Joe Hudson

June 27, 1952March 23, 2021

Fredie "Joe" Hudson, age 68, of Palm Beach, Florida passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Joe was born June 27, 1952.

Coming from a humble childhood, Joe began his love of cars as a teenager. His brother Buzzy was not only a mentor, but a wonderful mechanic. Joe joined the Army in 1971 and served his country for four years. When Joe got out of the army he then married Susan in 1976 and together they had 3 wonderful children. Joe loved his family dearly ad enjoyed coaching baseball at Southern League, going on fishing trips on his boat, Iona Louise, and cars, especially corvettes. Joe opened his first body shop in Montgomery in 1987 and was later joined by his business partner Traweek Dickson. Together they built a successful business and have expanded it into several states.

Joe is survived by his wife, Tami Hudson; daughter, Kelly (Kevin) Hellums; son, Adam (Peggy Ann) Hudson; son, Jacob (Wendy) Hudson; sister, Vicki (Glenn) Heatherly; grandkids, Abigail Hellums, Andrew Hellums, Brody Hudson, Riley Hudson, and Lincoln Hudson.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Iona Louise Hudson; father, Henry Hudson; and brother, Henry "Buzzy" Earl Hudson Jr.

Joe's generosity, hospitality and living life to the fullest were just a few of the wonderful traits he had. It is a honor to continue our dads legacy. Thank you to our extended family, friends, ballpark family, Iona Louise fishing teams and employees of Joe Hudson's Collision Center for loving our dad.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to the Cancer Wellness Foundation of Central Alabama or Children’s Hospital of Birmingham.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hudson family.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Joe Hudson

have a memory or condolence to add?

Maureen and Jack Pilger

April 13, 2021

Your father was a wonderful man. Enjoyed our times with him in Orange Beach We shared many laughs. And he was such a generous person. Letting us use the Ono house yard for the wedding of our son many years ago. Sending prayers and love. He will be missed.
Jack and Maureen Pilger

Ryan Heatherly

April 3, 2021

View Joe Hudson's recorded memorial service on YouTube at:

Caliber Collision

April 2, 2021

We were saddened to hear about the passing of Joe Hudson. Joe was highly respected in the industry and will be missed. We want to express our most sincere sympathies during this difficult time and let you know that a donation has been made in his memory to the Cancer Wellness Foundation.

The Caliber Collision Family

Janie Fisher

April 1, 2021

Tami, I just wanted to say how sorry I am to hear of Joe's passing. I enjoyed the little bit of time we all shared together. Let me know if there's anything I can do!

Kim Vickery

March 31, 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting Joe Hudson in July 2020 in Orange Beach, AL. It was so refreshing to meet such a kind and humble man. Joe was a wonderful host, an interesting businessman, loved his sportfishing and a true gentleman. I am so honored to have met him.

My deepest condolences go out to Joe's wife Tami, and all of his beloved children, family and friends. I'm so sorry for your loss. Gone much too soon.

God Speed Joe!

Mary Swain

March 31, 2021

Joe had become a good friend and especially over the past year. He was so loved and admired by many. This is a very very sad day to all that loved him. May God wrap his family in his arms today and give them comfort.

Tim Hardin

March 31, 2021

Joe was a great guy! I first met Joe back in the 70's when he came in our store buying steaks. I will miss Joe very much!

Stan Hurst

March 30, 2021

Joe was a good friend and loyal customer when I was in the body parts business. He was a man of his word and a joy to work with. I’ll sure miss his friendship

Mary Lynn Hudson Watson

March 30, 2021

I have so many to share but mainly all the ones of seeing he and Vicki driving up in our Grandparents driveway and always being so excited to get to see them ! We called out Gradparents , Daddy Dick and Mama Alice , the whole neighborhood did ! They fed the whole neighborhood !But my Three older brothers and my Mom , Lillie Mae lived there with them . So we got to see all our cousins , come and go ...And Boy , We would have Feasts beyond this world cause Mama Alice knew how to cook !And Daddy Dick had about a 150 acre farm that he would farm mostly by himself with only mules or horses cause we didn't have a car ,truck or tractor ? Guess that's why it was such a treat to see people come by ? But Joe and Vicki was always my favorites because they were so close to my age . Joe loved Daddy Dick and I guess that's what drove him to become a Great Business Man cause they said that Daddy Dick was the only man that could ever raise corn as tall as he could and as plentiful anywhere in the world ! God Bless You Both For Now You Are Together !!! Love and Miss You Both As Well ....💕💕

Dean Delongchamp

March 30, 2021

To the Hudson family,
May the wonderful memories you have of Joe sustain you in this time of grief. Know Joe is riding a new Iona Louise in the celestial heavens, winning every fishing tournament, watching every grandchild’s game, and smiling down on you in love. He is pain free and away from the trials and tribulations mortal life inflicted upon him. We, his friends, will miss him. Our poker club will always play a round of “Old Cincinnati” in his honor whenever we meet. We will laugh at the old jokes told and remember Joe with only fond memories. Fish on Old Buddy! With heartfelt sympathy for Joe, and wishes for good memories to his family, we wish you bon voyage, Joe.

With sincere sympathy,

Dean Delongchamp and fellow members of the Poker Club (Zack Azar Iii and Zack Azar IV, Bill Barranco, Chris Ceponis, Richard Dean, James Nation, Jim Parker, Mark Sadie, and anyone else who showed up)