Edmond Henry "Junior" Hurst

Monday, January 2, 2017
Edmond "Junior" Hurst

Monday evening, December 26, 2016, marked a long awaited welcoming party, as Edmond Henry Hurst entered through God's eternal gates. He was born in St. Louis, Mo., on October 2, 1923, to Edmond August, and Leona Vogt Hurst.

His siblings included a brother, Garland "Bud" Hurst (2008) (Joline) of Warren, Mich., sister, Verna Lee Thomas, (Richard, 2013) of La Habra, Calif. and a sister-in-law, Wilma (Cooper) Whitlock (Glenn, 1979).

The love of this man and his wife, Mary Ann Whitlock Hurst (1984) that many were blessed to know, raised a family bound with love, which now numbers 15, with two on the way.

On July 7, 1951, he and Mary Ann were united in marriage. To this union three children were born.; a daughter, Teresa Hurst Edwards (Gary) of Jonesboro and her family, David Edwards, (Josephine, August) of Smyrna, Tenn., and Kevin Edwards of Hermitage, Tenn.; a son, Edmond Joseph Hurst (2013) and his family, Kayla Hurst Reis, (Tony, Brock, Sienna) of O' Fallon, Mo., Edmond "Quinton" Hurst of Cookeville, Tenn., and Danielle Hurst of Paragould; a daughter, Marsha (Hurst) Ives (Justin) of Bryant and her family, Cody Ives of Little Rock and Alex Ives (Whitney, Nora, Emma) of Nimmons.

The birth of Brock Joseph Reis in 2015 bestowed upon him the title of great-grandfather. Upon receiving this joyous news he replied, "I've always wanted to be something great, I had to wait a long time."

His great-grandfather role expanded, as he welcomed the birth of Emma Ives, August Edwards and Sienna Elle Reis.

Abundantly blessed with many nieces and nephews, and special relationship with Clark Owen (Teresa), who he considered his second son, his long earth-trodden life gifted him time to form many wonderful friendships.

Edmond Henry Hurst was a U.S. Merchant Marine, serving our country on the USS Lane Victory during World War II.

As a lad growing up near the ballpark in St. Louis, he was a Cardinal fan from an early age. As a young man, he went for his dream, and tried out for the St. Louis Cardinals, even getting a call back, as he was smart outfielder with keen catching skills.

During the depression, his father passed away. This led him, along with his mother, brother and sister to move to his grandfather's farm in Nimmons.

The next 78 years he spent as a farmer and lover of the land. He was farming in his sleep throughout his final days; asking his nurse to bring him his overalls, because he had to go to work.

Funeral services were held 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at First Baptist Church of Piggott with grandson Kevin Edwards officiating. Burial was in Piggott Cemetery. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers included David Edwards, Kevin Edwards, Cody Ives, Alex Ives, Quinton Hurst and Clark Owen.

Honorary pallbearers included Gary Edwards, Justin Ives, Gary Whitlock, Bill Cooper, Dr. Adrian Parker, Mike Morgan, Michael Morgan, Ricky Wyss, J.W. Taylor, Leroy Owen, Kenny Sample, Richard Sample and Robert Sample.