Dr. Eddie Blackmon Hudspeth was born on September 27, 1930 to Mr. and Mrs. John Patrick Hudspeth in Early County, Georgia. Eddie’s father owned a dairy farm. The second of five children, Eddie learned early the importance of faith, family, education, and hard work. Eddie and his siblings helped with farm chores before and after school. From an early age, he especially loved time outside hunting and fishing, but also enjoyed books and learning. In high school, Eddie played baseball for Early County High and graduated with honors. He attended Emory University where he majored in chemistry and was a member of Pi Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. In fact, he met his future wife, Martha McKibben, at a PKE fraternity event. After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree, he was accepted into the University of Georgia’s School of Veterinary Medicine. While at UGA, Eddie worked part time for a local veterinarian and made the decision to specialize in small animal medicine. Eddie received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1956 and married Martha. They settled in Macon, Georgia where Dr. Hudspeth accepted a position with Dr. Rackley on Hardeman Avenue. He and Martha had three children. Dr. Hudspeth opened his own practice, Hudspeth Animal Hospital in 1968 on Pio Nono Avenue. In 1970, Dr. Don Giles joined the practice.
Dr. Hudspeth has been involved in many civic and charitable organizations. From the Macon Rotary Club, to the Middle Georgia Rose Society, the Macon Heath Club, and the former Elks Club, Eddie invested in the people of Macon, Georgia. He has served as a deacon at First Presbyterian Church. His hobbies ran the gamut from running to cheering on his beloved Bulldogs and growing beautiful roses. He cut over 1,000 stems for his daughter’s wedding and later grew roses with his son and namesake, Eddie Hudspeth lll, for his granddaughter’s wedding. Dr. Hudspeth spent many hours fishing and hunting with his good buddies. He made annual trips to the Everglades and numerous hunting trips to his farm in South Georgia.
The proud father of 2 daughters and 1 son, Eddie has 7 granddaughters and one great granddaughter. He lives near his daughter, Sissy and her family and continues to read and follow Georgia sports.