Services for Charles Richard Hurst, 80, of Tyler, will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church Tyler with Dr. Richard Shaw and the Rev. Pike Wisner officiating. Burial will precede the service in Cathedral in the Pines Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. under the direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors, Tyler. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Anderson, Dr. Maxey Abernathy, Barlet Gojani, A.C. Gentry, Bill Heimbaugh, Bill Lynn, the Rev. Pat Mallory, John Minton, Dr. Michael Massar, Jerry Morris, Dr. Paul Powell and Father Kevin Wittmayer.
Dr. Hurst died on March 31, 2014, after a brief illness. Dr. Hurst was born on Oct. 27, 1933, in Longview to Walter Pace Hurst and Zelma Lee Herring Hurst. He graduated from Longview High School in 1950, from Baylor University in 1954, and the Baylor College of Medicine in 1958. He married Jesmarie Harvey Hurst in 1955. After finishing his family practice residency in Michigan, they moved to Tyler joining the medical practice of Dr. C.E. Willingham in 1960.
Dr. Hurst loved taking care of patients of all ages. Making house calls and delivering babies were special joys to him. In 1967, his practice was interrupted when he was drafted into the United States Navy
. In Vietnam, he served at a hospital in Quang Tri province where he treated every imaginable illness and injury of the civilian population. After returning from war, he resumed his family practice, his love for quail hunting, coaching Little League baseball and serving as a deacon at the First Baptist Church. He and Jesmarie loved snow skiing and attending Baylor sporting events. He worked with Parents Anonymous, the Juvenile Attention Center and the Tyler Race Relations committee. He grew peaches at Hurst Orchards, employing many young people and developed with his son, Dan Hurst, the Peach Tree Golf Club, which now includes the Oak Hurst course.
Dr. Hurst traveled with the Texas Baptist Men's Disaster Relief crew to Iran after Desert Storm. This service led to many mission trips - Brazil, Thailand, Sumatra, Iraq, Turkey, Kosovo, Russia, Poland, Northern Ireland and Mexico. After the war in Kosovo, he helped restore a flour mill. He documents many of these missions of mercy in his book, "Religion, An Accident of Birth." After Jesmarie died, he married Betty Robbins Lloyd in 2007. They traveled throughout the world on mission. He was a devoted husband and father, a wonderful friend and a faithful believer in Jesus Christ. Dr. Hurst will be keenly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Dr. Hurst is survived by his wife, Betty Robbins Lloyd Hurst, of Longview; his sons, Rick Hurst, Dan Hurst and wife Beverly, Allen Hurst and wife Mary Kathryn, all of Tyler; grandchildren, Lauren Hurst Heffelfinger and husband Dan, of Dallas, Heather Hurst Collum and husband Carter, of Houston, Hans Hurst, Matthew Hurst, Stuart Hurst and Hailey Hurst; and great-grandchildren Callie Collum, Madison Collum and Wyatt Heffelfinger. Dr. Hurst was preceded in death by Jesmarie Harvey Hurst; and his sister, Virginia Hurst; and brother, Walter P. Hurst Jr.
Memorials in honor of Dr. Hurst may be made to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Parents Anonymous, First Baptist Church of Tyler, or the