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Arthur Lee Hudgens Sr., affectionally known as "Art" by his family and friends, was born on April 8, 1951, in Detroit, Michigan to the late Eddie and Corrine Hudgens. He was the fourth of eleven children. His siblings, Michael Hall, Brenda Robinson, Rickey Hudgens, Jaletta Hudgens-Davis, and Roderick Hudgens, all preceded him in death.
Art attended the Detroit Public School Systems and was a graduate of Northwestern High School. During high school he participated in and won many talent shows displaying his love for music and singing. Singing seemingly became his first passion in life. After graduating high school, Art quickly joined the United States Air Force where one of his assigned duties was meal preparation and cooking. The cooking skills he acquired in the Air Force led to his second passion in life. Ultimately fishing and hunting became the third and fourth of his four passions in life.
Shortly after an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, Art married Alyse Weston and to that union one daughter and two sons were born. That marriage lasted 48 years. As Art began to be blessed with grandchildren it quickly became apparent Art's greatest joy and heart's delight was spending time with the "grannies" as he so proudly referred to them. He was always sharing and highlighting their many accomplishments and doing everything he could to help them mature, grow, and prosper.
Art worked for all of the big three automobile manufacturers: Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors working at various positions. At General Motors he was an IT Specialist and was responsible for establishing, maintaining, and repairing computers and digitals networks. He really had a love for building and repairing computers and these were just a few of many jobs he held.
Art accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior early in life and attended several churches until he joined Pilgrim Travelers Missionary Baptist Church in Inkster, Michigan in the early 1990's under the leadership of Pastor Charlie E. Knighten. He was a faithful member for close to thirty years and served in the choir, male chorus, and on the usher board. In 2022, Art joined Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church in Westland, Michigan under the leadership of Rev. Dr. John E. Duckworth and served on the usher board.
In February 2023, Art married Deborah Hill with whom he shared one daughter and a stepson.
Art was a fearless, courageous man who loved the Lord. His faith in God allowed him to overcome many challenges in life, often showing how resilient he was. Art will always be remembered for his love of music, cooking and entertaining guests, his sense of humor, his giving heart, and faithfulness to God.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories; his loving wife Deborah Hudgens, three daughters: Latonya Purdue, Delshawnna Hudgens, and Jessica Hudgens, two sons: Arthur Lee Hudgens Jr. (Selena) and Alexander Hudgens (Keaunta) and stepson Adon Hill. Siblings: Carlton Hudgens (Benetha), Diana Lewis, Wesley Hudgens (Rita), Donna Hudgens, and Edward Hudgens. Nineteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Special friends: Clyde McCullough, Alonzo Kendricks, George Williams, Bural Sanders, Robert Johnson, and Raphael Washington. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.