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Mickey Hudson, CEO of Hudson Discount Stores, Dies of Tornado in Marion County

COLUMBIA, Mississippi – The CEO of Hudson’s Inc. died in an Alabama hospital from injuries sustained in the December 23 tornado in Marion County, Mississippi.

The family announced Mickey Hudson’s death on Facebook and his death has been confirmed by local authorities.

Hudson was the CEO of Hudson Inc., which operates numerous Hudson’s Treasure Hunt and Hudson’s Dirt Cheap stores in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana.

Marion County Emergency Management Director Aaron Greer said Hudson, 71, died around 3 a.m. on Saturday at the South Baldwin Regional Medical Center in Foley, Alabama.

“He lived in Ellisville and was traveling to Liberty on Tuesday afternoon,” he said. “He was in his vehicle and on the phone with someone. He saw the tornado and pulled into a parking lot. The windows of the vehicle shattered and he was tossed around.”

Greer said Hudson refused first medical aid.

“He felt worse and was hospitalized,” Greer said. “He died a few days later.

Marion County Coroner Norma Williamson says she does not know the exact cause of Hudson’s death.

Hudson was the third victim of the tornado in Marion County and the fifth in Mississippi.

There were two deaths in Colombia. Authorities said Amber Sumrall, 33, a hairdresser at Head to Toe, died while hiding in the living room. Williamson said debris had passed through the wall and hit Sumrall.

The second victim was found buried in debris in a nearby trailer park. Mary Sartin, 71, was found at her home in Wilk’s Trailer Park, which was almost completely destroyed.

Two people have died in Jones County. They have been identified as Leonardo Drummond, 45, and Josey White, 40. Authorities say their mobile home was completely destroyed.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency officials have asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to visit the damaged areas to determine if federal help may be available.

MEMA officials said initial figures from the Dec. 23 storms show a total of 241 homes and 77 businesses sustained damage in three counties in Mississippi. About fifty injured have been reported.

In Marion County, the hardest-hit area, a tornado destroyed or caused extensive damage to 108 homes and 43 businesses. In Jones County, 12 homes and one business were destroyed or suffered significant damage. In Lamar County, a business suffered significant damage.

MEMA says other homes and businesses suffered minor damage.

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