Retired Culpeper lawyer Joseph B. Hudson Jr. died at his home Oct. 15. He was 82.
A native of Rappahannock County, he attended the University of Richmond. He then joined the Virginia State Police, serving as a trooper in the Keysville area.
In 1943, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and served as a radar navigator on a B-29 Superfortress with the Sixth Bomb Group, 313th Wing, 20th Air Force. He flew 23 combat missions against Japan, and following that country’s surrender, he continued flying missions, dropping supplies to Allied prisoners of war.
He was awarded numerous campaign decorations, including the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve during the Korean War.
After World War II, he attended the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond and was admitted to the bar in October 1949.
That same year, he and Jackson L. Fray formed the law firm of Fray & Hudson in Culpeper. He practiced law with his firm 52 years, retiring in 2001.
He served as a member of the Culpeper Town Council and was a founding member of the Country Club of Culpeper, Inc. He served as a board member and later as chairman of the Board of Jefferson Savings & Loan Association.
Mr. Hudson chaired the Seventh District Ethics Committee of the Virginia State Bar and was a member of the VSB Disciplinary Board.
He served as commissioner of accounts for Culpeper County from 1985 to 2000.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Hart Hudson; his son, Joseph Benton Hudson III of Reva, his son, Robert Copenhaver Hudson of Culpeper, four grandchildren, four stepchildren and five stepgrandchildren.