Charles E. Hudgins, 80, of Orange, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Claybar Funeral Home in Orange. Officiating will be Reverend Louie Lawson and Reverend David Berkheimer. Burial will follow at Autumn Oaks Memorial Park in Orange. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Born in Mount Enterprise, Texas, on February 26, 1933, Charles was the son of William Walter Hudgins and Lottie Hudgins (Clark). He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War and worked as a safety supervisor and an industrial hygienist. Charles was a Community Church member; where he served as a greeter and a care group leader for over 19 years. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, and hunting. Charles also loved watching sports and gardening his roses. He was a true jokester who loved to laugh and was full of life. Charles was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lottie Hudgins; brother, Earl Hudgins; sisters, Perry Aubey and Mary Ferguson. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Oda Hudgins; daughters, Charlene Hudgins of Fargo, ND, Marcy Carr of Orange, Sherri Wiley and husband, Mike of Orange; step-sons, Michael Tomplait of Orange, Randy Tomplait and wife, Pam of Celina; 8 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons, Michael Wiley, Jr., Stephen Tomplait, Ryan Carr, Alex Sfarjilani, Cody Tomplait, Cade Tomplait, and Drake Tomplait. Honorary pallbearer will be Neal Smith.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on June 25, 2013