of Harrison, AR
September 29, 1928 - November 28, 2020
Billie Gene Hudson, 92, of Harrison, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, November 28, 2020. Billie Gene was born on September 29, 1928 in Harrison, Arkansas to James Clio and Nancy Ann ''Nannie'' (Richey) Hudson. Billie Gene grew up in the Union community on the East fork of Crooked Creek and graduated from Valley Springs High School in 1947. He earned his FFA American Farmer degree in 1949 and began working full time on the family farm. In 1956, he started working for the Arkansas Forestry Commission as a fire plow operator and retired 37 years later as county ranger.Billie Gene married Wanda Lee Trotter on January 20, 1954. They were happily married for over 50 years. Wanda passed away on August 8, 2004.Billie Gene enjoyed farming, fishing, hunting, driving his John Deere tractors, and traveling to Canada and Alaska on fishing trips. In 1990, they traveled in Wanda's Cadillac across the Alaskan Highway. In 2012, he received the Century Farm award for his family's farm which was homesteaded in 1843. In 2015, he received the Boone County Farm Bureau Senior Farmer award. He was very proud of his farm and always said he wanted to leave the land better than he found it.Billie Gene was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Wanda, his brother, Herman Hudson, and his sister, Wanda Lee Smithson Carlton. Billie Gene is survived by his daughter, Susan (Kyle) Keller of Harrison, his daughter, Anna Hudson, and his son John Hudson of Harrison. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Kara and Tommy James of Greenbrier, Crystal (Ernie) Cotton of Harrison, Katie and Tyler Hudson of Greenbrier, and four great-grandchildren, Drake, Mysteri, Gage, and Jace.Graveside service was December 1, 2020, at 2:00 PM at Eoff Cemetery with Reverend Heath Kirkpatrick officiating.Pallbearers were Mike McCutcheon, Drake Cotton, Andrew James, Drew Griffith, Steve Henderson, and Joe Baldwin. Honorary pallbearers were Dorothy Murray, Buddy Trotter, and Alice Crain.In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Valley Springs School, PO Box 640, Valley Springs, Arkansas 72682, for the Billie Gene Hudson Memorial Scholarship or Eoff Cemetery, 2701 Dry Branch Drive, Harrison, Arkansas 72601. Roller-Christeson Funeral Home is complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19 and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering.
John and family,Mom and I are so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He was always someone who had the time for a chat wherever he was. We always enjoyed the Forestry get togethers when Dad and Bill worked together. Those were wonderful times and we always enjoyed visiting with your Mom and Dad. God bless you all and we will lift your family up in prayer. Betty Petree and Vicki Stuart
I am so sorry to here of Bill’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I enjoyed working with Bill.
Dear Hudson family, we grieve with you all at your loss. Bill was a great man! David and Donna.
So sorry for your the loss of your Dad and Papa. Love you all!
So very sorry for your loss. Praying for peace and comfort during this difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers for family and friends.
Susan, John, Ann. Sorry to hear about your Dad. Have warm memories of both of your parents.Enjoyed visiting your family on the farm. Always felt welcome and had alot of fun at the Hudsons.Take care and Bless you all. Glenda and Gordon
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Susan, Anna and John. Much love to you all.
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family.
Bill was a great farmer, Father and man! I always enjoyed visits with him when I brought my Mother Wanda to visit and later after she had passed away. He always seemed to care about his family and how they were getting by. Uncle Bill will be missed.
Sorry for your loss brother.
Billie gene very a very dear friend of mine and Wanda was to they keep me straight in my early 20’s I will never forget them as long as live sorry I cannot come to funeral I did not know about bills death quick enough me and Judy came to wandas so sorry for your loss
Thinking of you, Susan and family. Lots of hugs and love
You are in our prayers. We’re so sorry for your loss.
John, I’m sorry to hear of your dads passing. Prayers for you and your family. Gods Speed:
Our deepest condolences on your loss.
“Dad” was a special person, he will be missed. Family is in my thoughts and prayers.