Thompson Hudson IV, 81, of Oxford passed away Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at Life Care Hospitals of Chester County, West Chester.He was the husband of the late Helen E. Chapman Hudson, with whom he had shared 57 years of marriage. Helen passed away February 23, 2005.

Born in Hopewell, he was the son of the late Thompson Hudson III and Jane Louise Steele Hudson.

Thompson lived in Oxford most of his life. He owned and operated Hudson's Barber Shop for 61 years, retiring in November, 2007. He also was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II.

He was a member of Mason-Dixon Post #194, American Legion, Rising Sun, Md. and the Oxford Church of the Nazarene. He loved his

Thompson Hudson, IV family and devoted his life to raising his family and foster children as well.

He is survived by three daughters, Kathy J. Elville and her husband, Harry, Kay E. Carr and her husband, Bill, all of Oxford, and Donna J. Jackson of Rising Sun, Md.; one son, David Higginbotham and his wife, Lisa of Oxford; 13 grandchildren, including a granddaughter that he raised and who resided with him, Amber Roark; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Lois E. Farmer and her husband, Richard of Oxford.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Thompson was preceded in death by a son, Thompson Hudson V, and two brothers, Dean Hudson and Marvin Hudson.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2008 at the Edward L. Collins Funeral Home, Inc., 86 Pine St., Oxford, Pa.

Interment with full military honors was in the Oxford Cemetery. On-line condolences may be made at

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