Melissa Raffield Hudgens
September 16, 1963 – August 30, 2019
On late afternoon, August 30, 2019, Melissa Raffield Hudgens, 55, slipped into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ following a lengthy battle with cancer.
Melissa spent her school years in Jackson and Madison, graduating from MRA in 1982 where she was Drum Majorette. She continued her education at Hinds Community College and Mississippi College where she received her degree in Social Work in 1986.
During her high school and college years, she worked part-time for the Mississippi State Department of Health. Upon graduation from MC, she became a full-time employee as a Social Worker. In the mid 1990’s, she was honored as Social Worker of the year. Following her retirement from MSDH, she became a contract Social Worker until the time of her death.
Melissa enjoyed family and friends with many weekend get-a-ways with her husband, Ben, and son, Josh. She also enjoyed cruises and fall trips to Gatlinburg with her family and parents.
Melissa was an active, lifetime member of Broadmoor Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir for many years, and was always ready to serve in any capacity when called upon.
She is survived by her husband, Ben; son, Josh; her mom and dad, Jane and Larry Raffield; her very special niece and nephew, Emily and Robbie Raffield; her brother, Michael Raffield; and 22 very close and supportive cousins.
Visitation will be held at Broadmoor Baptist Church on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with visitation at 9:00 a.m. Burial will be held at Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland, MS.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude or to Broadmoor Baptist Church in her memory.
- Ben Hudgens, Husband
- Josh Hudgens, Son
- Jane Raffield, Mother
- Larry Raffield, Father
- Mrs. Hudgens also leaves her very special niece and nephew, Emily and Robbie Raffield; her brother, Michael Raffield; and 22 very close and supportive cousins to cherish her memory.
- Braxton Crumpler
- Marcus Cupstid
- Brad Ishee
- Dale Tate
- David Vinson
- Dennis Welch
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Broadmoor Baptist Chucrh
1531 Highland Colony Pkwy, Madison, Mississippi 39110
- Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
- Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, September 7, 2019
- Graveside Service Saturday, September 7, 2019
Melissa Raffield Hudgens
Jenifer and jay Ammons
September 7, 2019
We are so deeply sorry and just learning of Melissa’s passing. So sorry Ben we were not there . Your broadmoor family is here for you and the kids. She was the sweetest kindest most Christian soul. Prayers for comfort and healing
Jay and jenifer ammons
September 7, 2019
I’ll never forget that even when we barely knew each other, every time she greeted me, it was, “Hello, my friend!” What a beautiful soul. She will be missed. ♥️
September 5, 2019
Melissa was the sweetest, most loving and giving person I have ever known. Always in a quiet way., never loud and showy. She loved her family, close ones and extended, and would do anything for them - no matter the sacrifice. I was next door neighbor for years. I cared for the dogs when they went on trips, and they cared for me always. I have to mention her bravery the entire time she fought the devil- cancer. Always upbeat and positive. Heaven has just received a perfect angel. Shirley Abney
September 4, 2019
I first met Melissa many years ago when my cousin was dating her brother Michael. Then our paths would cross again later when our husbands both worked for Ridgeland Fire Department. She was always such a kind and caring person. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this difficult time. May the precious memories of Melissa bring them comfort. God bless you.
September 3, 2019
Ben , Libby Staggs Clack told me this morning about Melissa's passing. I'm so very sorry for your family's loss, but heaven has definitely gained another precious angel. I don't know if you remember me, my maiden name was Riley. I met Melissa at Hinds. She was so sweet and very kind to me ALWAYS. I remember when you two started dating. I remember seeing you two visiting and studying in the lobby of Marshall Hall. Prayers for you in the days ahead.