John "Jack" Welbert Hudson

August 1, 1933November 19, 2020

John “Jack” Welbert Hudson, 87, of Mary Esther, FL, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Jack was born in Mt. Olive, NC on August 1, 1933 to Welbert and Ruth Hudson. He graduated from East Carolina University receiving a degree in Business Education. He was married to Audrey Powell on September 23, 1956. Jack reached the rank of lieutenant colonel as a pilot in the United States Air Force earning many honors including two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He retired from the Air Force in August of 1977 after more than 21 years of service.

Jack and Audrey raised four children as they were stationed or lived in Oklahoma, Texas, Taiwan, Tennessee, Arkansas, Thailand, North Carolina, Virginia and Florida. After his retirement from the Air Force, Jack and Audrey settled in Mary Esther, FL. He had a variety of occupations over the years including hardware store staff, insurance salesman, real estate management and lawn care. He served many years as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and treasurer at First Baptist Church of Mary Esther, FL. Jack faithfully ministered to church family and friends with visiting, providing meals and meeting others’ needs.

Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Audrey. He is survived by his children, Karl (Jean) of Columbia, SC, John (Susan) of Greenville, SC, Patricia (Benny) Davis of St. Johns, FL and David (Kathy) of St. Johns, FL; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Because of his kindness, generosity and love of others, Jack had great relationships with many, but he had a special family-like relationship with the Epplers, Wendts, Hales, and Burroughs whom he considered to be like his own children and grandchildren.

Visitation will begin at 10:00 am on Tuesday, December 1st at San Jose Baptist Church, 6140 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, FL, followed by a memorial service at 11:00am. A burial service with military honors will follow at 2:00pm at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, 4083 Lannie Road, Jacksonville, FL. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Gideons International, a ministry that Jack and Audrey supported for years.



1 December

Celebration of Life

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

San Jose Baptist Church

6140 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32217

1 December

Committal Service

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Jacksonville National Cemtery

4083 Lannie Road
Jacksonville, FL 32218

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Lucie Wilbois

November 25, 2020

After having spent his life serving his country and helping others, Jack is now resting in peace. His legacy will remain vibrant through his generous and caring family. All my sincere condolences, accompanying you with my thoughts in this difficult time.

Kimberley Rosson

November 25, 2020

John & family,
You are in my prayers. Peace be with you.
Kim Rosson

Joe Bellucci

November 24, 2020

What an amazing life. The sacrifices veterans and their families make to help protect our country are so appreciated. His family is a wonderful expression of well lived. God family and country are only part of it . Kindness and sharing God is so incredibly important and knowing Karl Hudson and his siblings are no greater testament that this man was so important. Prayers and best wishes. Your dad has now flown home . You will see him again


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