Rev. Jack Dorr Hudson

September 22, 1932September 7, 2019

Jack Dorr Hudson grew up in Ohio and earned a significant number of athletic honors before graduating from Mingo Junction High School. He extended his success in sports at West Liberty State College in West Virginia, eventually earning 14 sports letters. After completing his master’s degree at West Liberty, Jack played professional baseball for five years, first with the Boston Red Sox and then with the New York Yankees. Despite his athletic accomplishments, Jack’s first concern was following Jesus Christ, a decision he made in the locker room after a high school football game. From that point on, Jack was committed to following and winning others for Christ. After college, Jack worked at General Motors, spending his free time planning and building a family recreation facility at Rehoboth Baptist in Tucker. He wanted to provide sports and recreation programs that created opportunities to talk about Jesus and to draw new believers into the church family. The program grew quickly and proved tremendously successful. In 1974, Jack accepted a position at Dunwoody Baptist as its first minister of activities and was ordained in 1975. Recognizing the need for a ministry to active seniors, Jack also launched Young at Heart, a legacy that continues today. After nine years of successful ministry at DBC, Rehoboth Baptist again sought Jack’s leadership in its sports ministry. He used this opportunity to implement new programs and to find new ways of sharing the Gospel through sports and recreation in Tucker. Returning to Dunwoody Baptist in 2002, Jack resumed his ministry through sports and recreational programs. In his later years Jack maintained his passion for evangelism, talking about Jesus with caregivers, medical professionals and just about everyone else who crossed his path. He was a mighty man of faith and he will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife Juanita Gresham Hudson; his children, Jack Hudson, Jr (Jennifer), Trent Hudson (Holli), and Tracie Hudson Patnesky (Mike); and his grandchildren, Kristen, Austin, Conner, Emma, Alex and Garrett.


  • Tracie (Michael) Patnesky, Daughter
  • Jack (Jennifer) Hudson, Son
  • Trent (Holli) Hudson, Son
  • Kristen Hudson, Granddaughter
  • Austin Hudson, Grandson
  • Alexandra Patnesky, Granddaughter
  • Garrett Patnesky, Grandson
  • Emma Hudson, Granddaughter
  • Conner Hudson, Granddaughter

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  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Visitation Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Rev. Jack Dorr Hudson

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