William "Bill" L. Hudson
William "Bill" L. Hudson
July 26, 1916 - October 5, 2018
William L. “Bill” Hudson, 102, was born in Rochester, Texas, July 26, 1916. He left a loving family and a lifetime of friends across the state of Texas on October 5, 2018. His love of the Lord began 94 years ago when he was baptized and it never wavered.
Bill began six decades of association with education in Rochester where he also excelled in sports. He obtained a football scholarship to St. Edwards University, being assisted in that venture by his coach, Dr. D. L. Ligon. He earned his BA degree in education at North Texas State University and later a master’s degree in economics from East Texas State University. His education career included coaching, teaching and administration for well over 30 years. He served as superintendent of schools for 14 years at Electra. For 4 years he served as Vice-President of Sales for Southwest Industries in Little Rock, Arkansas, a company specializing in moving machinery from industrial plants in the NE to the South. His love of being a part of educating youngsters was too strong a calling and he returned to that profession as superintendent of schools in Frisco, Texas, for 7 years before retirement.
William served in WWII in the Counter Intelligence Corp of the US Army. After the war was over he volunteered to remain in Germany for another year and pursue Nazi war criminals. His unit of 14 was successful in the capture of Herman Goering, Commander of the German Air Force and considered by many to be second in command behind Hitler.
Idleness was not retired Hudson’s friend. In 1988 he ran for the Texas State School Board in District 15, an area larger than 22 individual states of the US. He was elected and reelected for 6 years total service before deciding age 80 might seem unfavorable to do it again. He certainly was a servant to every community where he resided. He accepted the office of president in multiple locations in civic clubs, chambers of commerce, retired teacher associations, etc. A move to assisted living revealed over 60 plaques of commendations, recognitions and thanks that were stored in his garage.
He and his wife of 73 years traveled across the US in their Airstream travel trailer. Summers would find them in Ruidoso and winters in the Rio Grande Valley. But their real joy was accompanying their Airstream Club of East Texas on their many organized outings ranging from national conventions to week-end nearby outings. On one trip Bill suffered a health scare that was concerning. He received a huge get well card from his travel friends with 358 signatures.
His last several years allowed making the enjoyable acquaintances of Melissa, Keri, and Ty, all wonderful home care specialists of Intrepid Health Services
Bill was preceded in death by his best friend and wife, Tomi Cauble Hudson, his parents Charles Gibson Hudson and Mattie Eula Hudson, five brothers and four sisters. He is survived by his daughter Phyllis Hance and husband Bob, grandson Britt Hance and wife Debbie, granddaughter Patrice Zimmer and husband Joe, great grandsons Hudson, Davis, Peyton and Matthew.
Services will be 10:00 am Wednesday October 10, at Faith Village Church of Christ; 4100 McNiel Ave. 76308. Bro. Les McGalliard will preside. Bro. Jacob Hawk will preside at the graveside service to follow at Rosston Cemetery in Rosston, TX (Cooke County).
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 pm on Tuesday October 9 at Lunn’s Colonial Funeral home.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to enhance the operations of Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, Hospice of Wichita Falls, or the charity of one’s choice.