Willie Paul Hudson, 65, husband of Hattie Davis Hudson, departed this earthly life on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter.
Born in Toone, Tenn on September 29, 1944, he was the oldest of twelve children of the late Willie Forest Hudson and Lucille Davis Hudson. He was a member of Hill Field Baptist Church, Toone, Tenn.
After the passing of his mother, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri with his uncle James and Aunt Gertrude Munford. He graduated from Sumner High School, St. Louis, Missouri, Class of 1962.
He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1963 and served his country for 22 years. His military duty stations started off at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, for basic training followed by Amarilio Air Force Base, Texas; two tours at Thailand / Vietnam; one tour at Guam Air Force Base; Grimmson Air Force Base, Indiana; Seymore Air Force Base, North Carolina, and Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota. While serving his country, he received numerous Medals and Decorations: Air Force Commendation Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon w/ 1 Device; Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Ribbon w/1 Device, Air Force Longevity Service Award w/4 Devices, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/4 Devices, Republic Vietnam Campaign Medal and Air Force Good Conduct Medal w/5 Oak Leaf Clusters. He was a member of the Master Mason PHA and Blazing Star Lodge 839.
While serving in the Military, he worked in the Aircraft Maintenance Field, with four years in Aero Repair Shop; as a flight line maintenance superintendent; coordinated maintenance between field level and organization maintenance with maintenance control; as a line chief assuring all aircraft meet schedule commitments, and as a flight line aircraft maintenance lead technician foreman. He retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant. Once retired, he worked at Boeing Aircraft Company Peace Sentinel Program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; in Real Estate with Century 21, and as a Correctional Officer with South Carolina Department of Corrections.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his devoted and loving wife of 33 years, Hattie Davis Hudson and two sons born to this union, Christopher L. Hudson of Sumter, and SGT. Bernard A. Hudson of the United States Marines, currently stationed overseas; two children from a previous marriage, Willie Paul Hudson, Jr., and Valerie Hudson of St. Louis, MO; one grandson, Bernard A. Hudson, Jr. (BJ); his step-mother, Beadie Hudson of Toone, Tenn; two god-daughters, Jocelyn L. Davis of Spartanburg and Savannah Gore of New Port News, VA; four sisters, Betty Minter, Melsene Tyson, Lisa Chism, all of Toone, Tenn and Rose Hudson of Jackson, Tenn; four brothers, Clarence Cobb and Melvin Hudson, Toone, Tenn, James Cobb of Bolivar, Tenn, Stanley Hudson of Jackson, Tenn; one sister-in-law, Rev. Mary Hamilton of Pinewood; one brother-in-law, Minister Willie L. (Bernice) Davis of Pinewood; two parent figures, Rev. E. H. and Mrs. Ernestine McDowell; a very special friend, Harry Wilson; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Gene and Larry Hudson, and one sister, Cinderella Hudson.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 9, 2010 from the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 805 South Harvin Street, Sumter, with Rev. Marion H. Newton, pastor, Rev. E. H. McDowell, Sr. eulogist, assisted by Rev. Henry Pressley, and Rev. Lillian Wright.
The family will receive friends at the home 1227 Devonshire Drive, Forest Hill Sub-Division, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m.
The funeral cortege will leave the home at 10:20 a. m.
Flowers bearers will be family and friends.
Pall bearers will be the United States Air Force Military Honors.
Honorary Pall Bearers will be South Carolina Department of Corrections
Burial will be in the Evergreen Memorial Park, Sumter.