Graveside services for Ogden S. Hudnall, 77, of Tyler will be on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. in Rose Hill Cemetery in Tyler with Dr. Paul Powell officiating under direction of Stewart Family Funeral Home.
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Mr. Hudnall, surrounded by his loving family, peacefully left this world to join his Heavenly Father on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at Mother Frances Hospital.
Born in Dallas on Sept. 26, 1935, he spent his entire life in Tyler and was a graduate of Tyler High School. He attended Tyler Junior College and received his Bachelor of Science degree in geology from Sul Ross University in Alpine. He was baptized at the age of 12 at Trinity Baptist Church, where he and his family were members and currently was a member of Green Acres Baptist Church.
Upon his college graduation, he served in the National Guard where he was an expert marksman. While attending TJC, he also earned his pilot's license. Ogden began his geology career in private exploration and then worked at Hudnall and Pirtle before he and his dad formed their own oil and gas partnership of Hudnall & Hudnall in 1972. All four of Ogden's children were fortunate to work with their dad at the family business. The Hudnall family deeply appreciates Flo Downing, a current longtime employee with the company.
Ogden was an avid outdoorsman, teaching his children and grandchildren marksmanship, fishing, astronomy, history, cooking, photography and geology. He was a great storyteller, had the spirit of a poet, and was constantly sharing his writings and quotations with his children and grandchildren. He loved traveling throughout the United States where he continued to study and share his knowledge of geology with his family.
Mr. Hudnall was preceded in death by his parents, James S. and Dulse Hudnall; and his loving wife, Joan.
He is survived by his loving family including son, Chris Hudnall and wife Anna, of Tyler; daughters, Jill and husband Dr. Stephen Spain, of Tyler, Donna and husband Dr. Dan Echols, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Pam Hudnall and husband Will Kerr, of Dallas. The eldest of two children, he is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Lometa Hudnall Cox and husband LeRoy, of Northfield, Ill., and their children, Charina and Clint Cox. He is also survived by Bob and Carolyn Hardiman and Bobby and Dianne Vandergriff, of Tyler; and many nieces and nephews. He was affectionately called Oggie by his grandchildren and they will miss him dearly. They are Courtney and Brandon Echols, of Scottsdale, Ariz., Hudnall and Carrie Shannon, of San Antonio, Allison Spain and Nick Spain, both of New York City, Shane and Crystal Hudnall, of San Angelo, Blythe and Brooke Heisey, of Tyler, Tiffany Kerr, of Jacksonville, Fla., and also from Tyler, Shannon and Jeff Corley; and five great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hudnall Shannon, Nick Spain, Shane Hudnall, Clint Cox, Stephen Spain, Will Kerr, Bob Hardiman, Bobby Vandergriff and Tony Morgan.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Smith County Chapter of the
, 1301 S. Broadway Ave., Tyler, 75701; or the
, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, 75231.
Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph from July 16 to July 17, 2013
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