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Thomas Brittain “Britt” Hudson

Thomas Brittain “Britt” Hudson, 84, passed away  peacefully,  surrounded by his family, on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at  the John F.  Keever, Jr. Hospice Center. October 13 would have been his  45Th wedding  anniversary with his loving wife, Beverly.

Britt was born in  Hickory, North Carolina to Bruce Allen  and Fannie Belle Brittain Hudson  on June 11, 1934. Britt entered the  United States Army in 1955,  serving two years of duty. He attended the  University of North Carolina  Chapel Hill, graduating in 1959 with a  Bachelor Degree in English;  Britt forever remained an avid UNC fan.  Following graduation Britt  began his 38 year career with William H.  Rorer as a pharmaceutical  representative and was the first inductee of  the William H. Rorer Hall  of Fame. Britt was a volunteer baseball coach  for Little League in  Asheville for 24 years, a zealous golfer, and a  competitive tennis  player in the USTA League. Britt was a member of the  Asheville Civitan Club for 10 years, serving in various capacities,  including a college scholarship committee. 

He  was preceded in death by his parents, one infant sister  and three  infant brothers. Also preceding in death are siblings Donnie  Hudson  Hayes, Edna Hudson Gragg, Lucy Hudson Robbins, Bruce Hudson,  Truman  Hudson, Glenn Hudson, and wife Patricia Ann Broyhill Hudson,  mother of  his children Brad Hudson and Laura Hudson Welch.

Survivors include  his wife of forty–four years, Beverly  Chambers Hudson, sister Dorothy  “Dot” Hudson Meadows of Hickory, North  Carolina, children Brad Hudson  of Asheville, Laura Hudson Welch and  husband Jim, of Beaumont,  California, April James of Asheville, Rodney  James, and wife Andrea of  Asheville, grandchildren Nicole Welch Parrish,  husband Corey, of  Beaumont, California, Brittain Welch, wife Ebony, of  Highland,  California, Patrick James of Durham, North Carolina, and  Delaney James  of Atlanta, Georgia. Great grandchildren are Tristan and  Noah Parrish,  Journie, Elah, and Brinley Welch. Special family friend  Luke Thompson,  and pet family member Barney, his beloved Cocker Spaniel.  

In  lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Skyland  Fire Department,  PO Box 640, Skyland, 28776 and/or WNC Rescue Mission,  225 Patton  Avenue, Asheville, 28801. A “come as you are” memorial  service was held  at Morris Funeral Home in Asheville, North Carolina on  Sunday, October  7. The UNC alma mater and fight song was played during  the service in  honor of Britt's love for Carolina.

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