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Elizabeth Williams Hurst

Published: 12/13/2012

Elizabeth Williams Hurst passed away peacefully on December 10, 2012, surrounded by her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents Connie and Hettie Stevens Williams; sisters Ruth Williams, Lucille Campbell, Emma Owens, and Maudella Owens; brothers J. C. Williams and LeRoy Williams; brothers-in-law Harold Campbell, Stanley Owens, Cy Owens, Charles Shaffer, Charles Johnson, Boyd Watts, and Max Johnson; sisters-in-law Shirley Shaffer and Mary Williams; and father-in-law and mother-in-law Allen and Isa B. Hurst.

She is survived by her husband Harold Hurst; sons and daughters-in-law Terry and Renee Hurst and Mitchell and Alice Hurst; and daughter and son-in-law Marcia and David 'Bunny' Hill. Elizabeth was devoted to her family and especially cherished her grandchildren: Katie (Jamie) Proffitt, Sara (Hans) Faust, Ryan Hill, Chad Hurst, and Kristen (Alan) Garland. She had four great-grandchildren: Bo and Ellie Proffitt, Vivienne Faust, and Karma Garland.

Elizabeth is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Doris and Wayne Smelcer, brother and sister-in-law Wayne and Helen Williams, brother G. D. Williams, sister-in-law Elizabeth Williams; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bob and Marjorie Hurst; sisters-in-law Nancy Johnson and Peggy Johnson; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth was past president of the PTA and then a substitute teacher at Newport Grammar School for 39 years, where she touched the lives of many children. She was a loyal member of First Baptist Church, Newport, where she served in a variety of ways including as chair of the Pulpit Committee. She was an active member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and the Newport Theatre Guild. Those who knew her will remember how she loved to shop and go to UT football games.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ken Johnson and the caring staff at Newport Convalescent Center.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012, in the chapel of Brown Funeral Home with Dr. Charles Boggan and Chaplain Glenn Bradley officiating. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2012, at Union Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday prior to the services at the funeral home.

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Brown Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hurst family.

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