Harold Dean Hudson, formerly of Mason, passed away Thursday, July 15th, at the age of 74 at home in Greenville, South Carolina.
Harold was born in Snyder on April 16th, 1936, and came to Mason with his family in 1939. He was a life long member of the First Christian Church.
Growing up in Mason in the 1940s and 1950s, Harold had all the benefits of a childhood in a Texas small town. His father was Mayor of Mason in the 1950s and if Harold did anything wrong, his folks heard about it before he could get home. As a teenager, he helped deliver milk in the cool, middle of the night for Moneyhon Dairy. If a customer was out of town, he’d go through the unlocked front door and put the milk in the refrigerator himself. If a saucer was on the floor for the family cat, he’d pour milk in the saucer. After delivering milk, he’d fall asleep in his front yard under the sycamore trees while waiting for his ride to school. He also worked as a butcher in his father’s grocery store, site of today’s Willow Creek Café.
After high school, he joined the Air Force as a jet mechanic and later spent 40 years with Eastern Airlines and Lockheed Martin. Although he never moved back to Mason, he visited many times. Like many others, he poured over the Mason County News searching for news of old friends, even cross referencing them with his high school year books.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mildred Jackson Hudson of Greenville, South Carolina, daughters Sandra K. Hudson of Cleveland, Georgia, Janet Lynne Hudson of Moncks Corner, South Carolina and son Michael Dean Hudson of Inman, South Carolina, a granddaughter Kara Lynne Hyden of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, and a brother, Mark Hudson of Kennesaw, Georgia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Leo Hudson, by his older brother Bobby Ray Hudson, and his twin sister Betty Jean Hudson.
Funeral services were held July 18th at Woodlawn Funeral Home, Greenville, South Carolina.