Family, friends remember Sherman cattleman

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

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.

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  • by Bill Location: southmayd on Jan 30, 2008 at 11:29 AM
    Mr.Hudgins was a great guy,and will be missed...Larry from Gunter,ever thought about higher education?
  • by Nick Location: Poland on Jan 30, 2008 at 01:41 AM
    Condolences to the family.
  • by larry Location: gunter tx on Jan 29, 2008 at 02:42 PM
    lee was a man that took a hand shake a man word he did thing like the old days when you word was as good a money i meet lee with doc bounds one night in sherman i willnot forget it doc got some cows off lee and was going to give hima chech lee said look and see what you want and send back the ones you dont want with a check now who would that today with a word the deal was done iknow lee and some of his buddy had coffer where i work ever day i would ask about the old days lee was a good man just hope god got cows for him to cear for larry gorondy gunter tx rip lee
  • by Bart Location: Sherman on Jan 29, 2008 at 02:38 PM
    Mr. Hudgins was the epitimy of a gentleman. He will be missed.
  • by Linda Location: Sherman on Jan 29, 2008 at 09:42 AM
    My condolences to the family. I used to serve coffee to "Mr. Pete" at the old Ramada Inn restaurant. This community is a better place because of the Hudgins family.
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