As Rev. S. C. Lockett, a life time friend and a co-laborer with Brother Hudson, aptly remarks, a book could be written about the life and works of this great man. Brother Lockett says of him: "In 1874 I heard him preach for the first time. He was then in the prime of life, and I was a boy in the ministry. He impressed me then as a good man, and a splendid preacher. Since July 1880 I have known him intimately. He was my friend, helper and companion in the work of the church. For more then fifteen years we were members of the same presbytery, Little River, and in this time held many meetings together. For two years we were associated in publishing the "Texas Church Helper.' I have loved him as a father. We named one of our sons "Hudson" for him. He baptized most of our children; married some of them, and buried our 'Katie.' He was a good man. He may have had "his faults," but if so, I failed to find them out in the forty years I have known him. In all those years I have never known him to do or say an unrighteous thing. He was pure in heart and pure in life. His great heart abounded in love for God and man. IT can be truly said of him, 'Mark the perfect man and behold the upright.' He was loved by all who knew him. I have never heard any one speak ought against him, but I have heard hundreds of saints and sinners speak in his praise. He was a model preacher. He had power with God and man. He preached the word in power and demonstration of the spirit. He had a message from God to the people, he preached the Word and the people received it gladly. Hundreds and thousands were converted and added to the church under his ministry. He was a self-sacrificing man of God, a hard worker, but a happy man."
In 1849 Brother Hudson professed religion and joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1851. His conversion occurred in a Methodist campmeeting, yet he joined the Cumberland Church after making the New Testament a close study for two years to determine the church of his choice. The Cumberland Church was not his choice because of the influence of any kinsman belonging to it for none were members of it. It was wholly for the reason that he thought it was the correct system of doctrines. He and his Brother Edward joined Washington Presbytery, October 5, 1854, at Bentonville, Arkansas, and he was licensed to preach the gospel at Crooked Creek camp ground October 7, 1855, at Columbiana. In September, 1859, at Sand Springs camp grounds in Burnett county, he was ordained by said Presbytery, Rev. L. G. Tucker, preached the ordination sermon and Rev. S. M. Lewis presided and gave the charge. Since his ordination his ministerial life has been spent in Little River Presbytery, except from the spring of 1868 to the fall of 1874, which was spent in Neosho Presbytery, Southwest Missouri. He has been pastor of many of our churches among them are Hutto and Round Rock, at the latter place he preached his last sermon a few weeks before his death. For three years he served as chaplain in company H. of the 19th Texas cavalry, Bufords regiment of the confederate army. Previous to this he had served one year as a private. He was held in high esteem by the soldiers.
He stood high in the councils of his beloved church. To it he gave the best of his young manhood and mature life. When the cruel union scheme was proposed he never wavered in his love and devotion to the church. The untiring efforts of his old age were devoted to her service. He believed her doctrines and loved her history. The "larger things" of other churches never appealed to him for his heart was fixed.
Brother Hudson passed to his reward in the year 1914. He was born October 12, 1831, in Randolph County, Arkansas. He moved to San Saba County, Texas in 1856, where he taught school and preached for ten years, except the time spent in the Confederate army. On September 20, 1855 he was married to Miss Canzadie A. Hamilton. She survives him. She proved a helpmeet indeed to him in all his labors.
In concluding this memoir let me quote the eulogy pronounced upon him by a life long friend, A. A. Aten: "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, yea, saith the Spirit, from henceforth they shall rest from their labors and their works do follow them. The world says it is awful to die. God says it is a blessed thing to die. All sorrows and troubles are over to one who dies in the Lord. Brother Hudson has fought the fight and has kept the faith, and no doubt has received the crown of life from God the righteous Judge. He preached the gospel for sixty years. How very few can say that? Eternity only can reveal the vast amount of good he has done, and yet he felt that he had been a poor unprofitable servant."
[Source: Our Senior Soldiers: The Biographies and Autobiographies of Eighty Cumberland Presbyterian Preachers. Compiled by The Cumberland Presbyterian Board of Publication. The Assistance of Revs. J. L. Price and W. P. Kloster is Greatfully Acknowledged. Nashville, Tenn.: The Cumberland Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1915, pages 156-160]