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Obituary: Willie Hudgins, 72

by Karen Goff April 13, 2015 at 11:00 am 2,585 17 Comments

Willie Hudgins Jr./Family photo(Updated 4:40 p.m. Monday with time and location of memorial service)

Willie L. Hudgins, Jr., accomplished lawyer and beloved husband of Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins died Saturday, April 11. He was 72 years old.

Willie was born March 5, 1943, in LaCrosse, VA.cAfter attending both undergraduate and law school at Howard University, he and the Hudgins family moved to Reston. They have lived in Reston since 1969.

Mr. Hudgins’ professional life spanned 39 years working as the Section Chief and chief litigator for the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice. During that time, he worked on some of the largest merger antitrust cases in U.S. history and was recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one the leading minority litigators in the country. He went on to join the law firm of Kelley Drye as a partner before retiring in 2007.

In conjunction with his professional career, Willie was also a dedicated member of the community.  His service included volunteering for such organizations as: Rising Stars, an education program for young students; The South Lakes High School Tutoring Program; Former Chairman of the Reston Community Center Board of Governors; Member of the Covenants Committee for Reston Association; Commissioner of Reston Soccer; and an usher at St. Thomas à Becket Catholic Church.

Willie is survived by Cathy, his wife of 48 years, and his two sons, Tony and Michael.

There will be a public memorial service on Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m. at St. Thomas a Becket, 1421 Wiehle Ave. in Reston. In lieu of flowers, the family requests people consider making contributions to the Brain Injury Foundation, the Initiative to Prevent and End Homelessness and/or So Other Might Eat (SOME).

Willie Hudgins Jr./Family photo

  • Leila Gordon

    Willie Hudgins was a brilliant, kind, and generous human being who gave his talent to his community. RCC is among the beneficiaries of his talent and energy. We will miss him tremendously and our hearts and prayers are with his family. Rest in peace dear friend.

    • Beverly Cosham

      Willie was a wonderful man and will be sorely missed. Condolences to Cathy and her sons.

  • Bill Bouie

    Willie’s smile and gentle manner will be missed. Rest in Peace my friend.

  • Ken Knueven

    My condolences and prayers go out to Cathy and Family. What a wonderful man, dedicated to the greater good.

  • Beth Berger

    Deepest condolences to Supervisor Hudgins and her family. What a tragic loss for his family, friends, and the community. His memory will live on in the countless numbers of lives he touched.
    May he rest in peace.

  • Larry Wallace

    RIP my DOJ co-worker, Willie. My condolences to his wife Cathy and the rest of the family

  • Debra Peevey

    Dear Cathy, Candy and I send our condolences. May your memories bring you healing.

  • Michael Cash

    My condolences and prayers for you and your family, Cathy.

  • Sridhar Ganesan

    My deepest condolences to Cathy and family on this unexpected loss. Wish them the best of strength to get through the bereavement and cherish memories of a much loved person who will also be missed very much by the community.

  • John Greaney

    Willie was a great friend and colleague at DOJ! I greatly enjoyed working with him on some of his cases and investigations. He was a great example of dedicated public service. My sympathy and prayers for Cathy and Willie’s family.

  • Willie was a wonderful, graceful, gentleman who supported Kathy in all of her support and contributions to Reston….RIP

  • Celebrant

    A great loss to the community and Supervisor Hudgins. It was a great privilege to have met this intelligent courteous man. My sympathy to Supervisor Hudgins. Thomas Cranmer, First VP, Fairfax County Taxpayers’ Alliance

  • Tina Hone

    Heartbroken by this news. A wonderful man. Was my privilege to know him. Deepest sympathy to Cathy and her sons.

  • Carolyn (Crenshaw) Rice

    Offering my sincere sympathy to the Hudgins family in the loss of my classmate Willie.
    We graduated from East End High School in 1961. Please know that many share your loss. May fond memories of your love one help to sustain you in the days ahead. Trust in the Lord for your strength and comfort.

  • Shirlene Watkins Baskerville

    It is with great sadness that I mourn the passing of my high school classmate. Cathy and family, I pray for your comfort and healing. Stay strong and believe that God makes no mistakes. May you find peace in your faith and joy in your memories.

  • Stephen_Kosciesza

    I knew Mr. Hudgins’ son Michael some years ago, and met Mr. and Mrs. Hudgins once. Although we’ve lost touch, I’ve just heard the news through a mutual acquaintance. So sorry to hear this news, especially as it was apparently sudden and unexpected–the result of an accident. My condolences to the family.

  • Gray Wells

    Mrs H, Tony & Michael, I am so sorry to hear of Mr H’s passing. I will pass this sad information on to my mother and Greg. Hugs to all. Love, Gray Wells


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