Bruff Hudson
Funeral Date: 3/7/2010

Bruff Hudson, age 92, Little Rock, AR. formerly of Warren, AR. died Saturday, March 6, 2010 at Chenal Rehab and Healthcare Center in Little Rock. Born March 29, 1917, in Ingalls, Bradley County, Arkansas, Sidney Bruff Hudson was a son of the late Roy Hudson and Barbara Briana Huitt Hudson. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Verna Mae Williams Hudson, who died December 30, 2006. The son of share croppers, he began working at the lumber mills in Warren when he was 17 and retired as a construction superintendent at Potlatch’s Southern Plant 48 years later in 1982. A noted bass singer, he was a member of the Warren Quartet and attended hundreds of gospel singings in Arkansas and surrounding states. In the 1950s the Warren Quartet had a daily noon radio program on KWRF-AM. Prior to moving to the Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Center in Little Rock in 1998, Bruff and Verna Mae were long-time members of Calvary Baptist Church in Warren. In Little Rock they were members of Park Place Baptist Church. Bruff is survived by two children, Marilyn Jane Hudson Jones and spouse Charles of Little Rock and Richard Bruff Hudson and spouse Joanna of Fayetteville. He had four grandchildren, Misti Jones Conrad and Doug Jones of Little Rock and Jason and Hayes Hudson of Fayetteville, along with eight great grandchildren. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Wallace Woodrow Hudson and Cyrus “Cy” Wesley Hudson, and two sisters, Pauline Marie Hudson and Rosa Lee Hudson Johnson Raasch. Graveside services were 11:00 a.m. Monday March 8, at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Rocky Goodwin officiating. Arrangements by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Doug Jones, Edward Conrad, Hayes Hudson, James Raley and Mike Williams. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Ecumenical Retirement Center, 3 Shepherd’s Cove, Little Rock, AR 72205-7071, or to Calvary Baptist Church, 605 Sturgis Street, Warren, AR 71671-2535. Online guestbook



Name: Sharon Raley
Message: You know we're thinking of you. How much joy your daddy brought to so many people! I always remember him with a smile--and, oh, that voice. Singing in heaven now. Love you.

Name: Betty Clements
Message: Marilyn and Richard, I think you know how much Bruff (and Verna Mae) meant to me. They were so there for me after Gene's death and other times, too. They were the best! You are in my prayers. Betty

Name: Margaret E. Taunton
Message: In the '40's four of us gals had the South Oak Grove Quartet and we made just about every singing there was around. We enjoyed Mr. Bruff and his group so much. Can hear that Bass voice now....memories!!! Our loss is heaven's gain....

Name: Brenda Ezell
Message: Sorry to learn of Mr. Hudson's death. I remembered when I showed him thru the historical museum and how much he seemed to enjoy it. I was at the museum today and looked at the picture he donated to the museum and thought of him, this was before I read about his death.

Name: Ora Clanton
Message: Marilyn, your family has my deepest sympathy and my sincere prayers. God Bless You All. Ora (King) Clanton and family

Name: Frances Izard
Message: Marilyn: So sorry to learn about the death of your father. You, Charles, Misti & Doug will be in my prayers. Love you. Frances

Name: Sandra Williams
Message: Oh how I miss Uncle Bruff.He always made you laugh.Before they moved to Little Rock he gave me a round silver container.He asked me if I knew what it was for .I said no sir I don't.Uncle Bruff told me that you put matches in it when you go to the deer stand to lite your heater to keep you warm and it will bring you GOODLUCK.So I took it hunting and to this day I still take it hunting.Everytime I kill a deer I would always take that container out and say yes it does bring me luck.I will always remember him say it and have that grin aon his face.I iwll alwys cherish that container and it will always go to that deerstand with me.We LOVE you all Marilyn and Uncle Bruff is DEARLY MISSED.Lots of LOVE.Mike & Sandy Williams

Name: Andrew Gibbs
Message: Dear Hudson Family: Our family's sincerest condolences are tendered to you during this season of loss. Truly, Mr. Hudson finished the race strongly just as the Apostle Paul admonishes us to do. My Grandfather, Ernest Gibbs, respected and thought very highly of your Dad and your Uncle Woodrow. I still remember them as a child in Warren. They are a part of the "Greatest Generation" that laid the foundation we now all benefit from. Highest Regards,

Name: Johnnie Parker Angle (class '62)
Message: Richard, just learned of your father's passing. I am so sorry to hear this. You and your family will be in my Prayers. May Gob watch over each of you during this time of sorrow. I know it is hard but try to remember ALL of the wonderful life your father has had and will continue to have when you All meet again One Day. Wishing you and yours only the best.

Name: Nadine Johnston
Message: Marilyn, Sorry to hear the passing of your dad. He will be greatly missed. You,Charlie, Doug & Misti will be in my prayers. He is singing in heaven tonight. Our loss is heavens gain. Nadine Johnston

Name: Barbara Ortego
Message: Marilyn, I'm sorry for you and your family for your loss. May God Bless all of you. I love you.

Name: Kimberly Williams
Message: Richard and Marilyn, Your dad was the best. He was the sweetest man ever. He had a wonderful personality and will be greatly missed. But now he can show those angels how to really sing! We send sympathy to you two and all the grandchildren and great grandchildren. Love, Kimberly Williams

Name: Maylon Rice
Message: Richard and Joanna and all the Hudson family. I was sad to read of Mr. Bruff's passing. You all are in my prayers.

Name: Gene Williams
Message: Words can't express what a wonderful man this world has lost and a better world has gained. We're praying for your comfort through this transition. We love you, Gene

Name: Fran (Adams) Reep (Class of '62)
Message: Richard and Joanna, Your dad was a great role model. He was very well thought of with not only his singing, but as a person. You all are in our prayers.

Name: Hugh & Brenda Quimby

Name: Sandy Ballentine Gavin
Message: I grew up in Calvary Church & your parents were such wonderful people. I can just hear them singing in heaven. He is happy again with his Lord & Mrs. Verna Mae.

Name: Paul Carter
Message: Marilyn – Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With sincere condolences, Paul, Jennifer, Cindy, & Chuck

Name: Philip & Jayne Lyon
Message: Richard & Joanna- Sorry for your loss and know that our prayers are with you, Jayne & Philip

Name: George Akins
Message: I'm so sorry to hear of Bruff's passing. My deepest sympathy to the family.