Honored by your trust…… for over 98 years.
What does “family owned” mean to you? To us, it means respect, dedication and a strong devotion to the friends and neighbors we’ve known for almost a century.
This is why families in Durham County have called upon us so consistently to stand beside them when sorrow strikes. We understand your family’s traditions, and we understand your need for support and sympathy during stressful times. With you, we share the heritage and history of our community.
1919 – 1928
Shortly after World War I, Sanders Vance Hudson Sr. and his wife Ora Thompson Hudson establish their funeral firm in Apex, NC in 1919. This was the era of the horse and buggy and funeral services were much different than they are today. Caskets were handmade, funeral services were held in the family’s home where the casket was placed on chairs. Plow lines were used to lower caskets into the grave.
In 1929 the Hudsons opened an additional funeral home in East Durham in a building near Crabtree’s Pharmacy at the corner of Driver & Angier Avenues. This was a branch of the Apex location. A year later they moved to 1800 Angier Avenue as the permanent location. In this year, the Hudson’s brought the first motorized hearse to the community.
In the 1940s, Edwin H. Hudson, Sr. and Ollie Thomas Hudson, Sr. were the second generation of the Hudson Family to operate family firm. Ed managed the business from 1938 while Ollie attended Mortuary School and then served in U. S. Army during World War II. Ollie returned in 1945 and managed the funeral home with Ed until the early 1950s when Ed turned over full management to Ollie. Ollie, along with his wife, Hilda, also a funeral director, operated the funeral home until his death in 1984. Hilda retired in 1999. In the 1940s ambulance services were often provided by funeral homes. The Hudson family brought the very first fully-equipped ambulance to the area as well as Durham’s first funeral chapel.
During the 1950s, the funeral home at 1800 Angier Avenue was completely renovated and enlarged. Additional rooms were added along a brick veneer and large white columns in the front.
In the late 1960s, a new funeral chapel was built beside the funeral home at 1800 Angier Avenue.
Still deeply rooted in the traditions and customs of our area, Tommy and Mary, along with their professional staff, will be at your side any time of the day or night if a death should occur. With one phone call, all your needs will be cared for.