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Paul Hudson Jr.

Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, March 17, at First Baptist Church for Paul Hudson Jr. of Artesia.

Hudson, 84, went to be with the Lord Monday, March 13, 2017, in Artesia.

Pastor Rick Sullivan will officiate at the services. Interment will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Batesville, Ark. Pallbearers will be Ron Horner, Lloyd Polk, Wayne Kemp, Kent Whitmire, David Conklin, Larry Linch, Steve Clark, John Yates Jr., Bill Rhodes and James Dudley.

Paul was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Batesville, to Paul B. and Zelda Olive (Brooks) Hudson. He graduated from Batesville High School in 1950.

On Jan. 5, 1954, he married Roetta Reves in Batesville.

Paul served his country in the U.S. Army in 1954, stationed with the 82nd Airborne Division in Fayetteville, N.C. He was honorably discharged in 1956 and later attended Arkansas College, with a study emphasis on chemistry.

He and his wife relocated to Memphis, Tenn., in 1957, where they had their first child, Chris. Paul supported his family by working as a deck hand on riverboats on the Mississippi River alongside his father.

Paul and his family moved to Artesia in 1957, where they had their second child, Susan. Paul continued his education at New Mexico State University, and in 1957, began a successful career with Navajo Refining Co., retiring after 41 years as a lab supervisor.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church, where he found pleasure in serving as a deacon, participating in the “Behold the Lamb” and “The Bride” productions, and singing in the choir. He enjoyed time with his family, hunting, gardening, playing dominoes, riding motorcycles, square dancing, spending time in the mountains, playing his guitar and piano, riding his bike, and playing on the church softball team.

Paul was well known for his love of the Lord and many times expressed his love by singing. His favorite Bible verses were Isaiah 41:10 and Romans 10:13. He was very devoted to his family and had great compassion for others and a sense of humor that made everyone laugh. He never knew a stranger and was a Christian testimony to many.

Survivors include his children, Chris Hudson and Susan Hudson, and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Roetta Hudson, on Sept. 20, 2014; his parents; and sisters Clara McDuffee and Frankie Crow.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, 2200 S. Avenue I, Portales, N.M., 88130.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.