George Hudspeth Obituary, Death – In St. Louis, Missouri, on January 15, 1944, George Edward Hudspeth was brought into the world as the product of the union between his parents, Olyn and Corinne Hudspeth. He was the third child that this couple had together. Both of his parents as well as his three brothers, Barry, Michael, and John, had already passed away before he did. He participated in the public school system of St. Louis and received his diploma from Vashon High School in the year 1962. After completing high school, he went on to earn degrees from what is now known as Harris-Stowe State University and Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville (East St. Louis Campus).
During this time, he also joined Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Later on, he completed his undergraduate studies in Accounting at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and went on to earn his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification the following year in 1974. George was a brilliant student who never stopped learning throughout his life. At Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, he studied for and received his Master of Science degree in Information Systems in 1993. He decided to extend his schooling and eventually earned a certification in Project Management. After completing his studies at Dwight McDaniels Theological Seminary (DMTS) and earning a Doctor of Divinity degree in Christian Counseling at the ripe old age of 73, he changed his name to Dr. George Hudspeth.
George was a pioneer in the field of public accounting in the city of St. Louis, becoming one of the first black CPAs. After working for the accounting company Ernst & Ernst, which is now known as Ernst & Young Global Limited, he went on to create his own accounting practice, George Hudspeth, CPA, in 1975. He started working for Banks, Finley, White & Company in Memphis, Tennessee in 1977 and eventually became a partner there. Over the course of his career, which has spanned over six decades, he has provided his expertise to a wide range of businesses. Some of these businesses include Ken Toomer, CPA, Central Medical Center, Lewis and Clark Community College, Southwestern Bell (now AT&T), Power Financial, MDJ Contracting Inc., Above Only Enterprises, LLC, and Five Units, LLC (a Hudspeth Family Corporation).