Josephine Ethridge Hudson

October 13, 1925August 7, 2018
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JOSEPHINE ETHRIDGE BELL HUDSON, age 92, died of heart failure on August 7, 2018 in Gainesville, Georgia.

She is survived by her daughters, Becky (Steve) Allen and Sally (Chris) Earnest, and her son, David (Shannon) Hudson. She has five grandsons Steven and William Allen, Blake and Jeremy Hudson, and Clark Earnest; and three granddaughters Bonnie Earnest Graydon, Katherine Allen Meyers, and Jordan Hudson. She has 15 great-grandchildren. She also has several nieces and nephews, and many loving cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bill Hudson, of Atlanta Georgia; parents Roger and Floy Bell, of Decatur, Georgia; and her sister, Jane Bell Allen of Manchester, Georgia. Jo was born on October 13, 1925 in Atlanta, Georgia, to parents Roger Hardy Bell and Floy Ethridge Bell. She graduated from Georgia College in Milledgeville with a degree in Dietary Science. Throughout her career, she held positions in various hospitals and nursing homes, but spent the majority of her time, for 16 years, as dietician for Lakeside High School in DeKalb County.

Jo was a great family woman and a loving mother and grandmother. She married William D Hudson in 1951 in Decatur, Georgia. The couple raised their three children, Becky, Sally and David, in DeKalb County.

Jo was a social, active woman who was deeply involved in her church for the majority of her life. She was still a member at Mountain Park First Baptist and before that a long time member at Briarlake Baptist. She enjoyed spending time with her family, teaching children’s Sunday School, and playing bridge. Her family and friends will always remember her as a kind person who always found the best in other people. The family praises God for a wonderful life well lived and much loved.

A funeral is scheduled for Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm, with visitation at 1:00pm at Floral Hills Funeral Home at 3150 Lawrenceville Hwy Tucker, Ga. Reverend J. Blake Hudson will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jo’s life. The family would like to thank friends and loved ones for all their many prayers and condolences. Flowers can be sent to Floral Hills Funeral Home. Donations can be sent to the American Heart Association at


  • Visitation Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Burial Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • Reception for Friends and Family Sunday, August 12, 2018

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Libby Berry Churchill

August 13, 2018

Dear Becky Sally and David,

What a wonderful tribute your slideshow was for your mother and all of her family! It shows how very deeply she was loved and how many people loved her. Some of my best childhood memories are from your mom. She taught me how to swim and always with my bathing cap on and kicked me out of brownie scouts when I kicked my shoe at her!, But she was always full of laughter and fun and I spent many amazing childhood days at your home with your wonderful family. She will certainly make heaven a much brighter place. My love and prayers are with you all,

Robin (Berry) Riecke

August 13, 2018

Jo’s love for her family, friends, and life was apparent to anyone who met her. To me, she exuded positivity and fun in everything she did. She was an inspiration. I loved her and I’m grateful that I had her in my life growing up. What a great lady. ❤️

Tricia Baker

August 12, 2018

I’m so sorry for your loss. I loved Mrs Hudson and will always remember spending time in my childhood at the pool behind your house on Briarcliff Way. The Hudson’s watched my younger sister and me when my older sister was in the hospital and that’s when I was introduced to peanut butter toast dipped in hot chocolate! Still a favorite today. Also have fond memories of Mrs. Hudson playing the xylophone and her contagious and lovely smile. She will be missed by many. Love, Tricia

Eleanor Jackson

August 10, 2018

"Jo Bell" was much loved and respected by her fellow residents in recent times at the Gardens of Gainesville. Her sweet and friendly personality will be much missed by all who knew her. I know she's at peace after a long life well-lived! Condolences and best wishes for all her family....
Eleanor Jackson

Andrea Brown

August 10, 2018

My prayers are with your family on the loss of Grandma Hudson. She always made me feel like part of your family. She had such a sweet spirit and loving heart. Knowing she is our guardian angel, gives me comfort. Thank you for sharing her with me. Even though we have lost contact these past couple of years, I thought of her often.

With Blessings, Andrea Brown