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.