Samuel Oakley Hudgens

Apr 7th, 1927 - Feb 20th, 2018


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sat, Feb. 24th, 2018 10 am - 11 am


Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Sat, Feb. 24th, 2018 11 am


Fountain Cemetery

Sat, Feb. 24th, 2018

Samuel Oakley Hudgens

Samuel Oakley Hudgens, 90, passed away on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 1:53 pm at The Waterford in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

Sam was born April 7, 1927 in Goreville the son of Daniel B. and Alice (Martin) Hudgens.  He married Betty Lou Hubbard on August 10, 1951 in Marion and together they were blessed to share over 62 years of marriage. Betty preceded him in death on May 27, 2014.

He served in the Navy during WWII proudly answering the call to serve his country. Sam had a 35-year career as a clerk with the Union Pacific Railroad.  He was a member of Marion Third Baptist Church and his faith in God was sincere and practical, carrying him through many times of trial.  He enjoyed bowling, golfing and reading Louis L’Amour westerns. He was a carpenter, plumber, and electrician as well as the baker of the best peanut butter cake this side of paradise. He was a kind and jovial presence, thoughtful of others, and quick to serve; a beloved brother, uncle, cousin, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his;

Two children;

Ric Hudgens of Evanston

Jolene McClellan and husband Mike of Nekoosa, Wisconsin

Five grandchildren;

Kayla Reigel and husband Andy of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

Ben McClellan and wife Emily of Dayton, Minnesota

Nakita VanKirk and husband Chris of Greenville, South Carolina

Rachel Hudgens of Evanston

Samuel Hudgens of Evanston

Twelve great-grandchildren;

Elise, Evan, Aaliyah, Lucas, Hailey, Brinley, Caitlyn, Alexis, Zoe, Megan, Jesse, Tristan

Preceded in death by his Parents, brothers Roscoe, Robert Dean, Bill, John, and Ray; and sisters Delia, Helen, Angie, and Lorraine.

Funeral services will be Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 11 am at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home with his son, Rev. Ric Hudgens officiating. Burial will follow in Fountain Cemetery.  Visitation will be Saturday from 10 am until the time of service at the funeral home.

For those who prefer memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice of Stevens Point, 3233 Business Park Dr #203, Stevens Point, WI 54482. Envelopes will be available and accepted at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home, 800 North Market Street, Marion, Illinois  62959.

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9 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Judi

    From: Pensacola, Florida

    Date: February 21, 2018

    People always felt better when he was in their presence. I loved his laugh and cheerful nature!

  • Guest: Jayne and Bill

    From: Lakeland, Florida

    Date: February 21, 2018

    Dear Jolene, Mike, Rick and Family, Jayne and I with deep Regret not being able to attend our Uncle Sam’s service. Your father meant so very much too us both, as with with all, He was very Loved by all who knew him.. Please understand us not being with you all.. God’s BLESSINGS with Hugs 💖

  • Guest: Andrew Goddard

    From: San Diego, California

    Date: February 22, 2018

    From Southern California, we send our deepest sympathies to the family.
    We have fond memories of Uncle Pud, and will remember him for his wonderful disposition and kind heart.
    With love and prayers,
    Andrew, Jenny and Benjamin Goddard

  • Guest: Jeneane Martin

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: February 22, 2018

    Sam and your mother were very good to my family. It was an honor to know both.

  • Guest: Joe and Shirley Goddard and family

    From: , California

    Date: February 22, 2018

    We send heartfelt condolences to Ric, Jolene, and all the grandchildren. Uncle Sam was a gentle soul, upstanding but not judgmental, a Christian who lived his faith, cheerful and full of amusing recollections of life and family. A Hudgens to the core and the last of his generation. He will be missed by all who were privileged to know him.

  • Guest: Robert Bady

    From: Evanston, Illinois

    Date: February 22, 2018

    One of the sweetest people I have ever met. He was a kind human being that was always up for a good conversation. I never golfed with him, but he once made custom grips for my clubs and didn’t charge me anything! He just wanted to do that for me. He also was called home very close to his look alike Billy Graham. Rest In Peace Samuel in the arms of God. My condolences to the entire Hudgen’s family especially Ric.


  • Guest: Annie and Phyllis

    From: Findlay, Illinois

    Date: February 23, 2018

    Rick, Jolene and family. You’re in our thoughts and prayers. Your folks were special people to us and great neighbors. The old neighborhood is not what it used to be. Great memories though. The one memory that stands out is when mom went into labor with Mark. I was sent to your house in the middle of the night and David was sent to the Watkins’ house. Good gravy boats! That will be 50 years ago this coming April 23rd. Ok. I just aged all of us. Lol. Your folks will be missed but we will keep their memory alive. We shall all meet again at our permanent home.
    We will not be able to be there tomorrow but we will be thinking of you. May God comfort all of you during this time of transition.

  • Guest: Jane Cadle

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: February 24, 2018

    Sam was a dear man and good friend to my dad ( Charles Newton ) I had so much respect and love for him and Betty . It was a blessing to know them.

  • Guest: Tom & Linda Nation

    From: Tuscola, Illinois

    Date: March 17, 2018

    Tom & I knew Sam & Betty from Hillcrest Baptist in Tuscola Il, and visited with them a few times after they moved to Marion. We really enjoyed those visits, and think they may have taken us to see geese somewhere. We were in Marion tonight and were talking about our visits. Looked online and saw where he has just entered his heavenly home. He can visit with Billy Graham!! You described Sam perfectly in the obituary!! Our thoughts are will be with you.