We are grateful for his service to the state of Texas and he will be greatly missed by everyone who knew and worked with him.”

Holliday Unit Senior Warden Brian Smith said “Officer Hughes was a dedicated officer who was admired by his peers and supervisors.” He added that “his resiliency was a characteristic that stood out the most.”

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice has had sixty-five employees who have died in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.