George O. Hudspeth passed away Sunday, May 4, 2014 at Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital. He was born in Hempstead, Waller County, Texas on August 4, 1932. Following graduation from Central High School Galveston, Texas in 1950, George joined the United States Air Force Reservist for twenty years, retiring with the rank of Major in 1975. During those 20 years in the Reserves, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Education with a major in Secondary School Administration from Prairie View A&M University. He joined Epsilon-Pi-Tau Fraternity in 1962 and remained a member until his death. With his preparation for the work force, George became a classroom teacher at Dunbar Junior High School in Beaumont, teaching Industrial Education and Mathematics. Soon after, he became Assistant Principal at the same school. George left the education profession and became a New York Life Insurance Company Agent and registered representative. He was a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). He has held the following offices for the Beaumont Association of Life Underwriters: President, Legislative Chairman, Program Chairman, Secretary/ Treasurer, Life Underwriting Training Council Chairman, and Membership Chairman. He was the recipient of numerous Industry production awards. He also served on the New York Life's Agent's Advisory Council. George Hudspeth believed in giving of himself to community involvement programs, projects and processes that fostered progress in Beaumont. He was the first Black to be elected to the South Park School Board. He served as: Chairman of the Budget and Administration Committee for United Way; Member of the original Selection Committee for Leadership Beaumont; Member of Advisory Council for Lamar University College of Business; Charter Member of Beaumont Public Schools Foundation; Mentor, Ben Rogers-Lamar University-BISD I Have A Dream Program, Member of Dorie E. Miller American Legion Post #817. George was a faithful member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church since 1959. He was an ordained deacon, Sunday School Teacher and former member of the Board of Trustees. Precious memories of our dear and loving George will remain forever in the hearts of his devoted wife of forty nine years, Dora Hudspeth; loving son, Adrian Hudspeth; niece, Joan Gregg; three grandchildren and many relatives and friends. A public viewing will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 from, 12 Noon until 5:00 p.m. at Mercy Funeral Home, with visitation on Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.until 10:30 a.m. at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday,at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 3920 West Cardinal Drive, with burial at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, under the direction of Mercy Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to: I have a Dream Program, 3195 Dowlen Rd., Suite 101-416, Beaumont, Texas 77706.
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Published in the The Beaumont Enterprise on May 8, 2014