John Bill Hudson, who led UT in receiving in 1962, dies

John Bill Hudson, a Tennessee end from 1960-62, died Wednesday at his home in Danville, Ky., after suffering a heart attack. He was 72.

A native of Greeneville, Mr. Hudson came to the University of Tennessee from Jefferson City and was a three-year letter winner.

Wearing No. 88 on his orange and white jersey and playing at 6-foot-2, 201 pounds, he led the 1962 team in receiving with 15 catches for 259 yards, catching three touchdown passes. He was a starter at left end in 1962.

"He was a consistent receiver," said teammate Mallon Faircloth, a tailback from 1961-63. "If we got it close, he'd catch it and get additional yardage."

In the 1962 season, he had a 13-yard TD pass reception against Auburn from tailback George Canale, a 16-yarder from tailback Bobby Morton against Ole Miss, and an 18-yard TD pass from tailback Wayne Bush against Vanderbilt. He also had a 76-yard interception return against Kentucky that came up a yard short of the Wildcats' end zone.

He went on to play in the 1962 Blue-Gray Game and the 1963 Senior Bowl, prior to joining the British Columbia Lions of the CFL.

"He was captain material," said Faircloth. "Everybody respected him."

Mr. Hudson, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from UT, was retired from a career in education, most recently as superintendent of the Kentucky School for the Deaf in Danville. He also was superintendent of the Central North Carolina School for the Deaf in Greensboro and the South Dakota School for the Deaf in Sioux Falls.

As a teacher and coach, he led Tennessee School for the Deaf to national championships in football and track and field.

After retiring, he served two terms as magistrate on the Boyle County Fiscal Court.

Mr. Hudson was a member, deacon, and elder of The Presbyterian Church and past president of the Danville Rotary Club. During the Kentucky Bicentennial Celebration in 1992, he portrayed Gov. Isaac Shelby and rode a horse into many Kentucky towns during the celebration

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Charlotte Adams Hudson; a daughter, Bechinger Hudson Martin of Murfreesboro; two sons, John William Hudson, III (Shelley) and Thomas Wyatt Hudson, both of Nashville; five sisters, Jane Evelyn Hudson, Mary Lola Skeen (David), Lillian Elizabeth Gardner, Marjorie Keith Helton (Les), all of Jefferson City, and Julie Ann Warren of Centreville, Va; and two granddaughters, Bechinger Taylor Martin and Sydney Charlotte Martin.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today at The Presbyterian Church in Danville, 505 W. Main St. Visitation will be 2-4 p.m.. A memorial stone will be placed in Rocky Valley Baptist Church Cemetery, Flat Gap, near Jefferson City.

Memorial donations are suggested to the Danville-Boyle County Scholarship Foundation Inc. (formerly known as "Dollars For Scholars," an organization he helped found), 141 N. Third St., Danville, Ky. 40422, or the charity of one's choice.

Tom Mattingly is a freelance contributor.

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Weed_Picking_Grunt writes:

Very sad...

Rest in Peace Volunteer.

volinlm writes:

Great family. All the girls were very athletic and well liked. He probably got his toughness from being raised with five sisters. Rest in Peace.

Noogaorange writes:

in response to Weed_Picking_Grunt:

Very sad...

Rest in Peace Volunteer.

Amen...GBO VFL17

Olddogsrule writes:

A great Volunteer spirit throughout his life.

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