Cyprus Hughes was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 9, 1951. He was the son of Otis Mae and Sam Hughes.
After graduation from high school, he obtained a college education from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois. There, he became a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, the Black Student Association, and the Gospel Choir. Mr. Hughes graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration and M.S. degree in Education. He later earned a Doctorate in Theology from Andersonville Baptist Seminary.
Mr. Hughes was the husband of Caretta Armstrong Hughes. He had one daughter (Cynita) and one granddaughter (Chyrell).
Mr. Hughes worked in the educational arena for over 25 years, including as an Admissions Advisor at Parkland College. He has also served as the advisor to the Black Student Association. Reverend Hughes is a licensed and ordained Baptist Minister and was an Associate Minister at the Mt. Olive Baptist Church for over 22 years, as well as the Pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Mattoon, Illinois.
Mr. Hughes was a seminary instructor at the American Baptist College - Champaign-Danville Extension. He was also a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King Justice for Advocacy Committee, the Ministerial Alliance of Champaign-Urbana and Vicinity, the Religious Leaders for Community Care, and the Institutional Review Board of the University of Illinois.
Cyprus Hughes passed away in 2017. He was 65 years old.