CAROLYN GRIFFIN/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD
A reception was recently held at the Butler County Fairgrounds honoring the 2017 recipient of the Robert H. Millers Award, Professional of the Year, Mr. Eugene R. Hudson.
The award was presented to him on Tuesday August 1, 2017 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. at the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association, Inc. 80th annual convention. Many gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of Mr. Hudson in the funeral industry.
His illustrious career began on the first Sunday in January in 1956. Over six decades later, he is still serving his community and the surrounding areas with a spirit of excellence. His dedication is not only recognized locally, but also on a national level.
In her opening welcome, Funeral Director, Angela Demmings stated, “He has received numerous awards over the years, but this is the Heisman of them all.” This proved to be a very fitting analogy, as some spoke of his love for ASU football, former coaching days, and support for local schools.
Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon presented Hudson with a proclamation proclaiming Sunday, August 27, 2017 as “Eugene R. Hudson Day” in Greenville.
Presentations were also made by Butler County Commissioner Allin Whittle; Butler County School Superintendent, Dr. John Stryker; and members of the Alabama Funeral Directors & Morticians Association. Heartfelt remarks were shared by other public officials, staff members, community leaders and friends.
Mr. Warren Williamson’s remarks had everyone laughing, but ended on a very serious note. He stated that he loved and respected Mr. Hudson for many reasons, but most importantly because they are brothers in Christ.
Mr. Hudson gave special thanks to Dr. Mark Hawkins, Geraldine Campbell Feagin, Lillian Garner and Ivan McKee, who traveled to the banquet in Myrtle Beach. In his remarks there, he acknowledged those who had helped him to become the funeral director that he is today.
He spoke of many who had influenced and impacted his life. He became emotional as he endearingly spoke of his late wife, Mrs. Clara G. Hudson.
Mr. Hudson is a stickler for discipline and principal. He describes this wonderful experience as “Humbling.” Attendees at the reception enjoyed great food, drinks, and of course, a signature dance from the 85 year old honoree.