H.R. No. 2187

WHEREAS, Residents of Dallas lost a beloved neighbor and committed civic leader with the passing of Samuel William Hudson, Jr., on May 21, 2005, at the age of 94; and WHEREAS, Mr. Hudson was a tireless volunteer, dedicating countless hours to serve on a host of boards and with more than 50 worthy organizations; a steadfast civil rights activist, he became the first African American to serve on a Dallas grand jury, and his efforts to desegregate his beloved hometown resulted in African American students gaining admittance to SMU's School of Theology and patients gaining admittance to Methodist Hospital; and WHEREAS, In his notable professional life, Mr. Hudson served tenures with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Dallas Housing Authority, and as manager of Roseland Homes and Edgar Ward housing projects, he helped to improve the quality of life for innumerable families; and WHEREAS, This graduate of Bishop College shared a long and tender union with Ella Lois Johnson, and the couple were blessed with five children before her passing; fortunate to find love a second time, he married Geneva Anderson, and together they nurtured a bond that grew stronger with each passing day; and WHEREAS, A vibrant citizen who touched many lives through his advocacy and service, Mr. Hudson will long be remembered as a devoted family man, a cherished friend, and a leader who contributed greatly to his community; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 79th Texas Legislature hereby pay tribute to the life of Samuel William Hudson, Jr., and extend deepest sympathy to the members of his family: to his wife, Geneva Anderson Hudson; to his children, Mary Lois Hudson Sweatt, former State Representative Sam Hudson III, Estrellita Hudson Redus, Camellia Hudson Franklin, and Clifford Johnson Hudson; and to his other relatives and many friends; and, be it further RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for his family and that when the Texas House of Representatives adjourns this day, it do so in memory of Samuel William Hudson, Jr. Giddings ______________________________ Speaker of the House I certify that H.R. No. 2187 was unanimously adopted by a rising vote of the House on May 29, 2005. ______________________________ Chief Clerk of the House