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Benville, Illinois: Grave of Robert Earl Hughes, World's Heaviest Man

He weighed 1041 pounds and was buried in a piano case. His tombstone probably weighs less than he did.

Benville Church

Hwy 104, Benville, IL
From Quincy, travel east about 28 miles on Hwy 104, turning north at the small brown sign for Wildwood. Travel up about two miles past the girl scout camp to a T intersection. The Benville Church is located at that intersection; Hughes' grave is behind it.
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Robert Earl Hughes Grave - World's Heaviest Man

Readers of the Guinness Book of World Records know who Robert Earl Hughes was - the World's Heaviest Man! He weighed 1041 lb at death, and was buried in a piano case. But far fewer people know WHERE he is buried - Benville, Illinois, a town of 2 houses and a church in the middle of nowhere. He is buried in the church graveyard beneath a modest grey granite headstone labeled with his name and 'World's Heaviest Man'. Nothing flashy - a very peaceful resting place for an extraordinary man.

[dave, 06/26/2001]

There's also a small, modern black slab monument to Hughes, about two miles west of the turnoff for Wildwood. Turn south off of Hwy 104 onto Hwy 6 and you'll quickly see a feed store to the right. On the left, across the highway, is the monument, at the corner of Hwy 6 and Perry Fishhook Rd. Hughes grew up in Fishhook. May 2018: Photo added.

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