Visitation Information:

October 7th, 2018 at 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Lakewood Baptist Church

Service Information:

October 7th, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Lakewood Baptist Church
2235 Thompson Bridge Road Gainesville, GA 30501

Mr. Michael Ray Hurst, 66

~~Mr. Michael Ray Hurst, age 66, of Lula, Georgia went to be with Jesus on  Friday, October 5, 2018, surrounded by his family.  Michael was born October 25, 1951 in Cheyenne, Wyoming to R.G. (Glen) Hurst and the late Sue Hurst.

Funeral Services will be 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 7, 2018 at Lakewood Baptist Church.  Dr. Tom Smiley will officiate.  The family will receive friends 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the church.

Michael is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jean; his daughter, Gretchen Sutton (Geoff); son, Scott Hurst; step-sons, Adam Thomas and Chris Thomas (Melissa); brother, Pat Hurst; sister, Janet Stanton (Steve); and “Poppy’s” five grandchildren, Stella, Holden, Breelan, JW and Braylee.

He was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and graduated from Farragut High School in 1969.  He received his Bachelors of Science Degree in Forestry from University of Tennessee in 1973 and Master’s Degree in Biology from Tennessee Tech in 1976.

Michael worked as a Wildlife Biologist for the United States Forest Service for 32 years, retiring in 2009.  In retirement he enjoyed travel, fishing and golfing and spending quality time with family and friends.

Michael loved the Lord and fought an incredibly courageous battle with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer for the last 16 months.  He was an active member of Lakewood Baptist Church serving in preschool and Vacation Bible School and also volunteering with Meals on Wheels for 20 years.

Special Thanks to Amedysis Hospice for the outstanding love and care for the last 16 days of Michael’s life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 430 Prior St SE, Gainesville, GA 30501 or Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA  30501.

Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer sustained Michael and wife throughout his cancer journey.

Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, Georgia  30542 is in charge of arrangements.  Send on-line condolences to 

Condolences 9
Lindsay Thomas 2018-10-05 17:19:30
My sincerest sympathies and prayers to GiGi, and the family. Michael loved Jean and his grandchildren so much and I know that he will be greatly missed. He will forever be in our prayers hearts until we meet again!!!!!! Praying for Peace and Blessings, Lindsay Thomas xoxo
Bill Rosser 2018-10-06 10:22:09
I am so sorry to learn of Mike's passing. I have so many memories of our times together as young boys. I remember spending a lot of time around creeks and streams with him showing me how to fish. His entire family was special to my family. My prayers are with the entire Hurst family.
Beth Jennings 2018-10-06 14:04:28
So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers
Rachel and Kent Schneider 2018-10-06 18:54:27
We are so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Hoot Gibbs 2018-10-07 08:22:31
I am so sorry for your loss. I can sympathize with you all. I lost a brother to pancreatic cancer in 2010. As Michael did, I also graduated from Farragut High School, only in 1966. And I retired from the US Forest Service in 2004. My thoughts and prayers are with you. A friend in Christ, Hoot Gibbs
Sandy Coward 2018-10-07 17:07:39
Went to Farragut with Mike - very sweet guy. Prayers for your comfort
Jue-Jue Etienne 2018-10-08 06:59:33
Gigi! You and the whole family are in my prayers! May God give you the strength you need in this difficult time!!!
Larry King 2018-10-08 08:10:16
Sorry to hear this our prayers goes out to the family. It was a honor to work with Mike when he came to our district and worked on fires
Phillippa Lewis Moss 2018-10-08 10:00:44
The entire Meals on Wheels family is sadden to hear about Michael's passing. We were honored to have him as a volunteer. He touched many lives and will be missed.
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