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.