James Lee Hudson, 90, of Good Hope, IL passed away on May 16, 2013. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Kathleen Diane Barry. He is survived by his wife of thirty years, Carolyn and her children Scott and Susan Kulbeth; his son Jerry and wife Nancy; three grandchildren Jill Ridener, David Hudson and Ben Kulbeth; and four great-grandchildren Jackson and Andrew Hudson and Annabella and Lucy Ridener.
Jim graduated from Western Illinois University. When World War II broke out he tried to enlist in the armed forces but since his major was Chemistry and Physics the government told him to finish his degree. When he was finished he was sent to work on the Manhattan Project where he served until the war was over.
He retired from General Mills Corporation after 37 years but was not ready to quit working. When they asked him to accept the job of President of Red Lobster and Olive Garden of Texas he jumped at the opportunity and worked until his eightieth birthday.
Jim's life was one of service to others. He and Carolyn attended The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder and a Deacon. He was well-known at the Blood Bank and gave over 51 gallons of blood and plasma.
He was very active in supporting marketing education. He has provided testimony before legislative groups and public forums for the state and was included as a panel member calling on former Governor Mark White to explain the benefits of the marketing education program to the business community.
He was a member of the HISD Marketing Advisory Board and served as Chairman for two years. He also served as chairman of the Food Marketing Committee of this board for four years.
In cooperation with the Houston Grocery Manufacturer's Association he worked tirelessly to obtain scholarships for college-bound students.
He was awarded HISD's "Roll of Honor" award for his long-standing loyalty and support of the HISD marketing education program.
Jim was an avid sports fan, loved jogging, hiking, and working in the yard.
He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and he will be missed.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 3rd at 11:00 a.m. at The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church in The Woodlands.