May 3, 1995 ~ February 4, 2023

Born in: Atlanta, GA
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Hudson Kennedy Davis, 27, went to his Heavenly home on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at Mission Hospital surrounded by his family and friends after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer.

He was born in Atlanta, GA, and was the son of Kerry L. Davis (Jerry), and Jeffrey W. Davis (Terri), and resided in Asheville since 2003.

He is survived, along with his parents, by his two brothers, Aidan D. Davis, and Tate J. Davis, both of Asheville. He was the grandson of Merle and Becky Birkey, of Kokomo, IN, Roger and Diane Bougher (deceased) of Carthage, MO, and Jack and Betty Garwood (deceased), also of Kokomo. He is also survived by several cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He was a 2014 graduate of AC Reynolds High School, and a 2021 graduate of UNC Asheville, where he majored in Computer Science. He was employed at Lassonde Pappas Company in Hendersonville, NC, and worked in the Quality Control Department where he met many new friends.

His greatest passion was video games which he played daily with his friends Walker, Rose, and Jake.

His family would like to thank Dr. Andrew Beardsley and his staff at Messino Cancer Center in Asheville, as well as the Nursing Staff at Mission Hospital, 9th Floor, for their loving care of Hudson during his illness, especially Jane, Shannon, Shuli, and Amber.

His family would like you to remember Hudson for his precious sweet smile, charming wit, and his raised eyebrows when he expressed passion, or anger about something. Hudson taught us all far more than we could ever teach him. His glass was always half-full. He valued honesty (painstakingly at times), authenticity and kindness, and believed unequivocally in not judging others but accepting people for simply who they were. We are forever grateful for and changed by Hud’s love and wisdom in our lives.

A Celebration of Life get together with his family and friends will be held at a later date.

Death is Nothing At All
By Henry Scott-Holland

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.

Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly
together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the
little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household
word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort,
without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
Just round the corner.

All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. A brother to my son like no other brother, one could have. His light will shin on for us and he will always be in our hearts and thoughts. I will forever be grateful for what he has given our family. No words can say or measure what he has done for us.
    Love you forever Hudson. Brother and Son to us.

  2. My Brother, my friend, my light, my star. You did so much to improve my life, kept me going through darkest times and laughed with me when the times were great. I cannot thank you enough for the 12 years that I new you, and I know that Jake and Rose feel the same. No matter what lies beyond, know that I will find you come my time. Your smile and laugh will forever live in my heart.

  3. Kerry, Jerry, Aidan and family, so sorry for your loss! Hudson was such a brilliant, kind, and much beloved person. I know he will always be in your hearts and his spirit will never leave you. I pray you find peace during this devastating time. You all remain in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏 ❤️🙏

  4. Davis Family I am so sorry for your loss. Hudson was so loved. Aidan – I know how much you loved Hudson – I am so sorry. All of my love to you all.

  5. My dearest friend, you where the light of my day of our day and now you have gone. we will not forget the things you taught us and shared with us and will always keep and them closer than anything else in the world. miss you hud love


  6. Keri & fam,
    We were so unbelievably sorry to hear of Hudson’s diagnosis and his quick passing.
    Sending our love and comfort, Christy (Oden) & Stephen Ragsdale

  7. Dear Davis Family,
    I would like to express our deepest sympathies to your family from the Computer Science department at UNC Asheville. Hudson was a pleasure to have in class–positive, friendly, kind, thoughtful, and willing to share his opinions and expertise. He cared about people–his Capstone project was devoted to making his passion of video games more accessible to people with various forms of disability and impairment. (“Games are for everyone!” he exclaimed in his final presentation.) We’re shocked and saddened and our thoughts are with you and Hudson’s friends. With condolences, Sincerely, Kevin Sanft and the CS department at UNCA.


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