US Army

James "Jay" L. Hurst

July 9, 1956 ~ March 31, 2021 (age 64)

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U.S. Army Ret.  SSG James "Jay" L. Hurst, 64, of Fayetteville, NC, passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at his home surrounded by family.

Born on July 9, 1956 to Ellis Hurst and Carol Price.

He was preceded in death by his father Ellis Hurst, and a brother Carl Hurst.

James retired from the U.S. Army with over 20 years of honorable service.  He received numerous medals and commendations. After his military career he was employed with the U.S. Postal Service.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 28 years Laura Hurst of the home; two daughters Shelly Avins, and husband Sam, of Sumter, SC and Ashley Ruble and husband Jim, of Erwin, NC; one stepson Derrick Ardis, of Salina, KS; mother Carol Price and step-father Donald Price, of Summerton, SC; sisters Melissa Singletary, Moncks Corner, SC and Sandy Bramlette, Dalzell, SC; five grandchildren Aubrey Ard, Florence, SC, Samuel S. Avins  Jr., of Sumter, SC, and Skylar Avins, of Sumter, SC, Daniel and Lillian Ardis of Salina, KS,  a nephew Justin Hurst, of Sumter, SC; and a niece Toni Hurst, of Sumter, SC. Family of the heart : brother Nathan Deason, sister Ladena Deason, and Samantha Holmes, all of Shannon, NC; son-in-law Shane Ard, of Florence, SC; and a host of friends and extended family.

A visitation is planned for Saturday, April 10, 2021 from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service.

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Services are entrusted to Sullivan’s Highland Funeral Service & Crematory.

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April 10, 2021

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sullivan's Highland Funeral Service
610 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301

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