Samuel Phillip "S.P." Hudson, 88, of Grove Hill died Dec. 14, 2009 after a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 18, 1921. He served as Mayor of Grove Hill for 12 years and was on the Town Council for 20 years. He was honored for his many years of service to the Town by having the town park dedicated to him by naming it S.P. Hudson Park. He also served on the hospital board for many years. He was an avid runner until just a few years ago and competed in many races and won most all of them in his age group. He competed in the Senior Olympics at the age of 72 and placed fifth in his age division. He was a bass fisherman extraordinaire and loving nothing more than spending time at his camp at Millers Ferry and searching for those big mouth bass. His first love was God and sharing the word of Christ which he did with most everyone with whom he came in contact. That will be his lasting legacy.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia L. Hudson, Grove Hill; one son, Phillip Hudson, Andalusia; two daughters, Janet Fendley, Grove Hill, Janina Joiner, Houston, TX; five grandchildren, Jeremy Joiner, Ethan Joiner, Aaron Hudson, Grant Hudson and Ashley Stern; three great-grandchildren, Jack Fendley Stern, Rebecca Grace Stern, Tyler Hudson; two step-sons, Tim Latham, John Latham; two stepdaughters, Cindy James, Lois Latham; one sister, Doretta McGillberry; nine step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Bernice Hudson, and a sister, Daisy Dean Rosamelia.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 18 from 5 until 8 p.m. at Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. at Lathan Funeral Home in Grove Hill. A memorial service will be at the Jones Chapel Church of Christ in Coffeeville before the burial in the Jones Chapel Church of Christ Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pilots for Christ, P.O. Box 707, Monroeville, AL 36461, call 800-239-2898 or email them at flytlee@frontiernet. net.
Active pallbearers were Aaron Hudson, Grant Hudson, Jeremy Joiner, Ethan Joiner, Tony DuBose and George McIntyre.