Arnett Lee Judon, Sr., was born on February 21, 1940, to Arnett Doyle Judon and Sophia Louise Berry Judon of Tupelo, Mississippi. He was the second born of five children. He professed his faith in Jesus Christ at an early age at St. Paul Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Belden, Mississippi.
In 1963, Arnett earned a bachelor's degree in education and macro-economics from Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. In 2013, Arnett received a 50-year Golden Anniversary diploma from Rust College. Immediately upon graduation Arnett migrated to Evanston, IL, at the invitation of his sister-cousin Anne
Brumsey; joining a host of loving family members. Arnett met and married the love of his life, Katrina Maxwell. A doting daughter, Michelle Lannette, and a dedicated son, Arnett Lee Jr, were born from this union.
In Evanston, Arnett joined Springfield Missionary Baptist Church; and later united with Christ Temple Missionary Baptist Church under the pastoral leadership of Pastor Jerome Brown. After Pastor Brown's passing, Arnett supported Pastor Kenneth Cherry in his new role as Senior Pastor. Arnett was honored to serve
as Chairman of the Board and become one of Pastor Cherry's closest confidants.
Arnett served his church community in many capacities over the years: as an usher of the Northshore Zone, Deacon, Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Christ Temple, serving faithfully until his passing.
Arnett retired as a supervisor at Wyeth Laboratories after 35 years of service. Known to many as' Uncle Buddy, as shared so lovingly by his niece Leslie Renee, the name is fitting because he was an uncle and a buddy to everyone he knew. Arnett was a family man who enjoyed spending time with the love of his life Katrina, family reunions, attending Sunday School with his best friend, Clarence Martin, leading Sunday morning devotions, driving his customers and supporting his wife with volunteering and serving the needy at Hilda's Place Shelter. Arnett "Papa" Judon loved spoiling his gift grandchildren and gift great grandchildren which included several trips to 7-Eleven, daily.
Arnett enjoyed serving people and is described by all who know him as genuine, loving, kind-hearted and gentle. He will be remembered as a pillar of the community and a giant of a man with a servants' heart. Arnett departed this life on December 10, 2021, at his home, surrounded by his wife and children. He leaves to cherish his memory, his loving and devoted wife Katrina of 55 years; his children: Michelle Judon and Arnett Lee Judon Jr.; a brother, Howard Ellis Judon (Bonita); two sisters: Ada Pannel and Shirley Kohlhiem (Mitchell); special siblings: Anne Brumsey, Eloise Bell, Clara Sue Daniels (Larry), George Judon Jr.
(Selestine), and Jimmy Judon (Wilma). Arnett remains in the hearts of loving in-laws: Gennie Murray (Paul-deceased), Louis Maxwell, Steward Maxwell (Ouida), Felix Maxwell (Joetta), Sess Maxwell and Valorie Maxwell Jackson (Kent). There is a host of gift sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and gift grandchildren and gift
great grandchildren to sustain his legacy. Please keep the family in your prayers.
Arrangements entrusted to Thompson Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. Mr. Philip L. Gillette ~ Funeral Director
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