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Ardmore Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
501 Miller Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Saturday, Jul 14, 2018

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Ardmore Baptist Church
501 Miller Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Saturday, Jul 14, 2018
2 p.m.

Allen Sherrill Hudspeth, MD
Nov 15, 1929 - Jul 07, 2018
Allen Sherrill Hudspeth, MD, Professor Emeritus of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, died July 7, 2018 at home surrounded by loving family.

Dr. Hudspeth was born November 15, 1929 in Statesville, NC to Nelson Lawrence Hudspeth and Hattie Brandon Hudspeth. He grew up in Yadkinville, NC graduating from Yadkinville High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest College and his Doctorate in Medicine from Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1953.

He completed an internship in surgery at the University of California Hospital, San Francisco, California and served two years as a Flight Surgeon in the U.S. Air Force in Ashyia, Japan. He returned to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center where he completed training in general and thoracic surgery and where he remained for the rest of his medical career.

A pioneering academic cardiothoracic surgeon, researcher and educator, Dr. Hudspeth was involved in the development and performance of major thoracic and cardiothoracic procedures. He was totally dedicated to the care of his patients and passionate about perfecting his surgical techniques and craft. He transferred his skill and clinical knowledge to several generations of surgeons who trained under his leadership.

Dr. Hudspeth's professional memberships included American College of Surgeons, American Association of Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Surgical Association, and Southern Thoracic Surgical Association.

In recognition of the indelible imprint upon his specialty and the institution, Wake Forest University and its Medical School named the clinical wing of the Postoperative Cardiac Unit in his honor. The culmination of his career resulted in the Allen Sherrill Hudspeth endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

On July 1, 2000, Dr. Hudspeth was named Professor Emeritus, Cardiothoracic Surgery. He continued to participate in departmental and medical center activities as long as his health permitted.

Dr. Hudspeth loved his family, his community, and his country. He enjoyed spending leisure time at Lake Norman with family and friends, especially his beloved grandchildren who called him "Papa." He was an avid sports fan and devoted Demon Deacon. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Hudspeth; her daughters, Kelly Faust (Ronnie) of Tobaccoville, NC and Beth Franck (Joey) of Denver, NC; his sons, Dudley Hudspeth, MD, of Phoenix, AZ, Grant Hudspeth, Mark Hudspeth, Glenn Hudspeth (Ruth), all of Winston-Salem; his daughter Deborah Hudspeth of Bronx, NY; and six beloved grandchildren, Eric Hudspeth, Emily Hudspeth, Claire Hudspeth, Chad Faust, Katie Franck, and Caroline Franck. He is also survived by sisters-in-law Edna Hudspeth of Yadkinville, NC and Mary Lou Connelly (Tom) of Elon, NC; brothers-in-law Bill Masten of Mooresville, NC, Bob Masten (Linda) of Winston-Salem, NC, and Tom Masten (Robin) of Charlotte, NC; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Preceding him in death were his parents and four brothers: N. L. Jr., Jack, Harold, and George Hudspeth, and one sister Polly Wood.

Dr. Hudspeth was a member of Ardmore Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, where a Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, 2018, followed by a reception in the fellowship hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Office of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations for the Hudspeth Fund for Cardiothoracic Surgery, P.O. Box 571021, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1021; Ardmore Baptist Church, 501 Miller Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27103; or Hospice and Palliative Care Center, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.

The family extends special thanks to Dr. Hudspeth's devoted companions and to the caregivers from Griswold Home Health. They also wish to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Hudspeth's colleagues and staff at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for the outstanding care they provided and for the many years of support and friendship.

Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
Angela Callahan
I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to the family and dear friends of Dr. Hudspeth. As a nurse at Baptist for many years, Dr. Hudspeth’s name preceded him. He was well respected and renowned. Peace, comfort and prayers for the family.
Mary Shelton Watkins
Kathryn and Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you and the family in my thoughts and prayer. I worked at WFBMC for many years and truly appreciate the opportunity to have worked with Dr. Hudspeth and the CTS physicians. Mary Watkins
Tim Wishon
Many, many years ago, a young boy didn't like to walk home from school by himself, and my dad, Jack Wishon, being 2 years older, would sometimes walk with him. This young boy grew up & became a heart surgeon. He paid back my Dad's kindness by allowing him to live 16 more years by fixing his heart at least twice. What greater thing can a guy do for his fellow man than prolonging his life? Maybe Sherrill's mansion in Heaven is close to St. Luke's, as he was a doctor, too! My deepest HEARTFELT (quite literally) condolances to all.
Sherry Whitt Properties
My deepest sympathy to Glen and Ruth, family and friends of Dr Hudspeth. He was a awesome doctor and took wonderful care of my mother and other members of my family during his career. Dr Hudspeth was always dedicated to his patient care. Again my prayers and thoughts with you during this difficult time. Warmest Regards, Sherry Whitt and Raymond Brown
Sherry Whitt Properties
My deepest sympathy to Glen and Ruth, family and friends of Dr Hudspeth. He was a awesome doctor and took wonderful care of my mother and other members of my family during his career. Dr Hudspeth was always dedicated to his patient care. Again my prayers and thoughts with you during this difficult time. Warmest Regards, Sherry Whitt and Raymond Brown
Lynn Hooker
In 1983 Dr. Hudspeth performed open heart surgery on my father. This gave my daddy 7 more years of life on this earth. We are forever grateful. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.
Liz Harsch and Lee Hudspeth and Family
Uncle Sherrill, you will be missed! One of our fondest memories was the Hudspeth Family Reunion when we arrived thinking we would be somewhat unnoticed given the size of the gathering. But Uncle Sherrill walked straight up to us and embraced our boys and said, "There is no doubt about it that these children are George Hudspeth's grandchildren!" and with that he brought us in and introduced us to the rest of his family and friends. We felt like celebrities. We were also lucky enough to have visited him and Kathryn at their beautiful lake house where they took us out on their boat and he and George, debated (as usual) on anything from sports to Politics. In this case whether a tree we saw was indigenous. They even bet each other $1000 on who's right about the species. But no worries— Aunt Polly set them straight. They grew up in an amazing family with a remarkable history which they shared along with their knowledge, ethics and history (from the greatest generation). The love and joy they passed down will forever remain the glue of our family.
Tom Lorick
Glenn, Ruth and Family, so sorry for your loss. Your father leaves an amazing legacy and much to be proud of. He will be missed.
Fred and Ted Simmons
Condolences to the entire family of Sherrill. We are so sorry for the loss of our cousin Sherrill. He will be missed by our family. We will always be grateful to Sherrill for his medical skills and the medical advice he was always willing to share. Our mother, Ruth and father, Major were always thankful to Sherrill for helping prolong their lives. We will miss his friendly smile and interest he took in each of us when we saw him. Fred & Ted Simmons
Russell Armistead
Kathryn & Family, Susan and I are so sorry to read about Sherrill’s death. He was a force at BGSM that I will always remember. I had lunch with him and the “lunch bunch” for many years and enjoyed the fellowship and friendship with him. You always knew where you stood, and have so many fond memories of him. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Best wishes, Russ & Susan Armistead (now in Jacksonville, FL)
Jeffrey Johnson
My thought and prayers are with the Hudspeth family. I have many memories of Dr. Hudspeth sitting in my lab smoking his pipe. I always admired how much Dr. Hudspeth cared about his patients. One of proudest moments at work was when Dr. Hudspeth came by the lab to tell me how much he liked a newsletter I put out.
Scott Rytter
Dr. Hudspeth was a great man and I am happy to have known him. Thinking of your family during this difficult time.
Thomas and Barbara Harle.
Great physician and friend. He will be remembered for all his great contributions to medicine and Wake Forest.
Bruce Walley
My sincerest sympathy for Dr. Hudspeth's family at this most difficult time. I was a medical student and resident who worked with Dr. Hudspeth on many procedures. As a student rotating with him, I witnessed first hand his remarkable surgical skills. I credit my time with him for determining my future path in cardiothoracic surgery. I know his family will miss him.
Lee Anne West
My deepest sympathy to Kathryn and family. I worked with Dr.Hudspeth for 15 years in the Cardiothoracic ICU. I know I was one of his favorites because he never fussed at me.He taught me so much I would not be the nurse I am today without him. I will never forget all of his stories and the enthusiasm in which he told them. He was a wonderful surgeon. I will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Phil Aronson
He was a great friend and a wonderful and entertaining conversation partner and colleague. He will be missed greatly.
Ted Kelly
I never had the opportunity to meet Dr. Hudspeth personally. However, I have been operated on by Doctors that were trained and mentored by him. I've also had the pleasure of knowing his sons and daughter-in-law. They're a living legacy to him. My condolences to all of his family and I hope they can all find peace in a life well lived. Go Deacs!
Faith McLellan
Dear Kathryn and all: Dr Hudspeth was a force of nature. We will not see his like again. I learned from him; I was terrified of him; I admired him so much. I am thinking of you in your grief and praying for all of you. Faith McLellan Segny, France
Marsha Williams
My deepest sympathy to Glenn Ruth Ronnie Kelly Chad and KiKi he will be remember for all the wonderful things he has accomplished in life.
Bob Headley
Kathryn and family, I just learned of Sherrill's passing. For over 35 years Sherrill and I shared many patients.He would undertake some of the most difficult cardiovascular problems that i sent him for consultation.If he did not think he could help, he was always honest and straightforward about his recommendation. Although we did not always agree, he had my utmost respect for his judgement and surgical skill.I miss my time working with Sherrill and my other colleagues at Wake Forest/Baptist Medical Center.
Lisa Gerdes
I just learned of Dr. Hudspeth's passing. My thoughts and prayers to all of his family and friends. I worked with him for many years as his personal secretary in CT Surgery. He was truly a remarkable man and teacher. My children adored him when they would see him at work functions, and he made me laugh...a lot! Again, my deepest sympathy to all who loved him! Rest in peace, Dr. Hudspeth.


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