Five of Hudson's finest are honored

Nov. 22, 2012 @ 08:27 AM

While Tuesday’s agenda for the Hudson Board of Commissioners meeting was light, the substance of the meeting was not.

The town celebrated the achievements of five of its own in front of a packed house at Town Hall.

Earl Rader, 92, was honored by the board for his service in World War II, which included the landing at Normandy on D-Day. Rader was presented with a box containing his medals, which include a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star, as well as other badges and unit patches and insignia. He is a member of Hudson American Legion Post 392 and the Caldwell County Honor Guard.

Former mayor Joe Oliver was honored posthumously by the North Carolina League of Municipalities for his service to the town. Mayor Billy J. Beane said Oliver was mayor at a time of great difficulty in the town and expressed his personal appreciation of Oliver’s service to the town and its people.

“We appreciate Mr. Oliver and his family for all he did for the town,” Beane said. “He was mayor at a time when things were really tough, and he did a great job.”

Former town commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem J.D. Clawson also was honored posthumously by the NCLM for the role he played in the town’s development.

“All of us remember J.D.,” Beane said. “He was a member of our board and did a lot for the town in other respects as well.”

Retired police chief David Greene also was presented with a plaque from the NCLM for his 30 years of service. He retired from the police force in 2011.

Finally, the NCLM honored retired director of public works David Davenport for his service to the town. Davenport served the town for 35 years before his retirement last year. He started his career in public works before climbing the ladder all the way to the top of the department.

“I didn’t expect to find a home, but I found a very good one,” he said. “I’m proud to have been a part of the growth of Hudson — a very small part. I think this is one of the best small towns in the state, and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”