*The time of the service has been changed back to its original time. It will now be 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at First Baptist Church in Columbia.
James R. Tudor, 91, passed away at Boone Hospital Center the morning of Monday, Aug. 26. He was born March 26, 1922, in Ft. Smith, Ark., to Jesse and Letha Tudor. He married Lenora Tudor on Jan. 1, 1972, in Columbia, Mo.
Dr. Tudor was a Lt. Colonel, Retired of World War II Army Air Corps on the 392nd Bomb Group “B-24 Liberators." He was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, the Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a member of the VFW Post #290, 32nd degree Mason Acacia Lodge, White Shrine No. 7-Columbia, Mo. and was also on the Central Missouri Honor Flight.
He was a lifetime deacon at the First Baptist Church of Columbia. He obtained a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Missouri and a Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago. He was a professor for 35 years and Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri. Dr. Tudor was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, National Society of Professional Engineers, and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. He was involved in the Boone County and National Historical Society and Hallsville Historical Society as well as a past member and president of the Hallsville School Board. Dr. Tudor loved his family, the outdoors, and farming. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Dr. Tudor is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lenora Tudor; five children, Martin (Karen) Paul Tudor of Washington, Mo., Caroline (Robert) Conrey of Gainesville, Fla., Louise Willsey of Mesa, Ariz., Ginny (Jim) Pike of Defiance, Mo., and Carla (Joe) Brewer of Hallsville, Mo.; six grandchildren, Kelly Konie, Josh Pike, Samantha Clarkson, Jessica Howell, David Brewer, and Jonathan Tudor; and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Letha Tudor, and three siblings, Zelpha Culbertson, Darlene Tudor, and Norman Tudor.
Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28. Funeral Service will commence at 11:00 a.m.* on Thursday, Aug. 29 at the First Baptist Church. Burial will immediately follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, Central Missouri Honor Flight, or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be left at memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com