Fred Earl Hudson

April 30, 1929 ~ December 23, 2020 (age 91)


Fred would like you to know that his hard work and service here on earth is done. Fred E. Hudson peacefully left this earth on December 23, 2020, at 91 years old. He spent the final years of his life being cared for and lovingly surrounded by his beloved daughter, Bonita and grandchildren; Raina, Ashley, Jordan and Jr.

Fred was born in Mackenzie, Alabama. Later, he and his family relocated to Clairton, then to Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. Fred was an influential, driven man who selflessly dedicated his life to service. Fred served in the United States Army as a well-regarded soldier in the Korean War. He earned four honorable medals while serving his country; The Korean Service Medal, The National Defense Medal, and Two Bronze Stars. When he left the military, he pursued a career to provide safety and protection to the staff and patrons of the Pittsburgh National Bank of Pittsburgh, Pa. for over 35 years, as head security guard. 

Aside from the military and his career, Fred’s greatest devotion and service was to his family. He is preceded in death by his late wife, Martha Lee Hudson, to whom he was married for 28  years. He also joins his parents, A.G. and Jessie Hudson; and siblings, Cleophus Hudson, Thomas Hudson, Alean Hudson, Sallie Mae Curry, Merrie Clifford, and Thelma Turner into eternal rest. Fred is survived by his sister, Mary Lee Berry of Clairton; three children, Bonita (Keith) Knowell of Maryland, Anderson Dudley of Ohio and Andrea (Gus) Andrade of Massachusetts; 8 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. He leaves behind an immeasurable legacy.

To some, Fred may have been known as a hard nut to crack, but for those of whom he allowed in,  were blessed with the opportunity to learn about the rich life experiences that formed his life’s mission. Many of the lessons that Fred taught were by example. He taught about God’s love and the importance of having an intimate relationship with God. He imparted great gems on financial literacy and building a lasting legacy for one's family. He also taught that where you find the strength within to push through and overcome obstacles presented to you, is where you will also find the path to success.

During the majority of his life, Fred enjoyed staying active. He worked out 3 days a week up until he was 87 years old.  He was actively involved in a family-based club that enjoyed traveling together.  He was also a dedicated member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church of Clairton and served as a member in the choir.  Fred loved singing, photography, and traveling. 

Family and friends will mourn the loss of Fred, but have gained so much from him and will continue to celebrate his life. A walk-through viewing for Fred will be held at Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, 449 Mitchell Avenue Clairton, PA on Wednesday, December 30, 2020, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Visitors are asked to be mindful of social distance guidelines and the use of face masks.

Fred and Martha were great supporters of education. He put his grandchildren through college; thus, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to any of the following of your choice; the United Negro College Fund, The HBCU Foundation, or Mount Olive Baptist Church of Clairton, Pa. 

Cards, in memory of Fred, can be sent to Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, 449 Mitchell Avenue Clairton, PA.

A private service for family will be held followed by a private interment at Round Hill Cemetery.

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December 30, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Robert A. Waters Funeral Home, Inc.
449 Mitchell Ave
Clairton, PA 15025

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