Richard "Bryan" Hudkins, 45 of Johnstown, passed away at his home on August 29, surrounded by his loving family, after fighting a courageous battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Bryan was married to the love of his life, Tammy Toothman Hudkins on September 23, 2015. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his father, Richard J. Hudkins and his companion, Tina Straight; his mother and sister, Cathy Coleman and Martha Michelle Hudkins Zirkle (Kent); his in laws, George and Helen Toothman and Jamie Toothman Simons (Josh) and his niece and nephew, Lyla and Luke Simons; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Rezin B. Hudkins and Ada D. Hudkins; his aunt, Martha V. “Mar” Hudkins; and his uncle, Rezin D. “R.D.” Hudkins.
Bryan was an avid hunter and fisherman and well known for his skill level at both, evidenced by his record bear from 2013 that was recognized as a Top 10 Kill in North America, with a Boone & Crocket score of 22 & 2/16ths, making it 20th all-time in the world record book. He spent countless hours in the woods with family and friends that included many annual hunting trips and he was an excellent marksman, demonstrated by the many beautiful mounts of bear, turkey and deer in his home. Bryan was an exceptional fisherman as well and fished almost the entire state of West Virginia on various waters, but his favorite was fishing on the trout streams in the mountains in our beautiful state. Bryan was always competitive when fishing and his countless hours fishing with his long-time friend, Gene Hanby, produced many tall tales and stories that will still be repeated for years to come.
Bryan worked at Thrasher Engineering for over 23 years and held titles such as Project Manager and Field Crew Supervisor. He was an original Survey Crew Chief on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, working various projects in West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia. He was also a Master Mason, member of the Jackson Lodge #35 AF & AM Good Hope, West Virginia.
From the first day of his diagnosis, Bryan fought a valiant and courageous battle and had a wonderful support system that organized itself as “Team Hudkins,” led by his amazing wife that fought right along with him, every step of the way. Additionally, his sister-in-law, Jamie, assisted them by helping them navigate all of the medical issues that came with fighting this awful disease. A special thanks to Team Hudkins, as they assisted in fundraising and provided so many prayers, love, and support and the Team was led by many he and Tammy considered family, including the Hanbys, the Halls, the Perkins, Kristy Zippelli Arbogast and Ranee Torchia. His Team also assisted he and his wife in maintaining their home and property and many of his fellow Thrasher employees, led by the Woodalls, were seen assisting his Dad and his cousin Brandon on their grounds on a regular basis. Brandon even made sure that all of Bryan’s feeders and cameras were maintained during these past two years as well, which meant a lot to Bryan. So many in the Thrasher Group were not only members of Team Hudkins, but Bryan and Tammy considered many of them family as well. The Thrasher Group held many fundraisers on their own and assisted Bryan and Tammy financially the entire time, which meant so much to them. A special thanks also to his medical team at Ruby Memorial Hospital/ BMTU/ Cancer Center that not only gave him wonderful medical care but also joined Team Hudkins and supported all of the fundraising efforts to support he and Tammy. Bryan was beloved by so many and will be so greatly missed because his personality matched his stature-both were sizable. He was a loving husband and son, loyal friend and he was one of the most respected, generous, and caring members of his community and will leave a huge hole in the hearts of many.
Family will receive friends at Davis Funeral Home, 124 Olen Thomas Drive, Clarksburg on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 from 1-8 PM. Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 1200 Noon with Pastor Dwayne Matheny officiating and Terry McNair speaking and proper distancing and face mask required. Online condolences can be made at www.Davisfuneralhomewv.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to WVU Children’s Hospital, PO Box 8200 (ROC II) Morgantown, WV 26506. Davis Funeral Home and Onsite Crematory is honored to assist the Hudkins family.
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