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Isham B. Hudson Jr.


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Isham B. Hudson Jr. Obituary
Isham Barney Hudson Jr.

June 6, 1929 - January 29, 2017

Raleigh

I. B. Hudson, 87, was born in Little Rock, AR, in the home of his grandmother. The eldest child of I. B. Hudson, Sr. and Eleanor Chowning Hudson, I. B. lived in North Carolina all his life. During his high school years, he would leave Andrews, NC where his father was the county school superintendent and live with his aunt and uncle, so that he could play cornet in the Lumberton High School band. I. B. was president of the student body and valedictorian of his class at Lumberton.

After graduating from Duke University, he joined the Marines as a 2nd Lieutenant and was sent to Korea. I. B. went to law school at the University of NC. As a young lawyer he joined law firms in Chadbourn and Asheville where he met his wife of 48 years, both members of the Carolina Mountain Club. I. B. joined the N.C. Attorney General's Office and when he retired, he left a legacy of scholarship.

Every year the Hudsons took hiking and camping trips, enjoying the beauty of America and Canada. I. B. played a mean game of tennis, but also loved hiking, swimming, snorkeling and watching any sporting event on television. He loved music and was knowledgeable about all kinds of music, particularly big band, jazz and classical. In the last 20 years, he suffered ill health, which he bore cheerfully and without complaint.

I. B. was known for his dry wit and stories about him abound and are often recounted by his friends. He was a member at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, where he was active in the choir, Christian Fellowship Class, Men's Breakfast and Seekers fellowship group.

Honors: Phi Beta Kappa (Duke), Purple Heart (Korean War), Juris Doctor (UNC Law School) and Order of the Long Leaf Pine. Perhaps the greatest honor came at his retirement party when the entire N.C. Supreme Court came unannounced.

I. B. is predeceased by his parents, sister Catherine Smith and brother Marks Hudson. Surviving are his wife Connie, daughter Catherine Hudson and granddaughter Hailey Sercan.

A Witness to the Resurrection memorial service will be held at White Memorial Presbyterian Church on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County), Food Bank of CENC, or White Memorial Presbyterian Church Music Fund.
Published in The News & Observer on Feb. 9, 2017
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