Rev. Richard Whitfield Hudson, Sr.



Sumter, SC ...................... Rev. Richard Whitfield Hudson, Sr., age 91, beloved husband of 53 years to the late Alice Lewis Hudson, died on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Born in Sumter, he was the son of the late Henry Whitfield Hudson and Lillie Evans Hudson. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church. Richard was a 1943 graduate of Edmunds High School. He received an electrical engineering degree from Clemson A&M College in 1950 and received his Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1963. He spent three and half years in the United States Navy serving during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Richard held a Class A Teaching Certificate in mathematics and taught at Clarendon Hall, The Christian Academy, Furman High School and Central Carolina Technical College. Richard retired as Chief of the engineering section of the civil engineering squadron of Shaw Air Force Base after twenty seven years of Federal Service. He was a master electrician and a licensed electrical contactor. He served as Pastor of the Paxville Baptist Church, Home Branch Baptist Church, Dalzell Baptist Church, Wedgefield Baptist Church and Calvary Bible Church. He also served as interim Pastor of many Churches in Sumter and Clarendon County. Richard dearly loved his family and the Churches he served.

He is survived by two sons, Richard Whitfield Hudson, Jr. and his wife Zenda of Sumter and Raymond Andrew Hudson of Greenville; one daughter, Lillie Angeline Thompson and her husband Dr. Samuel C. Thompson of Sumter; four grandchildren, Michael Hudson and his wife Tracy of Lancaster, Tracy Strickland of Dalzell, Joseph Curt Hudson and his wife Shannon of Sumter and Kevin Bozeman and his wife Tonya of Sumter and nine great grandchildren, Sara Grace Hudson, Sally Hudson, Josh Strickland, Noah Strickland, Leslie Strickland, Santana Hardee, Katie Hudson, Zachary Cagle and Slade Bozeman and a large number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathryn Dulce Hudson; three brothers, Lester A. Hudson, Samuel Benson Hudson and Louis David Hudson and two sisters, Retus Hudson Grooms Jackson and Bessie Lee Hudson Player.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Samuel C. Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 3, 2017 from 2:30 - 4:00 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Unity Baptist Church, 4000 Highway 15 South, Sumter, SC 29150.

You may go to and sign the family’s guest book.

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.