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William Dowell Hudson, age 75

William Dowell Hudson, 75, died on January 7, 2022, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Dowell was born on March 22, 1946, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to the late Paul Judson Hudson and Claudia Wright Hudson. He was raised there with his siblings, the late Paul Wright Hudson and Carolyn Elizabeth Carr.

He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1964, attended Arkansas State University where he was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas (Monticello). He continued his education with classes at the Wharton School of Business and the Rotman School of Management Executive Program at the University of Toronto.

He began his career as a chemistry teacher at Pine Bluff High. His corporate career started in 1996 in Little Rock. Several corporate moves were made during the next thirty-five years – Houston, Texas; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Carmel, Indiana; and Toronto, Canada. During this time, Dowell served on the Boards of Directors of North American Energy Standards, Ontario Energy Trading, Ontario Power Generation Energy Trading, and Ontario Energy Trading International Corporation. After his many adventures and moving back to Arkansas, he retired as an expert in global energy markets. He served as a mentor and advisor to many in the field.

Dowell will always be remembered for his warm hospitality, optimism, kindness to all, and devotion to his family, including his beloved pets. He was the best husband, father, grandfather, and neighbor. His generosity was legendary. He was a proud member of the Pine Bluff High School Class of 1964 and enjoyed all of the class reunions and frequent gatherings. His classmates and friends for over 70 years describe him as a kind, gentle man, lifelong friend to so many, southern gentleman, and always admired. He loved sports, old Westerns, reading, volunteering, and golf. As a devout follower of Christ, he was a member of Westrock Baptist Church and a lifelong student of the Gospel of Paul.

Dowell is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 54 years, Sandy Work Hudson, his daughter Ginny Hudson Blankenship (Drew) and his grandson, Samuel Hudson Blankenship. Dowell’s family was very important to him. He was very proud of Ginny and loved being a grandfather to Sam who had the special name of “Buddy” for his grandfather.

A graveside service will be held at Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff on Friday, January 28, 2022, at 2:00 pm. Visitation will be after the service at the home of Ted and Jessica Drake, 901 West 35th, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Condolences can be made at A Natural State Funeral Home, Jacksonville, AR.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR or CARTI Foundation, P.O. Box 55011, Little Rock, AR 72215.

Arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service. 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400.

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  • Brian Myhand Posted January 19, 2022 8:01 AM

    Dowell was a great guy. I really enjoyed working with him at SPP.

  • Julie Gerush Posted January 19, 2022 9:21 AM

    Dowell, was such a good, kind man. He was the perfect boss. I’m forever grateful for the opportunities he gave me. He and Sandy were a perfect example of a happy marriage. My heart is shattered. I’m keeping his family in my thoughts in this most difficult time.

  • Tim Phillips Posted January 19, 2022 10:03 AM

    I learned many things from Dowell at SPP. Many of those things I still use today. Thank you Dowell!

  • Roberta Glover Posted January 19, 2022 12:03 PM

    Very saddened to hear of your loss Sandy. Only met Dowell a few times when I was in Little Rock with my friend Debbie. You both were so kind to her and Wayne during her cancer treatments. I will be forever grateful for you helping them and supporting Bill and I when we were there. My thoughts are with you and your family.

  • Don Martin Posted January 19, 2022 2:26 PM

    I had the pleasure of working with Dowell at SPP during his tenure there. I’ll remember him fondly for his quick smile and gentle nature. My prayers to his family and friends.

  • Jenny Anderson Posted January 19, 2022 2:37 PM

    Ginny, I am so sorry. I am so glad to have known your Dad; he is quite a gentleman, father and Grandfather to Sam. I hope you all have wonderful memories to comfort you; our prayers will be with you also.

  • Jan Blankenship Harris Posted January 19, 2022 2:38 PM

    Ginny, Drew, Sam and all your family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    You will be in my prayers.
    Aunt Jan

  • Rhonda Borecky Posted January 19, 2022 2:57 PM

    Dowell was always one of the nicest people I have ever known. God Bless Dowell

  • Roger W Owen Posted January 19, 2022 4:44 PM

    Dowell was a great friend an co-worker. Sandy, and family, prayers of comfort in your loss

  • Terry Rhoades Posted January 19, 2022 4:56 PM

    I’m very sad to hear of Dowell’s passing. I always enjoyed our talks about energy, cars, or any other topic of the day. He was a good man and I know he will be missed by many. I’m sending prayers of peace, comfort, and love up for Dowell’s family and friends.🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • Ted&Linda McNulty Posted January 19, 2022 5:18 PM

    Sending prayers and hugs to you all.

  • Mike Riley Posted January 19, 2022 5:55 PM

    I feel so lucky to have met and got to know Dowell. He was a great man and will be missed by all that knew him.

  • Mike Shockley Posted January 19, 2022 6:00 PM

    Dowell was one of the kindest , giving and loving friends you could ever have ! My prayers to Sandy and the family ! God Bless ! 🚂🚂

  • John James Posted January 19, 2022 6:15 PM

    Dowell was a fraternity brother at ASU. So sorry to learn of his passing. Prayers for his family

  • Bart Demosky Posted January 19, 2022 6:35 PM

    Sandy, Kerry and I are so sorry to hear of Dowell’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a great mentor to many – including me during the time we spent working together in Toronto. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Charlie and Lisa Ragans Posted January 19, 2022 7:24 PM

    Sandy, we are so sorry to hear about Dowell. Our thoughts, love and prayers are sent to you and your family.

  • Jim and Christine Hanson Posted January 19, 2022 7:28 PM

    Dowel was a true Southern Gentleman, loving husband, wonderful friend, devoted grandfather. He always had time for his friends, and those who needed his mentor ship. Our deepest condolences to you Sandy on your loss

  • Elizabeth Walters Posted January 19, 2022 7:54 PM

    Dowell was my manager at SPP and always very supportive and funny. I really enjoyed getting to know him while I was there. He was so excited when we put a bird feeder outside the window at work. He would come to my desk all the time and watch the birds with us. Peace to you Sandy and Ginny.

  • Rosemary Hughes Posted January 19, 2022 9:39 PM

    Sandy, I am so sorry to hear about Dowell. If there is anything Tony and I can do to help you please don’t hesitate to call us.

  • Lisa Strong Posted January 19, 2022 11:40 PM

    Oh my heart breaks for you Sandy. So many wonderful memories of Dowell when you were neighbors. Sandy, we are lifting you up with many heartfelt prayers.
    Love, Lisa & Brad

  • Pamela Ratliff Posted January 20, 2022 7:29 AM

    Sandy and Ginny…I am so sorry to learn of Dowell’s passing. He was a wonderful person and an even greater friend. His kindness, sense of humor and sincere nature is a rare combination. God be with you both in the days to come

  • Mike Riley Posted January 20, 2022 7:35 AM

    Sorry to hear this, Dowell and I worked together at the Cotton Belt Railroad. I always enjoyed his quick wit and easy smile.

  • Louise Poitras Posted January 20, 2022 8:41 AM

    I met Mr Hudson in Oakville Ontario Canada. I didn’t know him very well but Sandy spoke highly of her handsome husband. He was her rock.
    My sincere sympathy to Sandy and family. With Love.

  • Sheri Granger Posted January 20, 2022 11:43 AM

    Thank you for the privalage of loving you and Mr. Dowell. His wit,charm and dance moves will forever be etched in my heart. My Prayers, Love and Hugs are with you at this time.

  • Briana McNeill Posted January 20, 2022 11:57 AM

    Sandy and Ginny: David and I were so sorry to hear of Dowell’s passing. Although it’s been many many many years since we’d all worked together at both Entergy SOC and SPP, we have many fond memories of our Entergy/SPP families. Please accept our sincere condolences. David and Briana McNeill

  • Laura Meyers Posted January 20, 2022 6:42 PM

    For me, Dowell Hudson was the perfect example of a Christian, a husband, a father, and of a friend. . I can say that, other than my own daddy, I have never known a kinder, more generous, gentle and loving man. He was simply a “treasure”. Dowell will be forever remembered in my heart as truly one of my favorite people I have ever known. Kind to everyone, generous and loving, Dowell’s heart was made of gold and he treasured his family and friends, always putting others ahead of himself. He was blessed with Sandy, who loved him with everything she had… totally devoted until the end. I love you Dowell, and hopefully will see you in heaven… I know you will be first in line.

  • Donna Kaye Ratliff Cotner Posted January 20, 2022 9:02 PM

    Sandy and Ginny, my sincere condolences. I only learned today that Dowell has moved to Heaven, healthy and happy with our Jesus. Dowell was such a good man, loving, gentle and giving. I cannot remember when you were not the love of his life –
    “east meets west.” – so many great memories! Dear friend, I love you. Know you are in my prayers.

  • Jennifer Jackson Posted January 21, 2022 11:58 AM

    I’m a 1994 classmate of both Drew and Ginny from Pine Bluff High School. I just wanted to offer my condolences to the entire family. Ginny was such an exceptional student and classmate and after reading the obituary, I have more understanding of why that was.

  • Jimmy and Bitsie Collins Posted January 30, 2022 4:05 PM

    Sandy and family ,Jimmy and I are so sorry for your loss. Dowell was a good friend and I know he will missed by all who knew him. Our prayers to you all .

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