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Mecklenburg County County mourns death of James A. Hudson Sr. / May 05, 2010
There will be an empty chair on the dais when the Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors meets 9:30 a.m. Monday.

Board members saddened by the death of long-time colleague James A. Hudson Sr. are saying that chair will be hard to fill.

Hudson, 93, died Friday at Community Memorial Healthcenter in South Hill. He was a teacher in Mecklenburg County for 43 years and a member of the county board of supervisors for more than 20 years. He chaired the board’s property committee, which planned projects such as the courthouse renovation currently underway.

In 2008, Hudson was recognized as the senior supervisor in the state of Virginia.

Those who served on the board with him say Hudson was a gentleman, a dedicated public servant.

“When I think about the word gentleman, Mr. Hudson is the first person who pops into my mind,” said Glenn Barbour, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “There never truly has been a more gracious, gentlemanly individual.”

Barbour said Hudson would be “sorely missed” at meetings.

“He loved his church, his community, his family. He worked hard on the board to help his community,” Barbour said.

He said the seat would probably be filled by appointment to complete the term.

“We certainly don’t want District 4 to be without representation for any extended period of time,” Barbour said.

Board colleague W.P. Hudgins said his memories of Hudson go back to 1949, when he was a student and Hudson was working with veterans after having served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

“He was quite a role model,” Hudgins said. “He was a Christian gentleman, a community servant, and teacher. He was a gem of a person.”

Hudgins said Hudson continued to seek re-election to the board because he enjoyed serving his constituents and the county as a whole.

The men worked together in the NAACP an the East End Union, a group of seven churches that meets quarterly

“Once the Courthouse addition and renovation is completed, we all we think of him,” Hudgins said.

County administrator Wayne Carter called Hudson “a true gentleman.”

“Mr. Hudson served his district and the citizens of the county with honor,” Carter said.

James Arthur Hudson Sr., son of the late Arthur James and Jennie Whittle Hudson Walker, was born Oct. 28, 1916 in Mecklenburg County.

He was baptized and joined the St. Luke Baptist Church at an early age. Later in life he joined the Lombardy Grove Baptist Church and served as Sunday School teacher for more than 40 years. In 1940 he was ordained as a Deacon and served faithfully as chairman for more than 57 years.

He completed high school at the Mecklenburg County Training School and continued his training at St. Paul’s College, Lawrenceville and Virginia State College, Petersburg.

He served in the United States Army during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1946. After earning B.S. and M.S. degrees, he taught in the classrooms of Mecklenburg County for 43 years. He also taught adult education classes.

On July 12, 1939, he married his high school sweetheart, Lucille Taylor. They were the parents of two children, James Jr. and Connie.

He was a member of the following organizations: Bluestone-Harmony Association (former secretary), NAACP, Lake Country Area Agency on Aging, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Mecklenburg County Retired Teachers Association, Community Memorial Hospital Trustee Board (former member), AARP, Mecklenburg County Board of Supervisors and the Department of Social Services.

He leaves to cherish his memory a beloved wife of 71 years, Lucille Taylor Hudson; son-James Arthur Jr. (Marjorie) of South Hill, and daughter-Constance Lambert (Ernest) of Midlothian; grandchildren-Clay (Erica) of Harrisburg, Pa., Jamar of Wethersfield, Conn.; Elayna of Baltimore; and Marisa of Midlothian; sister-Esther Clemons of Rochester, N.Y.; two sisters-in-law, Pearl Scott and Margaret Hudson; a brother-in-law, David Taylor; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held today at the New R.Z.U.A. Headquarters and Conference Center, 5230 Goodes Ferry Road, La Crosse, at noon. Burial will follow in Lombardy Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Deacon James A. Hudson, Sr. to Lombardy Grove Baptist Church Educational Fund or the Mecklenburg County Training School Alumni Association.

Feggins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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