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Carl Burl Hudgens

November 18, 1929 — February 1, 2021

Carl Burl Hudgens, 91, of Marion, passed away on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 6 pm at Carrier Mills Nursing Home.

Carl was born November 18, 1929 in Makanda, the youngest son of Harvey and Lona (Stokes) Hudgens.  He married Betty Ruth Meneese in 1955. She preceded him in death in 1965. He later married Dolly Irene Kelton on May 21, 1987 at Second Baptist Church in Marion and together they shared over 32 years of marriage until her death on June 4, 2019.

Carl proudly served his country during the Korean War, stationed in the Iron Triangle as an Army Ammunition Foreman.  His memberships included the Second Baptist Church, lifetime member of the VFW Post #1301 and Post #147 American Legion.  His working career included farmer, nine years as a coal miner, and he retired from the State of Illinois.  In his free time he enjoyed fishing, hunting and was an avid Cardinals baseball fan.

Survivors include his:

Daughter – Carla Klaine of Marion

Daughter- Deanna and Virgil Lambert of Goreville

Step-Son- Jeffrey Fisher of Marion

Four grandchildren- Allison Klaine-Cagle and husband Chris of Murphysboro

     Courtney McCree and husband Mike of Evansville, Indiana

     Kim Janz and husband Doug of Marion

     Pamela Hudgens of Marion

Great Grandchildren- Lucy and Jack Cagle

     Collin and Jaxin McCree

     Ashley and Amanda Hart

     Jacob Janz

Preceded by his Parents, first wife- Betty Ruth, second wife– Dolly Irene, son- Tony Hudgens, two brothers and seven sisters.

A time of visitation will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion. Inurnment with military rites will take place at a later date. Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion is assisting the family with final arrangements.

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