James Ronald Hudson
December 13, 1943 – September 27, 2019
On Thursday, September 27, 2019, Houston guitarist and composer, Ronaldo Hudson, age 75, passed away peacefully in his home. He was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on December 13, 1943; son of James and Lucille Hudson. In addition to his parents, he had two brothers, Robert and Dale Hudson.
He is survived by his wife Angela Hudson and his son, Jordan Hudson, step children Jon Greco, Eric Fontenot and Shellie McClendon, his mother Lucille Hudson, and brothers Robert Hudson and Dale Hudson along with nieces, nephews.
Ronaldo was the owner of Memorial Music in Houston, Texas, which served the Memorial community for forty years. Additionally he was a prolific composer and recording artist of classical and flamenco music for the Spanish guitar. His works have been widely published and loved by many all over the world. He toured for twenty years across the US and Europe as a solo concert performer. The memories of his impressive life and career continue as his music is heard and touches hearts everywhere.
There will be a Celebration Service, followed by a reception in Ronaldo's honor on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 1 - 3pm at Katy Funeral Home, 23350 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77494.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, October 5, 2019
James Ronald Hudson
June 4, 2020
Hr. Hudson was the most generous man of music I have came across. Always looking out for our growth and needs. We miss him dearly. Thanks Mr. Hudson.
December 7, 2019
I am so sad to hear about Ron's passing. I took lessons from Ron in the late 1990s, and then taught guitar at Memorial Music in the early 2000s. Ron was always a tremendously gracious and kind man, a pillar of Houston's guitar and music community, and a mentor for me and many others musically. He will be sorely missed, but his legacy remains!
December 3, 2019
I lived in Houston during the 1990's and took banjo lessons there. I loved talking to Ron about his search for treasure. He never tired of the hunt.
Of course there was his playing. He was amazing. I was just thinking of him and the shop. Did a Google search and discovered he was gone. When he started selling Lonestar guitars he sold me one for 25 dollars. Yes a 25 dollar guitar. I still have it. It was a scratch and dent.
Ron was such a kind quiet soul. I hope he can get his hands on a guitar wherever he is today.
October 19, 2019
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May God comfort you at this time and always. Ronaldo will be remembered for his music. It is a blessing and honor to have experienced his music.
October 7, 2019
God Bless Ronaldo what a gentle kind soul and such an enormous beautiful talent I will so miss him he touched so many lives through peforming,educating and providing a place for people to follow their musical dreams. I so enjoyed going into his store what a privilege!! Much Love!!!
October 6, 2019
Angela, my wife, my two boys and I are devastated, and will forever miss Ronsky. We have 2 CD’s of his beautiful music and a beautiful guitar. Ron... what a kind, and beautiful soul; RIP mi buen amigo, I will miss you always.
October 5, 2019
Ron was always wonderful to me and my students. I’ll miss you my friend. Blessing ls to Angela and your whole family. Marc
October 3, 2019
Ron was a kind, generous and supportive person; he was part of the community with his amazing guitar shop & school. Every time I entered his shop, I felt like I was in NYC or London! It just had that feel.
He was a supportive of the "Classical Minds" Festival & Competition which I directed for 14 years in Houston. Thanks to him, students received scholarships in order to attend this educational event. He also had a passion for music and for writing music. I have several of CDs and will continue to enjoy his music forever. My condolences to Angela and to his family; Houston has lost a great member of its community.
October 2, 2019
Ron helped my Company get started. He was always encouraging. I will never forget at a low point of the company he said “I am counting on you, don’t let me down.” He believed in me when I was struggling. Thank you Ron.
Zither Music Company
October 1, 2019
Ron was one of the nicest guys I have ever known. I started taking guitar lessons at Memorial Music in 1989. I bought my first guitar from Ron, too.
I would always go back over the years to get my guitars re-strung just because I wanted an excuse to hang out with him at the store (I can easily re-string my guitars.). I learned so much listening to him play, and I was always in awe of his talent! He made a huge impact on my life, probably without knowing it, by helping me learn to play and appreciate music.
I’m very sad to hear of his passing, and I am really going to miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
October 1, 2019
I am so sad to learn of Ron's passing. For nearly 40 years Ron has been a dear friend to my family. He performed at my father's 50th birthday, my brothers funeral, my wedding and so many fun family & friend parties. I have been so fortunate to have sat and listened to Ron at Las Alamedas all those years. More than anything else, Ron and Angela are truly kind and beautiful people and friends. I will miss him very much. My deepest condolences to Angela and the rest of his family.
September 30, 2019
Ron was one of the kindest souls I had the pleasure of knowing. He was one of my very first guitar instructors in a long line of teachers, and I like to think that his patient guidance helped shape my music career long after we went our separate ways.
Years after I left Houston to study music, I would occasionally visit Ron at Memorial Music where he would always greet me with his subdued smile followed by a funny comment delivered in Ron’s trademark dry humor. I would catch him up with what was going on in my life, and he was never shy in expressing his happiness and pride whenever I would share news of my continuing musical education and performances, or later on when my quartet took off, or when I was appointed to a guitar teaching position.
There is a saying that teachers walk the same path as their students, and then they inevitably part ways. While I’m saddened that he’s left this world too soon, I’m happy and grateful that we were able to walk together for a while.
Thank you, Ron.