James Rogers “Jim” Hudson, 63, died May 26, 2014. He was born Dec. 7, 1950 in Perryton to Harold and Jane Hudson. He married Lina Kay Singleton on Oct. 22, 1994 in Amarillo. He became publisher of The Perryton Herald after the death of his father in 1991. Jim Hudson served as president of the Texas Press Association in 1993-94. Harold Hudson was president of TPA in 1967-68.
Hudson began his career at The Ochiltree County Herald when the Hudson family purchased control of the newspaper from Van Stewart in 1959. At age 9, Hudson worked in the newspaper’s mailroom. When the Herald became a semiweekly and changed its name to The Perryton Herald in 1962, Hudson became one of the newspaper’s first carriers. His column “Ochiltree Observer” won numerous state and regional press association awards, as did the editorials he wrote for the Herald. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1973 from the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Houston, where he worked for Mustang Tractor and Equipment Co. until 1985 when he returned to Perryton to be general manager of The Perryton Herald.
He was a past president of the Perryton-Ochiltree Chamber of Commerce and long-time legislative affairs council chairman, a past president of the Perry Memorial Library Board and served on the Wolf Creek Park Advisory Board and the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation Board. He also served as president of Panhandle Press Association in 1987-88. Survivors include Hudson’s wife Lina Kay; his mother, Jane Hudson of Perryton; a brother, John Hudson of Seguin; and a sister, Mary Dudley of Perryton.
Some of TPA’s past presidents sent in their condolences. Here are their memories of Jim:
“The Hudson family are among my first memories of TPA meetings. They provided wise leadership and counsel for our organization for years.” — Willis Webb, Lake Charles, Louisiana.
“Although we’ve been separated from the Texas newspaper family for the past seven years, we still treasure the close friendships that were forged over our 35-year involvement in both the regional and state press associations. Both Rusty and I share in the sorrow upon learning of Jim’s passing. Please know the entire Hudson family remains in our thoughts and prayers as we say goodbye to an excellent journalist and a good friend.” — Ken and Rusty Long, Eustis, Florida.