Joseph Winn Hudgins
ATHENS, GEORGIA - Joseph Winn Hudgins of Athens, Georgia died Thursday, March 21, 2019 after a brief battle with cancer. He was 54.
Winn Hudgins was a survivor. He survived diabetes. He survived a stroke. He survived a heart attack. He survived and thrived following kidney and pancreas transplants. He was a beneficiary of a fundraiser, The Team for Transplants Annual Benefit Golf Tournament for six years.
Winn was there every year for the tournament, held in Watkinsville, Georgia, even when he didn’t feel like participating. He was there to support the men and women who helped raise money for his and others’ organ transplants.
Winn was a friendly, active soul who made friends easily with his quick smile and easygoing nature. He enjoyed holding forth about any subject with people of all ages. If you wanted to know about cars, all you had to do was ask him. He knew the automobile industry and its products very well.
In his more active years, he enjoyed church league basketball, mountain bike riding and golf. He was a voracious reader of any book or article about World War II.
Winn was in sales most of his life, selling everything from print advertising to real estate. He will be missed.
Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Olson of Athens; daughter, Caitlin Giles (Jonathon) of Ashburn, Virginia; his father and stepmother, Ken and Paula Hudgins of Gainesville, Georgia; siblings, Wayne Hudgins of Athens, Dawn Hudgins of Gainesville, Georgia, Beth (Adam) Navage of St. Petersburg, Florida; nephews, Jeremy Walters, Winder, Georgia; Jason Walters, Rockford, Illinois; Nicholas and Aidan Navage, St. Petersburg, Florida; and numerous other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Florene Darracott Hudgins.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 24, in the chapel of Ward’s Funeral Home of Gainesville, Georgia. The Rev. Charles “Chip” Penland officiated. The family received friends at the funeral home on Saturday, March 23.
Memorial contributions may be sent online or by mail to a camp for young diabetics, Camp Adam Fisher, P.O. Box 2543, Columbia, S.C. 29202.