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Howard Hayden Hudgins

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Howard Hayden Hudgins Obituary
HUDGINS Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Howard H3 Hayden Hudgins LCDR (USCG, Ret.), 73, passed away on December 19, 2013 surrounded by his loving family after a long and courageous battle with CLL/MDS. He was born in Tarboro, NC to the late Horace M. and Agnes Copper Hudgins. He served in the US Coast Guard from 1958-1988 (30 years, 2 months and 28 days) traveling around the world twice and visiting both polar regions and settled in Jacksonville after his retirement. H3 was a Master Mason of the York Rite Bodies and the Scottish Rite, serving on the Wardrobe Committee both in Alexandria, VA and Jacksonville, FL where he had been serving as Chairman from 2007 to present. He was a member of the Blue Lodge (5/10/1965): Master, Semper Paratus #49 (1985) and Master, Federal Lodge #1 (1987-1988); Antarctic Circle Masonic Club; Top of the World Masonic Club; MOROCCO Shrine, Jacksonville, FL; Order of Quetzalcoatl: Camaxtli of TULUM Teocalli No. 4 and Chief Camaxtli, Deep South Q Association; Royal Order of Scotland (1985); National Sojourners, Inc.: Past President, Northeast Florida Chapter #435, Past Commander, Andrew Jackson Camp, Heroes of '76, and Regional Representative, Northeast Florida (2001-Present); Tall Cedars of Lebanon: Grand Tall Cedar, Temple Forest #136 (1988); Loyal Order of the Moose; Legion of the Moose; Military Order of the World Wars: Past Commander, Jacksonville Chapter No. 44 (2003-2004); Order of the Eastern Star; and Order of Amaranth. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Susan A. Hudgins; children, Lisa Beth Kardys (Robert), Howard C. Hudgins; and Kristie Elizabeth Sokolsky; brothers, Hunter (Arlene), Harry, and Harvey Hudgins; sister, Alice Fay Hammers (Jack); 11 grandchildren; one great granddaughter on the way; along with numerous family members and friends. A Celebration of H3's Life will be held 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, 2014 in Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin. There will be a reception following the service at the funeral home. Mr. H's final resting place will be Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors, to be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in H3's name to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, www.lls.org/#/waystohelp/donate/. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home of Mandarin, 11801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32223. www.hgmandarin.com (904) 288-0025.
Published in the Florida Times-Union on Jan. 12, 2014
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