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Jack Hudson: A Man Who Gave Back


November 14, 2016

One of the wonderful things about living in this community is the number of people who give back to the community. No one exemplifies that spirit more than John “Jack” Hudson, who passed away on Nov. 6.

Hudson was a Brevard native and after graduation from the University of North Carolina with both an undergraduate and law degree, he soon returned to Brevard. It was here that he did so many things outside his profession to help others.

As an attorney, he served as president of the Transylvania Bar Association, the 29th District Bar Association and the North Carolina Municipal Attorneys Association. He also served as the attorney for the government of Transylvania County, the City of Brevard and the town of Rosman.

Hudson also served for many years as the chairman of the Transylvania County Election Board. His peers statewide so respected his work in that position that they also named him chairman of District One Election Board and a member of the State Executive Committee of Election Board members.

Hudson’s volunteer commitments extended far beyond his profession and politics. He had a keen interest in history, which led him to be president of the Transylvania County Historical Association twice and a strong supporter of the Transylvania Heritage Museum.

As a proponent of local business, he served as president of the Brevard Jaycees and was selected the Distinguished Young Man of the Year. Later he put his business knowledge by being a counselor for SCORE, which helps budding business people.

Hudson also was an avid advocate for youth and recreation. He was a longtime member of the Transylvania Youth Association, serving as its president, and was the chairman of the Sherwood Forest Men’s Golf League.

He was also one who believed in helping those less fortunate. He was a member of the Lions Club for 58 years and served in various capacities, twice as president. He not only attended nearly everyone of the club’s events, but was a relentless recruiter for the organization.

This is just a small list of Hudson’s activities and accomplishments. Beyond those tangible achievements was the man himself. He was a fair man with a dry wit. He just didn’t belong to groups; he tried to make them better. Whenever he made a decision or commitment, it was not for his personal benefit; it was always for the benefit of the community. And if you knew him, whether it had been one week, one month or one year since you had seen him, it was easy to strike up a conversation with him. He had a knack for making people feel comfortable, even during those times when he may have disagreed.

Communities are made strong by people who give back. Jack Hudson gave back a hundredfold. He belongs to those handful of individuals who have given back to this community in so many ways that it is impossible to express our gratitude and thankfulness that they lived among us and made our lives better.


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