Ernest Leroy Hudson, 88, of Commerce, was born May 20, 1926. He was 1 of 9 children born to Mr. & Mrs. James Hudson of Kiowa, Oklahoma. 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 US Navy during WW2, 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 4 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 2nd time after many years.
He is survived by one brother Don Hudson of McAlester, Oklahoma; daughter Judith Ann Passalacqua of La Jolla, California; son Smokey Hudson of Commerce; daughter Rebecca Thomas of Denton, Texas; son Dale Hudson of Athens, Texas; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grand children; and a plethora of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, July 14, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. at Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home chapel.
Interment will follow in Sonora Cemetery near Fairlie, Texas.