Tuesday, November 13, 2018

R. Roman Hudson

Richmond Roman Hudson, age 46, left this earth too soon in Toronto, Canada on November 9, 2018 to be with the Lord. He was born March 13, 1972 in Winston County, Louisville, Mississippi, and was the only son of Dr. and Mrs. Bobby James (Belinda Wright) Hudson. He resided in Atlanta, Georgia and San Francisco, California.

He spent his childhood in Louisville, Greenwood and Columbus, Mississippi and graduated Valedictorian of Lee High School in Columbus of 1990 and Mississippi State University School of Architecture of 1996. He began his career in architecture with Robert Adams in Jackson, Mississippi and furthered that career with Norman Askins' prestigious architecture firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Roman was so successful at his profession he opened his own firm for selective clients from the east to the west coast and was in the process of completing a magnificent home in Greenwich, Connecticut at his death. His homes have been published in magazines such as House Beautiful, Renovation Style, and Kitchen and Bath. He was a creative, talented designer and drew the plans for many pieces of furniture for the interior spaces of the homes he designed. He loved antiques and architectural elements and often incorporated them in many of the houses he built for his clients. He was born to be an architect.

Roman loved God first, He was a Christian. He loved to sing; and sang in the choir at First Baptist Church of Jackson, Mississippi, and St. Marks Methodist Church, Atlanta, Georgia. He loved family and was always there to share special occasions. He never failed to plan adventures—trips to the Georgia mountains where he had discovered waterfalls while hiking and kayaking, trips to little towns where he found architectural gems of houses and antiques, trips to New York where he introduced family to new cultures and foods and trips just to hunt for just the right antique. He never failed to remember his mother or grandmothers on their special days and if he could not be there in person, there were always flowers, beautiful flowers. He loved body building and staying fit, and was the muse for artists’ canvasses and portraits. He loved his Scot heritage and embraced this by wearing the traditional kilts and sporrans. He often attended the Highland Scottish Games. He was generous and loving and gave to many charities and fund raising events, especially Toys for Tots. He had friends from the east coast to the west coast and internationally and made it his goal to make them feel welcome and trust in human kindness. Mere words on a page cannot begin to express the rareness and uniqueness of his life and its effect on those whose lives he touched.

He is survived by his parents; grandmother, Mrs. Colleen Wright, of Louisville, Mississippi; his paternal father, Mr. Richmond Watkins (Mary Charles) of Sylacauga, Alabama; and half-sister, Ashley Watkins of Brandon, Mississippi; Uncles Mr. Charles M. (Brenda) Wright; and Mr. John S. (Sylvia) Wright all of Louisville, Mississippi; Aunts Mrs. Helen (Jerry) Webb of Noxapater, Mississippi; and Mrs. Beverly (Clarence) Kelley of Louisville; great-aunts Mrs. Margie Hudson and Mrs. Grace Eaves both of Louisville; and Mrs. Doris Steeds of Indianola, Mississippi; and Aunt Mrs. Glenda (Walter) Clemmons of Ridgeland, Mississippi; and Uncle Mr. Michael (Terry) Watkins of Philadelphia and cousins whom he loved as brothers and sisters. He is also survived by his dearest friend and soul mate Mr. Andy Clifford of Toronto, Canada.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Mr. John Wesley Wright and paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. James (Maudie) Hudson all of Louisville and Mr. Rufus Watkins (Lessie) and (Mildred) of Columbus, Mississippi; and an aunt Mrs. Jean Whitt (Butch) of Louisville, Mississippi.

Funeral services will 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2018, in the Nowell Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Shawn Parker officiating. Visitation will be the day of the service from 12 p.m. to service time at Nowell Massey Funeral Home in Louisville. Interment will follow in Camp Ground United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, 850 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38105 or foundation@Lebonheur.org.