SHERMAN, Tex. -- Funeral services are set for Tuesday for a Sherman man that some call a pioneer of the Texas cattle industry. Lee Hudgins died Saturday at the age of 86. Some called him a pioneer of the Texas cattle industry, especially in Grayson County. Mystic Matthews spoke to friends and family of Lee Hudgins.
Those who knew Lee Hudgins speak highly of the man who lived in the town where he was born back in 1921.
"He was very much a gentleman, a kind man. Extroverted, outgoing, loved people, his friends, what he did for a living."
John Hudgins says his father was more than just the head of the family. He was a great man to everyone around him.
“He would help anyone, sometimes he would offer work to anyone who wanted work and his time to a positive cause.”
Friends and family say Lee loved his work.
“He loved the cattle business, a steward of land. Family’s learned 150 years ranching, it’s about the grass and not the cattle."
Those who knew him say he wasn't just a cattleman, he was a conservationist.
“You have to take care of grass for cattle to do well. We all have a strongly instilled spirit of conservation and respect for what was originally here, and the environment for what was given to us. He tried to maintain it in that way."
Many others besides his family cared for Hudgins.
“A man of integrity, a fair man, honest as the day was long. The best thing is that he was a gentleman first," family friend Mike Wilson said.
Wilson’s father worked the cattle business with Hudgins, and Wilson went to school with Hudgins's sons.
“At time like this, words cannot describe a person. All those attributes, land contacts, political circles, he was a very humble man," said Wilson.