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Obituary: Hugh A. ‘Tom’ Champion, Madison

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Hugh A. ‘Tom’ Champion

Mr. Hugh A. “Tom” Champion, 81, of Madison, entered this life on Nov. 29, 1932. He was the loving son of the late Hugh and Alice Houchins Champion.

A graduate of North Madison High School, he played basketball for the Tigers.

On Dec. 17, 1949, Hugh was united in marriage to Wilma Browning. This union was blessed with one son, Richard, and two daughters, Judy and Lynn, to bless their home.

From 1954 to 1976, Hugh worked for Clifty Creek IKEC in the results department. From 1976 to 1978, he served as water superintendent for the city of Madison under Mayor Dr. Warren Rucker. Hugh also owned and operated Jefferson County Beverage from 1978 to 1991.

Hugh was a lifelong member of Masonic Lodge Union No. 2. He earned apprentice on July 14, 1958; fellow craft on Aug. 11, 1958; and master Mason in 1959. He was also a lifelong member of the Elks No. 524, as well as a member of the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765. In addition, Hugh in the early 1970s served on the Madison planning and zoning commission board.

He helped develop the Ryker’s Ridge Fire Department, where he served as fire chief from 1965 to 1966.

An avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and NASCAR fan, he enjoyed studying World War II history and furthering his knowledge. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel under Gov. Julian Carroll, plus merited honors as a Tennessee Squire in Lynchburg, Tenn.

Hugh was a member of North United Methodist Church.

Tom died on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at 7 a.m., at the Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison.

Tom will be missed by his loving wife of 64 years, Wilma Browning Champion of Madison; his loving son, Richard “Rick” Champion and his wife, Melanie, of Newburgh; his two daughters, Judy K. Rusk of Madison and Lynn Jones and her husband, Mike, of Greenwood; his seven grandchildren, Cody John Champion, Kara Beth Rusk, Kelley Brown and her husband, Cordy, Kayce Goley and her husband, Matthew, Katie Jones, Lindsey Jones and Alex Jones; his great-grandchildren, Ben Brown, Tyler Brown and Mia Goley; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Alice Houchins Champion; his mother-in-law, Ethel Browning; his sister, June Stoops; and his son-in-law, Michael K. Rusk, who passed away on Jan. 8, 2008.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday by Dr. Matthew Stultz at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison. Interment will follow at the Fairmount Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. until the service time Monday at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison.

Memorial contributions may be made to North United Methodist Church or to the Fairmount Cemetery, in care of the funeral home.

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