BERT HUDSON(1919 - 2013)

Bert Wilson Hudson, 93, died on Sunday, March 24, 2013, after a brief illness.
He was born on Oct. 16, 1919 in Jay,the 10th child of John and Mamie Hudson. As a boy he worked on the family farm with his older brothers. His duties included picking cotton and herding cattle
In 1939 he enrolled at the University of Florida, majoring in agriculture. Before he could graduate, World War II began so he volunteered for military service in the Army. He was sent to Texas for flight training. Before he could complete flight school he was transferred to St. Louis and spent the rest of the war in the command staff headquarters.
After discharge in December 1945, he returned to the University of Florida and completed his undergraduate degree. He also received a Masters degree in animal husbandry. After college he moved to Crawfordville and had a part-time job teaching agriculture to military veterans. Later he was employed by the Florida Department of Agriculture as a dairy inspector from 1953 to 1985. In addition to his state job he often assisted local farmers with problems they encountered with cattle diseases and injuries. He was considered very knowledgeable in the area of raising and managing livestock herds, particularly cattle and in the early '60s authored a textbook on cattle diseases.
In 1950 he married Miriam Rehwinkel of Crawfordville. Together they had two sons, Mark and Michael Hudson.
After his retirement in 1985, he retired to part-time farming in Crawfordville, growing blueberries and pears. He remained active into his early 90s.
Visitation was held Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville. Internment will take place at Crawfordville Cemetery.
Survivors include his son, Mark Hudson (Cindy) of Crawfordville; a daughter-in-law, Jeanne Hudson of Land O' Lakes; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by all of his brothers and sisters; his wife, Miriam; and son, Michael Hudson.
Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel, Crawfordville, is in charge of arrangements.
Published in The Wakulla News on Mar. 28, 2013