Alvin R. Hudson, 91, an installer of carpets

Alvin R. Hudson
Alvin R. Hudson
Posted: June 20, 2014

Alvin R. Hudson, 91, of Philadelphia, a professional carpet installer, died Thursday, June 5, at Lankenau Hospital.

One of 11 children, Mr. Hudson grew up in South Hill, Va. He attended Lambert Chapel Schoolhouse before serving in the military and then moving to Philadelphia, where he met LaVerne Ogburn. The two married Aug. 22, 1944, and celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary last year.

Mr. Hudson led by example. He supported his family with his hard work in the detail-oriented craft of carpet installation.

"His customers affectionately knew him as the 'carpet man,' " his family said in a tribute.

After 59 years on the job, Mr. Hudson retired in 2001.

"A laid-back country boy" for whom the simple things in life were the best, Mr. Hudson "touched many hearts in a special way with his charisma, his humor, and his smile," the family tribute said.

He enjoyed watching football, baseball, and Western movies, playing the lottery, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hudson was a member of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, where he attended services every Sunday.

Besides his wife, Mr. Hudson is survived by daughters Alverna Wiley, Valerie Davis, Adrienne, and Jennifer Hudson Gordon; sons Kenny, Clifford, Wendell, and Archer; a brother; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A viewing starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 19, will be followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, 6361 Lancaster Ave. Interment will be in Fernwood Cemetery.


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