McMinnville resident and Warren County native Billy Joe Hudson, 72, was born July 29, 1940 and lost his battle with cancer Dec. 21.
The retired owner and operator of Smartt’s Grocery and member of Mt. Leo Church of Christ, he was the son of the late James Franklin and Audrey Bouldin Hudson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Larry Hudson, and two sisters, Geneva Brimer and Willie Ann Summers.
He was married Sept. 15, 1961 to Linda Smartt Hudson of McMinnville. Mr. Hudson was an avid fisherman and lover of life on the river.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Melanie and David Stinson and Heather and Casey Williamson, all of McMinnville; son, Kyle Hudson of McMinnville; grandchildren, Cole and Abram Stinson, Chloe and Nate Williamson, McKenzie Hillis and Jayla Hudson, all of McMinnville; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Jimmy and Frances Hudson, David and Jeannie Hudson, Henry and Frances Hudson and Ronnie Hudson, all of McMinnville; two sisters and brother-in-law, Frankie and Charles Leverett and Sue Cagle, all of McMinnville, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today in High’s Chapel with Lane Dix officiating. Burial will follow at Armstrong Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service Sunday at High’s. Memorial contributions may be made to Relay For Life, Meals On Wheels or Mt. Leo Church of Christ Mission Fund all c/o High’s.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Dec. 23, 2012