James W. Hudson

August 4, 1930July 16, 2020
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Jim Hudson, aka the “Ironman”, was an extraordinary, hardworking, sometimes hard- headed man. He was reserved, yet witty and wasn’t afraid to use his right eye as a good joke. He was a man who all respected and valued his wisdom.

Jim attended University of Mississippi. He worked with the US Geological Survey as a hydraulic engineer for over 40 years, when he thought he was ready to retire. Turned out he wasn’t.....along with long-time colleague and friend, Bill Colson, they started a consulting firm, Aqua Engineering.

He loved Ole Miss football, fishing, water skiing and coached church basketball for a number of years. You could always find him doing odds and ends at the church and around the community, finding something to do on his tractor, shelling peas or surrounded by his grandkids.

He is survived by his children, Judy (Roland) White, James (Rhonda) Hudson, Jr., Jan (Bob) Kirkwood, Jeff (Liz) Hudson, Jon Hudson and step-children, Larry (Suzanne) Rimes, Brenda (Roger) Moore, and Lynn (Brinda) Rimes and more grandchildren and great-grandchildren than we can count.

Jim accepted Christ early in life and sought to follow God’s leadership and plan all his life. He served in the church in multiple capacities. Now that he has gone to be home, let us all strive to be more like the “Ironman”!

Pallbearers are Ryan Hudson, Nathan Hudson, Josh Boyd, Tyler Redmond, Corey Rimes, and Scott Nichols.


  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 18, 2020


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Mark Landers

August 21, 2020

Dear Hudson Family,

I am sorry for your loss, and am so thankful for all Jim and Merle have done in their years here. As big gardeners, it make sense to think of the mighty harvest they grew in their time here. I know our Lord has good work for them in the Kingdom come!

Jim was my first supervisor when I came to USGS in 1983. He absolutely set the course for my career. He instilled confidence in me, and I needed it. He showed me a gigantic work ethic that I have tried to live up to. So many memories...

My wife, Aleta, and I would come on weekends and work the rows they 'loaned' us in their truck garden; and share giant home cooked meals. Jim could outwork anybody any day at any age in the 7 years I knew him. He was simply amazing. He caught me working hard on something once (I hadn't noticed him standing there). When I did notice him watching, he just said: "I love seeing a good man working."

I am so thankful for God's guidance in having Jim as my first and most impacting supervisor; and for the ways his influence has remained throughout my life. I'm thankful for Jim being faithful and strong. I know ya'll miss him, and hope we can meet at the great reunion to come.

-Mark Landers, PE, PhD

Phil Turnipseed

August 19, 2020

To the Hudson Family:

Mr. James W. Hudson had a profound and life-long effect on my career and life in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He was an incredibly brilliant engineer and human being.

When I interviewed for a job with the USGS in 1987, Jim bought me a cup of coffee (actually he flipped a quarter to Van Wilson and said, go buy him a cup of coffee :-)). He would later nurture my career, teach me how to be a hydraulic engineer, and serve as one of the best bosses I had in my life.

He had a famous sense of humor. And this was enjoyed by everyone who knew him.

Shortly after I was hired he gave me two life-changing points of advice. 1. Never let anybody keep you from loving your work. 2. You have chosen a great career, and you will be great if you keep trying.

I never heard him disparage anyone. he was just a brilliant and positive individual. What wonderful people both Jim and Merle were to me and my family during my 15 years with the USGS in Jackson. He was truly a faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I know he has joined Merle in Heaven. My condolences to you during this mournful time.

Van Wilson

August 4, 2020

Mr. Jim.... Words can not express how good of a man he was. He was a cherished friend of my Dad's and a cherished boss and friend of mine as well. He helped me through more times in life and work than I can put in words. Today he would have turned 90. I was meaning to call him this morning and still was going to call, but then got word he had passed on. Know he is in Heaven and getting to visit with Merle and also Mom and Dad! So Thankful and Blessed that I got to know him!

Mickey Plunkett

August 1, 2020

I worked with Jim at the USGS from the time I was a freshman cooperative education student in 1974 until he retired. He was one of the most professional, hard working, and conscientious people I ever had opportunity to work with. I don't think I ever heard him say a harsh word about anyone. He could always be counted on for a laugh or at least a smile no matter the situation and I valued his example throughout my career. He will certainly be missed but his legacy as an individual and as a dedicated Christian will live on through his family and friends for generations.

Larry Patrick, Reverend

July 19, 2020

What a joy it was for me to be Jim's pastor and co-worker for the kingdom of God. He was truly a special person and respected by all who knew him.

You have earned this final journey good and faithful servant.

Reverend Larry and Bett Patrick

Nancy Griffing

July 17, 2020

Loved Uncle Jim! He was a sweet and kind man. My condolences to the family on your loss.