The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


July 12, 2014

Ernest Hudson

COMMERCE — Ernest Leroy Hudson, 88, of Commerce, was born May 20, 1926. He was one of nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. James Hudson of Kiowa, Okla. He went to be with his Lord and Savior Christ Jesus on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

He grew up during those difficult days of the Depression. At the young age of 17, Ernie voluntarily joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he served in the South Pacific aboard the USS Niobrara (AO-72). After the war ended, he moved to California where he met and married his beloved wife Virginia (Jenny) Harris in 1951.

While living in California, they had four children. His company there transferred him to Texas where he worked and retired from Amerdyne Ind. in Garland. They eventually settled north of Commerce near Jardin where he farmed and ranched since 1978.

He could not stand retirement; so, when US Brass started he became the 13th employee hired in Commerce. He retired for the second time after many years.

He is survived by one brother Don Hudson of McAlester, Okla.; daughter Judith Ann Passalacqua of La Jolla, Calif.; son Smokey Hudson of Commerce; daughter Rebecca Thomas of Denton; son Dale Hudson of Athens, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and a plethora of cousins, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014, at the funeral chapel. Interment will follow in Sonora Cemetery near Fairlie.

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