Mr. George Lee Hudspeth, 88, of Jacksonville, FL, died Thursday, December 19, 2013, at the Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring. Memorial Service will be held at the Deer Meadows Baptist Church at 11am on Saturday, December 21 st . He was born on February 4, 1925, in Yadkinville, NC. He graduated from Yadkinville High School, attended Wake Forest College, was drafted for military service in World War II, and trained with airborne troops at Fort Benning, GA. He served in Europe from May 1944 until 1946. He fought...
Mr. George Lee Hudspeth, 88, of Jacksonville, FL, died Thursday, December 19, 2013, at the Earl B. Hadlow Center for Caring.
Memorial Service will be held at the Deer Meadows Baptist Church at 11am on Saturday, December 21st.
He was born on February 4, 1925, in Yadkinville, NC. He graduated from Yadkinville High School, attended Wake Forest College, was drafted for military service in World War II, and trained with airborne troops at Fort Benning, GA. He served in Europe from May 1944 until 1946. He fought in many campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge. Thereafter he entered Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, as a junior in June 1948, where he majored in accounting. He graduated with a B.S. (in Commerce) degree in May 1950 and entered Duke University Law School in Durham, NC, in September of 1950. He graduated cum laude for his LL.B. degree in June 1953 and was voted into the Order of the Coif, the legal academic honorary society. While at Duke he was Magister of Hughes Inn of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, was on the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal from September 1951 until June 1953, and was the Editor-in-Chief for 1952-1953. He was admitted to the NC Bar on August 8, 1953, following which he began work on his LL.M. degree, which he received on June 4, 1956, with honors. His master’s thesis was on the capital gains laws under the Internal Revenue Code from the first enactment thereof.
He was a Legal Aid Instructor at Duke from 1954 to 1955, and he was the Contracts Officer for Duke University's Army Ordinance project for the U.S. government from 1955 to 1956. This program was underwritten to have inventors, famous German Scientists, and other experts write varied ordnance devices and rocketry developed as a result of World War II and the arms race thereafter. From May 1956 until 1960 he was employed with the IRS in Atlanta, GA, Jacksonville, FL, and Nashville, TN, as a tax trial attorney. From 1960 to 1966 he held the position of Assistant Regional Counsel for the IRS in Nashville and Jacksonville. While with the IRS, he acted the lead role in a one-hour training film for trial lawyers (produced in Washington, DC) in 1960; he prepared a Procedures Manual (1962-1963) for IRS attorneys' use in the Atlanta Region (later used by other IRS regions; (9/02/64 he was presented a Certificate of Award from the US Treasury Department for his "noteworthy contribution to the effective and efficient operation of the Treasury Department."
In September 1966 he entered private practice with the prestigious law firm of Mahoney Hadlow Chambers and Adams. The firm was Mahoney Adams & Criser when he retired on December 31, 1993. He specialized in litigation cases, except criminal and domestic. He was a member of the NC Bar (since 1953); the Florida Bar (since 1967); the Jacksonville Bar Association (since 1967); and the American Bar Association during his legal career.
His volunteer activities were many and varied for the Bar Association, his community and Churches. At his death he was a member of the Deermeadows Baptist Church. He taught various Sunday School classes in the Churches where he was a member for 35 years. He had been a member of the University Club, the River Club and at his death the Deerwood Country Club, all in Jacksonville. He and his family lived in the gated community of Deerwood since 1972. He enjoyed research and writing authored publications for the Duke Bar Journal, Florida Bar Manuals, and four books that have been published dealing with his life and family genealogies. The books were written after he retired in December 1993.
He was married to Eloise Rosemond Hughes from Hillsborough, NC, on February 19, 1954 in St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC. 1934. They became avid and extensive travelers during their marriage (60 countries and each continent except Antarctica).
He is survived by their son, Lee, and his wife, Elizabeth, and their two children Aaron (age: 18) and Tate (age: 15), who reside in Hermosa Beach, CA. His sister Polly Wood and sisters-in-law Edna Hudspeth in Yadkinville, NC, and Margie Hudspeth of Lewisville, NC, and his brother Dr. Sherrill Hudspeth of Winston-Salem, NC, along with many nieces & nephews who also survive him.
The family requests that no flowers be sent. Any memorials should be forwarded to Deermeadows Baptist Church, 9780 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32256, 904-642-2200; the Jacksonville Baptist Home for Children, 2300 Bartram Road, Jacksonville 32207, 904-721-2711; the American Red Cross, 751 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville 32203, 904-358-8091; or any other charity of the person’s choice.