Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on 1/11/2008.
FRANK PARKER HUDSON Frank Parker Hudson of Atlanta passed away on January 8, 2008. He was born December 12, 1918 in Americus GA, the son of Dr. Percy W. Hudson, a veterinarian, and Janie Inez Martin, a school teacher. He had four siblings, attended public school in Montezuma GA, and graduated from Georgia Tech in 1941 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He was married for 58 years to Elizabeth Lee Podlich of Baltimore MD, who predeceased him in 2001. He is survived by three sons: Frank Parker Hudson, Jr. and his wife Alida of Atlanta, Stephen Edward Hudson and his wife Diane of LaFayette, GA, and James Burnett Hudson and his wife Janet of Bend, OR; seven grandchildren: Alida Chanler Hudson Krupa of Atlanta, Frank Parker Hudson III of Philadelphia, Joseph Marshall Hudson of Charleston, SC, William Canfield Hudson and Michael Ogier Hudson, of Atlanta, Gregory James Hudson of Lake Oswego, OR and Derek Scott Blackmore of St. Louis, MO; and one great grandson: Marshall Henry Krupa of Atlanta. Hudson entered the Army Air Corps in June 1941 after graduating from GA Tech ROTC and retired from the Army Reserve in 1978, achieving the rank of Colonel. After serving as an Ordinance Officer in World War II, Hudson led Spotswood Parker & Company, an Atlanta based engineering manufacturer's rep firm, and its several subsidiaries, until he retired in 1987. In 1958 he developed and held a patent for a burner fire safety control system. Following retirement he pursued full time his passion for genealogical research. His books, An 1800 Census for Lincoln County, GA; A 1790 Census for Wilkes County, GA, and Wilkes County, GA Tax Records, 1785-1805, the result of 30 years of work, capture information on thousands of Georgia's early residents, not to mention early maps, watercourses, and other information pertinent to serious research. He also wrote numerous articles for the Georgia Genealogical Society Quarterly. In 2002 Hudson received the Augusta Genealogical Society's highest yearly honor, the Arthur Award, for his efforts to record and publish old genealogical and historical records. He also received the society's Distinguished Service Award for his work with the Wilkes County Tax Records. In 2003 he received the Georgia Secretary of State Historical Records Advisory Board Award for Advocacy in recognition of his significant support for Georgia's historical records, and the creation of a trust fund to raise awareness about preserving "loose" courthouse records in Georgia. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 2pm at St. Anne's Episcopal Church, 3098 Northside Parkway NW, followed by internment of the cremated remains in the churchyard. Friends are invited to gather in the church's Parish Hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Anne's Church or The Georgia Tech Foundation, Inc. Cremation Society of Georgia 404-355-7627