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Hugh Mayes’ Testimony of Faith and Testimony of Sussex’s Incredible History Is Exhibited at the L.A. Times Festival of Books 2023

Hugh Patrick Mayes is a pastor of the Shiloh Baptist Church and also the longest-living resident at Comans Well, Sussex, Virginia. In his book, he gives both a testimony of faith and a testimony of life in Sussex County during the 50s and 60s. Part Christian biography and part history lesson, the book was recently exhibited at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

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“The book is so much more than a testament to one’s faith. It also gives a glimpse of life in Sussex County as it was in the 1950s and 1960s.” – Sussex County Historical Society

At the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023, festival-goers looked over exhibits of a new wave of publications that shared the nearly-forgotten history of many towns across America. Among these is a book, “Squeaking Wheels of Comans Well, Sussex, Virginia,” written by Hugh Patrick Mayes, the oldest living resident of Comans Well in Sussex, Virginia.

To people who know him personally, Mayes is a resident pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church. As the author of the “Squeaking Wheels of Comans Well, Sussex, Virginia,” he offers readers a rare glimpse of his town during a much earlier time period.

Mayes was born in 1948, the fourth child of Lewis and Elaine Mayes. He describes himself as the “squeakiest wheel” in Comans Well because it’s the squeaking wheel that gets the most oil, and the oil he has so desperately needed has been supplied by his faith.

In “Squeaking Wheels of Comans Well, Sussex, Virginia,” he shares a lot of informative historical details, including interesting bits about his own ancestry. Back in his youth, there was no electricity, and people had to use other means to live off the land before modern development.

His life was certainly full of hardship that was only made bearable thanks to his faith. But despite this, he paints an even more vivid picture of how things changed over time during the 60s and 70s. It is a Christian biography that also doubles as a guide to the proud history of a little village in Sussex, Virginia.
“Squeaking Wheels of Comans Well, Sussex, Virginia” by Hugh Patrick Mayes was last displayed by self-publishing and book marketing company

ReadersMagnet at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023. The book is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

More details about Hugh Patrick Mayes can also be found on his website at

“Squeaking Wheels of Comans Well, Sussex, Virginia”
Author | Hugh Patrick Mayes
Published date | January 5, 2021
Publisher | Trilogy Christian Publishing
Genre | Christian

Author Bio
Hugh Patrick Mayes is a Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church Carson, Virginia. He was a Computer Operations Supervisor. He had a lung collapse that bled internally until he went into blood pressure shock at age nineteen. He contracted Hepatitis C from blood transfusions. He became depressed and attempted suicide. Years later, he was stabbed above the heart, collapsing his lung and coming within a fraction of entering his heart cavity. Through the CAT scan from the stabbing, they found an aortic aneurysm. His oxygen level would not stabilize until they found a hole in his heart. Six months later, his lungs began filling with liquid caused by the stabbing, and he stopped breathing during a procedure. God has been with him every step of the way. God has truly blessed his life.

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