DeWitt Clinton Hudkins Obituary and Appreciation

This obituary was submitted by Julia Sterrett.


Probably from the Clarksburg newspaper April, 1926

DeWitt Clinton Hudkins, 91, near Philippi, died Wednesday in a local hospital after a long illness. He was a prominent farmer and stockman, a public minded citizen and highly respected by all, He was born June 7, 1854 and was a lifelong resident of Barbour county. He was a son of Abraham and Maria Morgan Hudkins. He is survived by the following nieces and nephews: Mrs. Edna Humphreys, of Mansfield, Ohio; Mrs. Hope White, Mrs. Dorothy Swiger, Miss Merle Stewart, all of Clarksburg; Mrs. Nellie Queen of Washington, D. C.; Roscoe Riley of Wellington, Kansas, and Stanley Stewart of Philippi. L. C. Stephens and Sons has charge of arrangements.

April 25 [1946] DeWitt Clinton Hudkins, 91, well known farmer of Elk District, died Wednesday night in a local hospital. Friends may call at the Philippi Funeral Home in Philippi, where funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30. Professor Floyd T. Holden will officiate. Interment in the Clarksburg Masonic Cemetery.

The Barbour Democrat May 2, 1946

DeWitt Clinton Hudkins was born in Barbour County, June 7, 1854, son of Abram and Maria Morgan Hudkins. Both father and mother were of the finest pioneer people. Abram Hudkins was a man noted for his integrity and kindliness. The mother was a descendant of the New England Morgans, one of whom was Hezekiah Morgan, a Revolutionary soldier. Some of the Morgans moved into Upshur County early in the 19th century. Both father and mother were devout and consistent Christians and were faithful members of the Ebenezer Baptist Church, of Elk District.

Clinton Hudkins was, in many ways, like both his parents. Geniality and kindness characterized him.

It was the writer's good furtune to be associated with Mr. Hudkins for some years in the conduct of the public schools opf Elk District. He was president of the Board of Education of Elk District and I was the secretary of the board. Associated with him were Mr. Edgar Douglas and Mr. Nathan Callihan. Three finer men could not have been found to care for the schools. As secretary I had to go to Mr. Hudkins for directions in issuing vouchers for the payment of bills. Mr. Hudkins was exact but carefully just in considering any claim that arose for settlement. He had a keen sense of humor that smoothed rough spots and kept the milk of human kindness from souring.

Practically all his life was spent on his farm on Elk. He was always a good neighbor and a public-spirited citizen. He was a great reader and watched with deep interest all world developments. Before the enfeeblement of the last few years he traveled in parts of the United States and visited Europe and Mexico.

He was the last of his immediate family and his nearest surviving relatives are two nephews, Stanley Stewart of Elk and R. H. Riley of Wellington, Kansas; five nieces, Mrs. Edna Humphreys, of Philippi, W. Va., Mrs. Hope S. White, Mrs. J. E. Swiger and Miss Merle Stewart, all of Clarksburg, W. Va.; and Mrs. L. T. Queen of Washington, D. C.; three grand-nieces, Mrs. Clayton Briggs, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Mrs. Marjorie K, Workman of Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Karl J. Myers of Philippi, W. Va.; and three grand-nephews, sons of R. H. Riley of Wellington, Kansas.

Mr. Hudkins' death occurred April 24, his funeral was April 26, and his remains were deposited in a mausoleum at Clarksburg the same day.
FLOYD T. HOLDEN


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