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Obituary: Wallace “Wally” Edward Hudson Sr.

Wallace “Wally” Edward Hudson, Sr., 74, of Batesville died Dec. 16, 2019.

He was born Aug. 4, 1945, to Andrew Jackson Hudson and Eva Maud (Holbrook) Hudson in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Wally worked for truck lines most of his life, retiring from ABF Freight Systems of Fort Smith in 2011 after 25 years. He also worked for Jones Truck Lines in Fort Smith for ten and a half years and two other smaller lines. He worked in the rating services department where he made many life-long friends he has kept in touch with. Wally also served eight years in the Army National Guard. He loved Razorback football and held phone consultations with his brother-in-law, John Mirra during the game. He hoped one day they would win a game in the SEC. Most importantly, he loved his Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved his wife Pam, Skip, Leigh, and Cole with all his heart.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pamela Gail (Cole) Hudson; one son, Wallace E. Hudson, Jr. “Skip”; one daughter, Pamela “Leigh” Keller; one grandchild, Cole Allen Keller; two sisters, Charlene McDaniel of California, Ella Perez (Lou) of California; one brother, Daniel Hudson (Geneva) of Mayflower; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wally is preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Catherine Hudson, Barbara Hudson, Doris Hudson Rossi; and one brother, David Hudson.

Pallbearers are Jimmy Roe, Steve Coody, John Carter, Don Cole, David Ferguson, Ronnie Cole, Allan Hudson, and Billy Thomas. Honorary pallbearers are John Mirra, Jack Calloway, Dr. Jim Ellis, Jerry Houston, Billy Dale Sexton, Tommy Cole, and Paul Warnick.

Funeral services will be Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at West Baptist Church with Bro. Cory Majors officiating at the church. Burial will be held at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. with Bro. Phillip Baxter officiating under the direction of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home of Batesville.

Visitation will be from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, 2019, at the West Baptist Church, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Independence County Humane Society 5 Environmental Dr. Batesville, AR. 72501.

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