Jolly Roger Hudgeons, 81, of Brazoria, TX passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Friday, April 8, 2022, after a long battle with Parkinson’s. He was a resident of Brazoria County his whole life. He was born September 17, 1940, in Albany and grew up in Damon. Once married, Jolly and Gloria moved to Angleton and then Brazoria, where they lived and raised their family.
Jolly is survived by his 3 children Donette, Randy (Deanna), and Jolene (Lucas); grandchildren Nathan, Shelby (Christian), Hannah (Thomas), Logan and Jordan; his mother-in-law Bertha Hruby; 4 siblings Larry, Michael, Dorothy, and Laura, as well as numerous family and friends.
Jolly was preceded in death by his loving wife, Gloria of 55 years, parents Sam and Sophie Hudgeons, fathers-in law Alphonse Vacek and Edmund Hruby, and his beloved siblings Lester, Joyce, Donald, Sandra, and Jerry (Stormy).
Jolly was a very talented carpenter and used his skills professionally as well as personally. He retired from Dow Chemical Company in Freeport after 27 ½ years working in the Carpenter’s Shop. He also built homes through Cut-Rate Builders and cabinetry work with Ballard. His specialty was framing houses and building custom cabinets for our family and friends.
His true passions in life were taking care of his family, hunting and fishing, gardening, and pickling, and always joking around. He loved to dance with Gloria, leading Wedding Grand Marches, square dancing and never missing a Saturday night at the dance hall. After retirement, Jolly enjoyed spending time at “The Jolly Ranch”, which he referred to as “God’s Country”.
Jolly was a life-long member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and was a 3rd Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus Council 8548. He was active in helping any way he could at the Church, including the bazaars late night bar-b-que, and building the beautiful altar cross.
The family will welcome friends and loved ones on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at C.T. Baker & Sons Funeral Home in West Columbia, with a Rosary to be Recited at 6:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at C.T. Baker & Sons Funeral Home in West Columbia. Interment will follow in Brazoria Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers will be Jolly’s nephews: Clint Hudgeons, Travis Hudgeons, Cody Hudgeons, Kurt Lee Hudgeons, Mike Hudgeons, Ray Charles Winkelman, Brandon Winkelman, and Duane Wagner.
A special Thank You to Right at Home and his caregiver Stephanie Swinney (sister), for providing excellent care for the past 4 ½ years. In addition, we appreciate the support provided by Liz Martinez, Hospice Nurse with A-Med, during the last couple of weeks. We have truly been blessed with 2 Angels on Earth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation in memory of Jolly Hudgeons.