October 19, 1965 ~ September 15, 2021

Born in: Asheville, NC
Resided in: Leicester, NC

Rodney Jennings Hudgins, 55, passed away Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at Mission Hospital.

Mr. Hudgins was born October 19, 1965, in Asheville, to the late James William and Sandra Elaine Penland Hudgins. He was employed at WilsonArt as a truck loader in the shipping department from 1987 to 2014.

Rodney had a big heart who never knew a stranger. He was a true friend with a very funny sense of humor. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and a friend to many. Rodney will be missed dearly by many, and was always there for everyone. He would give you the shirt off his back and had a heart of gold.

His family include his wife, Tammy Zimmerman Hudgins; daughter, Kristen Hudgins (Dajauann Ray); son, Brandon Hudgins (Jessie); four grandchildren, Jada, Lexi, Colt and Axel; brothers, Jeff Hudgins (Barbara), Bryan Hudgins (Christy) and Barry Hudgins; niece, Amber Montana and her children, Carson and Tayler; nieces and nephews, Tanner, James and Naomi; and his grand dog, Loyalty.

A graveside celebration of life service will be 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 29, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with Rev. Craig Roberts officiating.


Graveside Service: September 29, 2021 2:00 pm

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
1498 Sand Hill Road
Candler, NC 28715


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

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


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  1. So sorry for your loss prayers going up for the family Rodney was a great man and he loved his kids dearly and grandchildren and loved his wife ❤ he will be greatly missed

  2. So sorry to the family for the loss. I worked at Asheville Internal Medicine, many years ago. He always had a smile and a positive disposition. Prayers

    • Dear Hudgins Family. I’m so very sorry to hear of Rodneys passing. Our family has shared so many wonderful times together, with clogging and close family relationships. My prayers go out for all of you. Much love!!!

  3. So saddened by this terrible loss. Rodney was such a great man.I admired the love He had for his family. He always put a smile on our faces and everyone he was around. He will be greatly missed. Prayers to EVERYONE in the family.

  4. I am saddened by Rodney’s passing, He was my nephew, and I loved him. But knowing he is at home now, and is with Jesus first, then Sandra and Jim, surrounded by relatives he never knew, and friends, is a heartfelt feeling, we all will experience some day

  5. i am saddened by the loss of my nephew Rodney, I loved him. Knowing he is at home now, with Sandra and Jim, but first was Jesus himself hugging Rodney, we will all soon experience Rodney’s homecoming.

  6. I met Rodney 23 yrs ago when my daughter Christy married his brother Bryan June 6 1998 and immediately loved him because he had a demeanor about him that automatically drew you to him!! He was always 👍 to me and made me feel like part of the family!! I will miss him very much along with everyone who knew him. Pray for his family and say a special prayer for his brothers!!

  7. Lost a true best friend , always keeping you laughing, just a great man , loved his family keeping Tammy, Kristen, Brandon, grandkids in our prayers

  8. I worked with Rodney for many years at Wilsonart and have tons of great memories with him. He was loved, and will be missed by many including myself. My prayers to the family during this very difficult time.

  9. Dear Hudgins Family. I’m so very sorry to hear of Rodneys passing. Our family has shared so many wonderful times together, with clogging and close family relationships. My prayers go out for all of you. Much love!!!

  10. So very sorry for your loss! He always had a smile, loved to laugh and have fun! He is irreplaceable and one of a kind! Rest well my friend and prayers and live for the family!

  11. So sorry for Rodney’s passing. My family, the Harwood’s and the Hudgins Family have been lifelong friends since living in Emma area. I truly am sorry for your loss.. Love and prayers to you all.❤️❤️

  12. My condolences to all of his family.
    There is no doubt Rodney will be missed by all that knew him. He had his way of creating happiness within you and putting a smile on your face. I will always remember him.

  13. There aren’t enough words to describe Rodney!!! He was one of a kind!! All the memories we made together are irreplaceable and will live forever in our hearts!!! He was a special person and lived life to the fullest!! His smile was contagious and would do anything for anyone at the drop of a hat!! He never met a stranger and had an ability to make you fall in love with him with his wit and humor!!! Heaven gained a very special angel and I know he’ll continue to laugh and make sure that everyone around him is laughing as well. There will most definitely be a void in everyone’s heart by those who knew him!!
    We love you and your family my friend!!! Until we meet again brother!!!!!

  14. Rodney wasn’t just my brother-in-law he was the brother I never had and he was a wonderful brother. I will keep him in my heart and thoughts forever. And everytime I think of him I will smile and remember all the times he cut up and made me laugh. I love you Rodney you are an angel now fly high and keep that smile and watch over Tammy and all the kids. Tammy we love you and the kids and you are in our prayers.

  15. Tammy Jo I’m so sorry for yours and the grandkids loss. Rodney was the son I never had. I will never forget his smile and laugh. He was a wonderful son in law and I’m sure going to miss him and will never forget him. And blessed for the time he was in our lives.

  16. My thoughts and prayers are with Tammy and family. Rodney was a good friend to Steve and myself. I am truly sorry for your loss. May God bless your family.

  17. We are so sorry for your loss. We love you all and are praying for all of you. Rodney was so special to my Dad and all of us as well.

  18. I worked with Rodney, Jeff and Bryan alias Bruno and have nothing but respect for them all, just being around them would brighten your day. When you get to know them you can tell they were raised by a good mom and dad and that helped mold them into the men they are today. Rodney was greatly loved and he will be missed. Hope they have Harley’s in heaven and I can go on another ride with him someday.

  19. My prayers of comfort for your family
    May you rest high in God’s hands.
    I went to school with Rodney . He was always in good spirits and sharing laughter. My prayers of condolences.


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