- Last Updated on 03:37 PM 03/06/14
Louis Dickerson Hudson of Reidsville, N.C., passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital with his wife, Cora, by his side.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at County Line Baptist Church, Hwy 832, Java.
The family received friends Thursday, March 6, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home, Reidsville.
Louis was a native of Halifax County and was the son of the late Louis Bernard Hudson and Irma Keesee Hudson and eldest brother of the late David Bailey Hudson, Emily Hudson Ragsdale and her husband, Tommy Ragsdale, and Aubrey R. Hudson and his wife, Donna Hudson.
Louis also was preceded in death by his son, Randy Franklin Biggerstaff, two granddaughters, Tara Ashley Manley and Tristan Leigh Manley.
Louis is survived by his wife, Cora Lee Hudson; his daughter, Stephanie Alicia Hudson; his son, Brian Webster Manley, and his wife, Robin Manley; and Ellen Keesee Craver, his last surviving aunt.
Louis grew up on a tobacco farm in Virginia and was attracted to early colonial coins uncovered by his plow at a young age.
In 1967, Louis moved to Argentina after responding to a Philip Morris ad to teach tobacco farming to the local community. While there, Louis became fluent in Spanish and began visiting local silversmiths to buy coins. He brought those coins back to sell in the U.S., and this avocation led to full-time dealing when the Philip Morris project ended a few years later.
In his younger years, Louis was an avid 4-H member, where he won many awards for Angus cattle and developed his love for hunting and fishing. He later attended Virginia Tech and remained a lifelong Hokie fan.
Louis Hudson is one of the foremost authorities in Spanish colonial coinage. He was a fixture at coin shows and important auctions around the world. His knowledge and influence were evident in countless publications and numismatic collections, perhaps the most important of which was that of the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, which he single-handedly appraised in 2002 for over 50 million dollars by today’s standards.
Louis was assisted in the last years of his career in the numismatic business by his daughter, Stephanie, who today continues Louis’ legacy.
In lieu of flowers, kindly send donations to Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Homes, P.O. Box 1398, Brookneal, VA 24528. www.patrickhenry.org
Wilkerson Funeral Home is assisting the family, and condolences may be sent to www.wilkersonfuneral.com.