Clifton L. Hudson (Cliff) left this life and stepped into the loving arms of his Savior on Monday, November 22, 2021. Continuing his legacy are his wife of 40 years, Melinda (Mindy) Powell Hudson, daughter Lori Murphy and husband David, son, Danny Hudson and wife Kristin, and four grandchildren, Genevieve, Jase, Josephine, and Grant. He also precedes his mother, Nancy Zeller and brothers Cletus Hudson, Chris Hudson and Curtis Hudson, mother-in-law, Faye Powell, sister-in-law Mitzi Mathewes, and several nieces and nephews. Waiting for him at the gates was his loving sister, Cynthia Wands, and father Corbett (C.L.) Hudson.
Born on July 21, 1960 in Dumas, Arkansas, Cliff burst into the world with a shining personality full of warmth and charm. He grew up in Haughton, Louisiana, where his parents owned the Camp Joy Marina for many years and where he met the girl next door he was destined to marry. Ever the athlete, he was always involved in sports whether on the baseball field or playing football. He earned the nickname “Hatchet” when he supported the Haughton High School team as they won the state championship in 1977.
After marrying Mindy in 1981, they started a family welcoming first Lori and then Danny into their lives. Cliff was a devoted father and incredible husband. He coached t-ball games, taught Sunday School and led RA’s at Haughton Baptist Church, hosted and mentored countless young men through church programs or sports, and was a helping hand any place he saw a need. He was instrumental in building and supporting the Sisters In Praise music ministry in which Mindy and his mother-in-law, Faye, participated as their bus driver, sound engineer, set builder, and more. He could always be found with a hammer in his hand building homes for various people in the community, building churches, or even building ramps on the front porch of a young mother with a child with disabilities. If Cliff saw a need, he found a way to fill it.
In 2004, he moved with his family to St. Louis, Missouri, to pursue a career in equipment rental. He worked in the business at several different companies all over St Louis, networking, mentoring, and creating opportunities for growth. He gave his support and coordination in his last position with Fabick Caterpillar until only a week before he passed away. Dedication and pride in his work was the forefront of Cliff’s professional career.
Cliff’s passions included cooking, hunting, being outdoors, and spending time with his family. He introduced countless friends to the joys of a crawfish boil, shared his delicious barbeque across town, and was always the person asked to whip up something delicious for a party or event. He loved being outdoors and sitting in a deer stand listening to the quiet of nature. Cliff rarely ever shot and killed any animals, but the fellowship of his crew brought him so much joy. His grandchildren were the light of his life. He loved hearing about their newest accomplishments, latest obsessions, budding talents, and funniest quirks. His adoration for them drove him forward every day.
Cliff’s larger than life personality proceeded him in every room. He was the life of the party, bringing joy to everyone who ever knew him. Not once in his life did he have someone to speak poorly against him. His character was beyond reproach. He loved to laugh, to cry, to dance, to sing, and to have a good time. He was the most selfless person and was always trying to give more of himself. His legacy will be that of a godly man who lived his life as an example of Christ’s love and kindness, always serving the Lord in every available opportunity.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the schools of Cliff’s grandchildren.
Our Savior Lutheran School in Fenton, Missouri
Make Checks out to Our Savior Lutheran School
Note Playground Fund or Memory of Cliff Hudson
Mail to 1500 San Simeon Way, Fenton, MO 63026
Providence Classical Christian Academy in St Louis, Missouri
The online form will give a specification for donation in Cliff’s name.