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Retired Senator Billy C. Hudson, Sr., 84, of Hattiesburg, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Forrest General Hospital. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Hattiesburg Community Church followed by burial in Dixie Community Cemetery.

Mr. Hudson was a retired rancher and former CEO of Hudson Salvage. He studied at the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Arizona, and Perkinston Community College. Senator Hudson served 12 years in the Mississippi Senate from 2008 until 2020, deciding not to seek another term, being elected as Tax Collector of Forrest County. He previously served as a Magee City Alderman, eight years as Forrest County Supervisor, and was also the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Mr. Hudson was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Trugen Hudson and his brother, Micky Hudson.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hudson of Hattiesburg; one daughter, Trudi Abel (Mark) Atwood, TN; two sons, Bill Hudson (Liz) of Indiana and Ben Hudson (Michelle) of Poplarville; two step-sons, Mark Ward (Suzie) and Marty Ward (Jill), both of Hattiesburg; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday, December 2, 2022 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Hattiesburg Community Church. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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