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William B. Hudson, Sr.

02/27/1939 - 11/15/2023


Obituary For William B. Hudson, Sr.

William Hudson, Sr., was born Sunday, February 27, 1939, in Snow Hill, Maryland and departed this life on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. He was born to Edward Hudson, Sr., and Mary Marie Holland-Hudson. His paternal grandparents were George Randolph Hudson, Sr. and Bessie Shockley-Hudson-Holland and his maternal grandparents were Edward V. “Ned” Holland, and Amanda Wilson-Holland. William was known to many as Buck, Pop-pop, and Uncle Buck. He was educated in the Delaware Public School Systems. In 1960, Buck married the love of his life, Mildred A. Whaley, and to this union were born five children. Buck & Mildred were married for 63 years.

As a child, Buck enjoyed playing dodgeball, softball, and horseshoes. In his young adult years, he loved playing baseball and going to the movies. Buck was a great husband and father who loved and provided for his family. He drove a tractor-trailer hauling live chickens and eventually became an entrepreneur, as a Weighmaster. He worked for various poultry plants throughout his career, such as Buddy Boy, Showell, and Townsend/Mountaire Farms for a combined 45 years, then he retired in June 1999.

Buck attended Zoar United Methodist Church as a young child and became an official adult member at the age of 21, on April 17, 1960, under the pastorate of Rev. George W. Taylor. He held various positions in the church as a trustee, lay speaker, and the Vice President of Methodist Men. He also sang on various choirs, which included the United Methodist Men’s Choir, Roy Moore Singers, and the Senior Choir. Some of his favorite songs were, “We’ll Understand It By & By”, “Grace & Mercy”, “Rideout The Storm”, and “Hush, Somebody Is Calling My Name”. Buck was also a member of the Masonic Prince Hall Lodge #14. His favorite football team was the Washington Commanders (formerly Redskins), and he enjoyed eating some good old fried chicken.

Buck was preceded in death by his grandparents; parents; one brother, Edward Hudson, Jr., and two sisters, Ethel Cooley & Thelma Britton.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife, Mildred A. Whaley-Hudson; three sons, William Hudson, Jr. (Jacqueline), Barry Hudson, and Keith Hudson of Selbyville, Delaware; two daughters, Anna M. Hudson-Deshields of Selbyville, Delaware, and Star D. Hudson of Millsboro, Delaware; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Alice Bowen of Millsboro, Delaware, Ruth Corbin (Sewell) of Newark, Delaware, and Joyce Hudson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.


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Golden Acres Cemetery (Bishopville) Line Hotel Road Bishopville, MD 21813 Get Directions »
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Zoar United Methodist Church (Selbyville) 11 Church Lane Selbyville, DE 19975 Get Directions »
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Zoar United Methodist Church (Selbyville) 11 Church Lane Selbyville, DE 19975 Get Directions »
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    "May God continue to Bless and Strengthen the family with memories of their joyful times together." TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


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Remember all we enjoyed with them while they were alive. If you have recently lost someone you love, we hope that you will accept our condolences.

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Throughout human history, and around the globe, people have gathered together to acknowledge the death of a member of the community. No matter who the deceased was, a funeral ceremony is the one (and sometimes the only) opportunity for everyone to come together to acknowledge their death, recognize the community's shared loss and share the burden of grief.

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Flowers create a background of warmth and beauty which adds to the dignity and consolation of the funeral service. "Necessary" may not be the right word; but there's no doubt flowers at a funeral or other end-of-life ceremony serve many valuable purposes including a means of a visual expression of sympathy, love and respect or a means of lending support.

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Human beings are interesting creatures: sometimes we need to see in order to truly believe. It's a way of confirming the fact that, indeed, this individual is dead; but it's also an opportunity to say your "good-byes". You may find it a cathartic time where you can quietly share a long-held secret, let go of any anger or resentment, and otherwise come to terms with their death.

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The Celebrant Foundation and Institute define celebrants as "trained professionals who believe in the power and effectiveness of ceremony and ritual to serve basic needs of society and the individual. The Celebrant's mission is to help the client create a ceremony that reflects his or her beliefs, philosophy of life, and personality." A life-cycle celebrant is especially valuable when a family has no religious affiliations or ties to a clergy person or minister who can officiate the funeral service, but involving a celebrant in the funeral planning process has been found to enhance the funeral experience for all concerned. "The Celebrant comes to the table with no agenda," shares the Institute's website, "and no preconceived notion of what the ceremony should or must look like. Instead, through careful interviewing, the Celebrant elicits what is meaningful for each client." If you think hiring a celebrant is the right for your family's situation, contact us for more details.

How long is a funeral service?

Simply put, "it depends on the service". Just as no two movies or novels are the same length or cover the same emotional ground; no two end-of-life ceremonies are the same.

Must I wear black to the funeral ceremony?

Black used to be the only color to wear to a funeral; but not anymore. Today things are less formal than they once were, and it's not totally uncommon for families to ask prospective guests to altogether avoid wearing black clothing. Should you have additional questions about funeral attire or etiquette, please contact us.

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