James Franklin "Doc" Hudson Sr., 90, of Crystal River, Fla., passed away at his home Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. James was born Dec. 23, 1921, in Crystal River to Dr. Porter James Hudson and wife Beulah Hudson. James was smitten with a cute young lady from Red Level, but she was already engaged. So Doc took the situation in hand and wrote and sent the "dear John" letter. He married the love of his life, Ailene Turner, in June, 1945.
James started his teaching career as the principal in Lecanto in a two room schoolhouse. He was a coach and teacher at Crystal River schools where they won the state championship in 6-man football and later became principal of that school. They later moved to Lake Worth, where he taught at Conniston Junior High School for 25 years. In 1983 he and Ailene returned to Crystal River where they have lived at the family home overlooking Sleepy Lagoon off Kings Bay. Doc was always a fisher of men and fish. He never met a stranger and was loved and admired by all his many students through the years. He loved the Lord and life to its fullest.
He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Ailene O. Hudson; son, James Franklin Hudson and wife Sandy of Calvert, Texas; sister, Margaret Braun, of Savannah, Ga. He was most proud of his son, Frank (Frankie) Hudson.
James will be laid to rest and reunited with his right arm, which he lost in an automobile accident at the age of two, at the Crystal River Cemetery alongside his father, mother and sister, Ruth Smiley. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at Strickland Funeral Home in Crystal River and graveside services 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Old Crystal River City Cemetery. The family suggests that those who wish, in lieu of flowers may make a memorial contribution to the Crystal River Anthology Guild, 9686 West Cedar St. Crystal River, FL 34428.
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