Obituary for Southern Humorist Ludlow Porch

Sadly, the beloved southern humorist,Ludlow Porch, died last week.  Ludlow, a long time North Georgia mountain resident and Big Canoe Chapel member will be missed by family, friends and his many fans.  A memorial service is being  held for Ludlow at 2PM Saturday in the Big Canoe Chapel.  His obituary follows.

Ludlow Porch (Bobby Crawford Hanson)
October 11, 1934–February 11, 2011
Pioneer Talk Show Host and Humorist

Service at Big Canoe Chapel, February 19, at 2 p.m.
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Ludlow Porch

Ludlow Porch was born Bobby Crawford Hanson on October 11, 1934. He was an American radio humorist, popular throughout the United States and especially in his beloved South.  Anyone who has lived in the South very long has likely listened to the incomparable Porch and laughed for hours at his irreverent, yet genial and gentle humor.  Ludlow cared little for politically correctness or the vicious talk show radio that permeates the airwaves these days. Instead he made people laugh with his spoofs and conversations with his regular “Wackos.”

Ludlow Porch, a Chapel member, died a little after 6:00 a.m. on February 11 following a stroke. The service will be at Big Canoe Chapel on Saturday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Jimmy R. Allen officiating.  A memorial reception will follow in the Broyles Community Center adjacent to the Chapel and the Varsity will be catering the reception. 

Ludlow served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War.  He was 17 years old and still flies a U.S. Marine flag in the yard of his mountain home with a back deck overlooking Amicalola Falls.  Ludlow’s stepbrother was the late humorist and Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Lewis Grizzard. It was Grizzard who introduced Ludlow to Sports Illustrated as a master of trivia.  The magazine sent someone to interview Ludlow and his trivia knowledge was written up in Sports Illustrated. That was the springboard for Ludlow enter the radio business. He was a guest on WSB and then became the Ringmaster for WRNG Radio in the 1970s (now CNN Radio).  His show was a great success and after a decade, he moved back to WSB where he remained for more than a decade.  He then founded the Funseekers Network in 1994 and remained a radio talk show host until his health failed. Ludlow always ended his show with his famous line: “Whatever else you do today, you find somebody to be nice to!”

Ludlow was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2007 and is the author of a number of books.

At the time of his death, he was married to Nancy Hanson since 1996 after becoming a widower. He and Nancy were a team and even she did not escape his wacky sense of humor.  When she was to receive an award from Florida State University, her alma mater, Ludlow reported on his Funseekers Network that the award was for a 62-yard field goal she kicked against Baylor.  (The award was a Centennial Laureate Award from the FSU College of Family and Consumer Sciences.)

In real life, Ludlow was a generous and kind-hearted man.  When Dr. Jimmy Allen’s late wife Wanda took a terrible fall from a deck on Sanderlin Mountain, Ludlow gave a fund-raising program of humor to benefit Wanda to help with huge medical bills. 

In addition to his wife Nancy, Ludlow Porch is survived by his children: Barbara Davison, Ashville, NC, Philip Hanson, Marietta, Charles McGarvey, Washington, DC, Kyle Harvey, Alpharetta, and grandchildren Liz and Will Lewis, Michael and Jennifer Franklin, Kathryn Hanson, Helen Hanson and great-grandchildren Hayley Franklin and Nathan Franklin. He was predeceased by a daughter, Leigh Ann Hanson.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, 122 S. St. Asaph Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 or to the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 5313, St. Mary’s, Georgia 31558