James Hula Hudson III ’71

James Hula Hudson, III, 74 of West Point, Virginia passed from this life to the next on Monday, July 3, 2023. Jim was born on February 20, 1949. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, James Hula Hudson, Jr. and Irma Anderson Hudson. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Godsey Hudson; son, Anderson James Hudson (Heather) of Quinton, Virginia; daughter, Kathleen Hudson Ohlhausen (Neil) of Falls Church, Virginia; and granddaughters, Audrey and Olivia Hudson and Hannah Ohlhausen.

Jim grew up in Halifax County, Virginia. He graduated from Davidson College in 1971 and later graduated from the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1976. Jim came to West Point to practice law on October 1, 1976.

Jim was a devoted public servant to the Town of West Point. Jim served as town attorney from 1984 to 1998 then served as a Town Council member from 1998 to 2006. Jim was first elected mayor in 2006, and served as such for 16 years. Recently, Jim was honored and humbled to be presented with House Joint Resolution No. 600 from the Virginia General Assembly, which recognized his time as a public servant to the Town of West Point.

Professionally, Jim enjoyed practicing law, and was proud of his thriving law practice. He was a member of the Virginia State Bar. Jim was on the Board of Directors for C&F Bank.

During his time in West Point, Jim was a faithful member of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he served on the Vestry and as a lay reader, lector and chalice bearer. Jim had a steadfast faith in the Lord.

Jim was a loving son, husband, father, and grandfather. He valued his family, work, community, and faith above all. He was loved dearly, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be on Tuesday, July 11, 2023 from 4 to 7 PM at Vincent Funeral Home in West Point, Virginia. The funeral will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2023 at 11 AM at St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Point, Virginia. All who would like to remember and honor Jim’s life are welcome to attend.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the West Point Rescue Squad, P.O. Box X, West Point, VA 23181.