LINCOLNTON - Jimmy Niles Hudson, 70, peacefully passed away on Sept. 2, 2014, in Gastonia.
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A native of Gastonia, he was the son of the late Kenneth Hudson. In addition to his father, he was pre-ceded in death by his daughter, Meg.
Mr. Hudson was co-founder of Handy Pantry Food Stores, Inc. of Gastonia and Jim Dandy Food Stores, Morehead City, North Carolina. He was founder and charter member of the North Carolina Asso-ciation of Convenience Stores. He was also a financial advisor with Merrill-Lynch and Hilliard-Lyons.
He was veteran of the United States Navy and served his country during the Vietnam Conflict.
He was a Past Master of Gastonia Masonic Lodge # 369, and served as District Deputy Grandmaster. He was a member of Gastonia York Rite Bodies, also a 32nd degree KCCH, of the Charlotte Scottish Rite, member of the Oasis Shriners, recipient of the Service Award, Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, past presi-dent of Pacemaker Shrine Club and past president of Gaston County Shrine Charities. Mr. Hudson was past Secretary / Treasurer of the Gaston County Shrine Club, member of the Royal Order of Jesters, Char-lotte Court.
In addition to his wife, Beth, he is survived by his mother, Eloise Hudson of Charlotte, and his daugh-ters and their spouses; Daryl and Denise Bryson of Belmont, Richard and Patricia Rosenbeck, and Sara Hudson all of Cramerton, and his grandchildren, Alex Bryson, Zach Bryson, Johnny Cates, Troy Hahn, Jr.; and Breeanna Hahn.
The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia prior to the graveside service at noon at Gaston Memorial Park, officiated by Pastor John Stanley.
Military Rites will be provided by the Gaston County Honor Guard and Masonic Rites will be present-ed by local Masonic Members.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.
Condolences may be sent to www.mcleanfuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the Hudson family.
McLean Funeral Directors
700 South New Hope Road
Gastonia, NC 28054
Published in Gaston Gazette on Sept. 4, 2014