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Minister James Edward Hudson

August 31, 1953 ~ May 4, 2021 (age 67)

The management and staff of Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc. joins the Hudson Family with informing family and friends of the earthly transition of Minister James E. Hudson of Columbia, SC, formally of Darlington. Minister Hudson transition on Tuesday , May 4, 2021 from Earth to Glory at Prisma Health in Columbia, SC following an illness. 

Celebration of Life is 11:00AM on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 in the Chapel of Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc.  There will be private interment. 


    “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”  

     Minister James E. Hudson was born in Darlington County, SC on August 31s,t 1953. A son of the late Deacon Randolph Joseph Hudson and Evangelist Lucille Moses-Hudson.  He was the first of five children born to that union. He was granted his wings on the afternoon of Tuesday May 4th, 2021.

      At a young age, James and his family moved to Philadelphia where he remained until he decided to follow his parents back to South Carolina in 1995. His formal education he attended Robert Morris Elementary, Robert Vaux Middle School, and a brief stint at Ben Franklin High School, then drafted into the Marine Corp where he received his GED. Once returning home he worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the United States Post Office in both Philadelphia, PA and Florence, SC. He later took various courses at Community College of Philadelphia but received his Associates Degree in Business Administration from Pierce College in Philadelphia, PA and then received his Bachelor’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry at Morris College in Sumter, SC. While attending Morris College, he volunteered as a Chaplin at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence, SC.

     James was a man of style! His collection of kangol hats, Stacey Adams shoes, Brooks Brothers suits went unmatched. Unafraid to try something new he often came up with original statement outfits.

     On April 18th, 1994 James took a huge step to commit himself to the road of recovery. Not only was he a member of many AA meetings in South Carolina, his home groups were the Shady Group in Florence and the Cola Club in Columbia. He was a mentor to many people in and out of the organization in addition to being a mentee himself.  He took pride in sharing his experiences with others. James was a friend, mentee, confidant, helpful no matter how big or small the task was at hand, he was reliable amongst many things.

     He was the Associate Pastor at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington, SC under the leadership of the late Reverend Dr. Donald Hughes. With the help of his father and other members they started the Men’s Breakfast of New Providence Baptist church every fourth Saturday of the month.

     James was briefly married Yvonne Pinckney in… together they had two children but raised four (Yvonne’s Oldest).

     He was preceded in death by his parents, Randolph and Lucille Hudson, a brother, Randolph “Butch” Hudson and a sister, Patricia Hudson, ex-wife, Yvonne Pinckney-Hudson and a host of aunts and uncles.

James’ legacy lives on through his children who he cherished: Philanthia “Philly” Pinckney and Jonah Hudson; two sisters:  Arnetha “Betha” Hickman and Tara H. (Randy) Wallace; an aunt, Helen “Clara” (Roger) Robinson; host of nieces and nephews who he treated like his own: Bertina Hudson, Larry Patterson, Jasmine Hudson, Shanel Wallace, Aaron Wallace, Tara “Lumpy” Wallace, Jawan Neal, Noah Neal, Jenesis Patterson, Londyn Miles, Chrisopher Hudson, Andrea Marbly and Jadai Wilson; a host of cousins and friends.

Please keep the Hudson family in your thoughts and prayers. 

 Service Information

Celebration of Life
May 12, 2021

11:00 AM
Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc.
612 South Main Street
Darlington, SC 29532

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