T
imothy Hudson (’82) is a man of
many talents and occupations.
During his 56 years, he has
been a sheriff’s deputy, a soldier in
the U.S. Army, Lowndes County
Prosecutor, a bounty hunter, a private
practice lawyer and a professional
wrestler.
Having been born and raised
betweenVernon and Caledonia,
Timothy has spent his life in
Mississippi. After graduating from
Lamar County High School, he
attended East Mississippi Community
College, graduated fromWilliam
Carey University with a degree
in business administration, and
graduated from the University of
Mississippi’s School of Law in 1985.
By the time he earned his law degree,
Timothy had more occupations than
most people have in a lifetime.
Upon his graduation from high
school, Timothy joined the military
and served two years in the Army as a
Military Policeman in NewYork City.
He worked on the waterfront where
military supplies are loaded and
unloaded and was able to experience
the United States Bicentennial in
1976. “I was right in the middle of it.
I saw President Ford and the Queen
of England,” he said. “I was stationed
at the peninsula in Hudson Bay; you
could see the statue of liberty. It was
a secure base, and the President and
Queen entered and left through it.”
After the Army, Timothy came
back home to go to school and took
a job at the Lowndes County Sheriff’s
Department. As chief deputy, he was
involved in everything from busting
an underground moonshine still to
alligator hunting, and even worked
occasionally as a bounty hunter on
the side. “Rural Sheriff is the most
interesting area of law enforcement
you can work because you’re going
to do everything.”
After his stint with the sheriff’s
department, Timothy moved to
Oxford to go to the University of
Mississippi Law School. “Something
I’m proud of is that I was able to get
seven years of college and pay for it
myself,” he said. “It was lean times,
and I did whatever I could to make
enough money to buy a hamburger
and tuna fish. I did a bunch of (odd
jobs) to put food on the table.”
One of those odd jobs happened
to be professional wrestling. “I
worked for various wrestling
promoters when I was in law school,”
he said. “I would occasionally leave
Ole Miss and drive to Tupelo and
work Friday night there, then drive
all night to Atlanta and do their TV
wrestling on Saturday morning.”
Timothy said that he met many
interesting people in that line of work
but maintained that he would not
have wrestled if he had not needed
the money. “Once I had a paycheck,
it replaced my need to [wrestle],” he
said. “I came back home to begin
practicing law. After a year, I ran for
county prosecutor and got it that first
year.” Timothy served the next 24
years as Lowndes County Prosecutor,
and it kept him very busy. He says the
rewarding part of the job was the rare
occasion that he was able to change
someone’s life for the better.
Timothy now practices law at
Sims & Sims in Columbus, Miss.,
and has been there for 22 years. “I
haven’t retired,” he said. “I’ve always
had a private practice of law, doing
everything from divorces to title
searches. I just decided it was time
for someone else to take over the
duties [of County Prosecutor].”
Timothy has been married to Mary
Jean Hudson for almost 26 years.
They have three children: Jordan,
a registered nurse; Collen, who has
followed in her father’s footsteps by
going into law; and Russ, who is in
the U.S. Army.
Because he likes to keep busy,
Timothy spends his extra time
working on a little cabin down by
Yellow Creek as a place to have
weekend getaways. He says he
has no intention of retiring in the
foreseeable future and has no idea
what his next adventure will be. He’s
sure it will find him.
Photo and article used with
permission fromThe Columbus
Packet.
Tim of All Trades
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