John Quincy Hudson, Jr.
WAGENER, S.C. – John Quincy Hudson, Jr. was born March 6, 1941, in Wagener, South Carolina to the late John Quincy Hudson, Sr. and Hazel Ashmore Hudson. He took his ascension on Monday, October 14, 2013.
Visitation will be Friday, October 18, 2013, from 6-8 p.m. at Saron Baptist Church, 352 Railroad Avenue West, Wagener, SC. Funeral services will be Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 1 p.m. at A.L. Corbitt Auditorium, 10 A. L. Corbitt Circle, Wagener, S.C. Viewing will take place one hour prior to the service. Burial service (with military honors) will be held in the Swedenburg-Gunter Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks for memorials to be made to the Saron Baptist Church Building Fund and the Alzheimers Foundation of America (AFA).
He was baptized at Saron Baptist Church as a young child and has been working for the Lord from that day forward. John served as a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Deacon and served and Vice-Chairman and than Chairman for many years and sang in the choir. He was a member of the Praise Team, Pastor’s Support Ministry, and Men’s Ministry.
John graduated from A. L. Corbett Public School 2nd in his class in 1959 and graduated with honors from Voorhees Junior College in Denmark, SC in 1961. He matriculated on to Benedict College in Columbia, SC but was called to serve in the US Army during the Vietnam War before he could fully enroll.
Upon returning from Vietnam he enrolled at USC-Aiken, but later married and had to find a job. He worked for the Aiken County School District as a Social worker in Wagener Area Four. He worked for the school district until the social work program closed. He worked for Aiken County Head Start and then to Tyler Brothers.
During John’s tenure with the Aiken County School District was when he decided he wanted to get into politics and do more for his community. So in 1973 he ran for the Wagener Town Council and won and has won every election since his term will not be up until November 5, 2013. He was recognized in 1998 for twenty-five years of service to the people of Wagener and Aiken County. He also served as Mayor Pro tem.
He not only enjoyed doing all of these great things for his Church, the community, the youth, but he had some fun as well. In 1985, during Wagons to Wagener, He and his oldest sister won a trophy in the “Shag” Contest which is our state dance.
John’s accomplishments, recognitions and honors include the following: Served on United Way of Aiken County; Aiken County Head Start Board; Served in Vietnam War as Medic on a Helicopter and a Military Police; Member Leadership Aiken County Class; Humanitarian Award – Black History Month (2 years); Member of Wagener Town Council for almost 40 years and served as Mayor Pro-tem; Life Member of Modern Free and Accepted Masons of the World, Inc.; Elected State Grand Master Of Modern Free and Accepted Masons of the World, Inc.; Worshipful Master of Omicron Lodge # 181; Supreme Council Member of Modern Free and Accepted Masons of the World; Outstanding Support to Progressive Lodge # 060; “Man Of the Year” Award Lexicon Lodge #185; Services Rendered as State Grand Master Modern Free and Accepted Masons of the World; Outstanding Dedicated Christian Service to Saron; Loyal Dedicated Service to Aiken County Head Start; Unprecedented commitment & Dedication to the Ministry of Music; Loyalty and Dedica-tion to A. L. Corbett Basket-ball Teams as Coach; Outstanding Dedicated Service to the Cedar Branch Baptist Church Union; Honored by Wagener Youth Athletic League; Organized Wagener Men’s Basketball Community League; Former member of the Wagener Jaycee Chapter; A founding member of the Cedar Branch Association Choir; Executive Board member of A. L. Corbett Alumni Chapter.
On Sunday, March 3, 2013, John was recognized by Saron Baptist Church, Cedar Branch Association, Cedar Branch Church Union and the Town of Wagener for outstanding services. The State of South Carolina recognized him with Silver Crescent Award on that same day.
John has done so much for so many, but he is just so humble and soft spoken. He will often say “I give thanks to the Almighty God. John loves to use the lyrics from the song “If I Can Help Somebody”. His favorite verse in that song is as follows:
If I can do my duty, as a good man ought.
If I can bring back beauty to a world up wrought.
If I can spread love’s message as the Master taught.
Then my living shall not be in vain.
John was preceded in death by his parents John Quincy Hudson, Sr. and Hazel Ashmore Hudson, his brother O’Neal “Sonny” Hudson.
He leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife Malcoretta Tyler Hudson; beloved children; Keena H. Bynem, (Leonard), Pastor Marlon Hudson (Pamela) all of Wagener, SC; Alisha Scott-Hudson, Charleston, SC; six grand children; Leonard, Johniya, Kesean, Jeremiah, Jessica and Justin; three dedicated and supportive sisters; Virginia J. Kitchings (Perrie), Christine V. Hudson, Linda F. Williams (Fred), and one devoted and supportive brother Ronald R. Hudson (Mary), all of Wagener, SC.; Mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary F. Tyler; six sisters-in-law and five brothers-in-law. His “Nana,” who would keep him sometime, a special nephew and niece Corey & Denise Hudson for picking him up and taking him back and helping with him; a special brother and sister Johnny and Vickie Tyler; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, church family and many, many friends.
Special thanks to Trinity Hospital, University Hospital 7th Floor, and especially NHC Healthcare. We know he has touched so many lives and just cannot name all of you but you will never be forgotten.
All funeral services are entrusted to the J. H. Robinson Funeral Home, Wagener, South Carolina. 803-564-5521.