In Loving Memory
January 13, 1957 – February 19, 2017
Joseph Sumner Hudson (January 13, 1957-February 19, 2017), born in Columbus, Georgia, and a resident of Daphne, Alabama, suddenly passed away just five days after celebrating his fifteenth wedding anniversary with his beloved wife and soul mate, Susan Rush Hudson. A kind man with a gentle spirit, Joe was a loving father to the children and stepchildren who survive him: Jessica (Bill) Wofford of Spanish Fort, Alabama; Ted (Amanda) Daniels, of Nashville, Tennessee; Brooke (Adam) Gaudry of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Trinity Michael Hudson of Daphne. He is also survived by his parents, Eugene and Kathryn Hudson of Fairhope, Alabama; siblings Suzanne Hudson (Joe Formichella) of Fairhope, John (Frances) Hudson of Fairhope, and honorary sister Jamie Gardner Rutan of Pensacola, Florida. He was preceded in death by his cherished little brother and friend, Wilson Stewart Hudson and was a loving uncle to Jason Stewart (Heather) Hudson of Robertsdale and Hudson Howard (Jennifer) Lewis of San Diego, California; and he was loving and devoted to many friends, relatives and grandchildren, including Mary Brighton Wofford, Asher Wofford, Christian Bourgeois, and Brayden Gaudry.
A 1975 graduate of T. R. Miller High School in Brewton, Alabama, where he grew up, Joe, nicknamed “Block” and “Bootie” by his teammates, did not let a severe hearing loss keep him from excelling at football, intently watching for the snap since he could not hear the quarterback. He hit touchdown pay dirt often and was honored to be selected All State End. In addition, he excelled at basketball, baseball, and especially golf. He was an intrepid and talented water skier as well, spending summer days on Lake Blackshear, Georgia where the family had a vacation home. The joke in the family was that Joe got “all the athlete genes,” with none left over for his three siblings. He attended Jefferson Davis Junior College, the University of South Alabama, and worked for quite a few years at T. R. Miller Mill Company in Brewton before moving to Baldwin County. There, he worked faithfully for fifteen years, until his passing, for Baldwin Truss Company (formerly NFL Lumber). Finding his home in Daphne, Joe settled into a deep spiritual relationship with his faith, his wife, and his home church, City Hope Church, pastored by Reverend Jerry Taylor. He not only believed in his faith, he lived it, and endeavored to be kind to everyone, turn the other cheek, and be generous with anything he had.
“Joe was easy to love,” an old friend said, and, indeed, he was. His warm and fun-loving nature was complementary to a fierce work ethic, and he made friends wherever he worked, wherever he went, and wherever he worshipped. He did not suffer fools yet he rarely uttered a cross word. He was an avid Auburn fan who loved to laugh. He was a reluctant hunter who bagged his share of deer before giving it up. He was a true example of a life well lived and well loved, and he will be deeply missed. All of us who were fortunate enough to have known and loved him are feeling a profound absence today, as we will in the days going forward.
War Eagle, Joe! Say hello to Wilson for us all.
A wake/reception will be held on Thursday, February 23 at 5:00 p.m. at City Hope Church in Malbis, Alabama. A memorial/celebration of life service will begin at 6:00 p.m. at City Hope Church, Reverend Jerry Taylor presiding, with arrangements being made through Hughes Funeral Home in Daphne, Alabama. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to the City Hope Church Legacy Fund, 10063 Rockwell School Drive, Spanish Fort, AL 36527.