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Updated: 05/16/2014 08:00:02AM

Horace Thomas Hurst

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Horace Thomas Hurst, 64, passed away Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at his home in the Brownville, Fla., community, surrounded by his loving family.

Horace was the owner/operator of Hurst Logging Company. He transported lumber and pulp wood trees throughout the state of Florida. Horace was a devoted family man. He would load the family up and go to the beach, or just drive around looking for trees that he could harvest. He was a member of Upper Room Church of God.

Horace is survived by his beloved wife, Mona Ruth McClelland Hurst of Arcadia, Fla.; son, Dean (Jennifer) McCaig of Trenton, Tenn.; four daughters, Jessica Mae Hurst, Tisha (Wesley) Coker, Carry McClelland and Angel Hurst, all of Arcadia; brother, Bud (Judy) Hurst of Arcadia; three sisters, Essie (Wayne) Cooper, Ruby Newberry and Mary (Bill) England, all of Arcadia; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Edward Hurst Sr. and Elvery Mae Fipps Hurst; and two sons, Horace Thomas Hurst Jr. and James L. Hurst.

Visitation will be conducted from 4 p.m. until the funeral services at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014, from the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. The Rev. Wayne Cooper and the Rev. Rufus Caraway will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, 1813 Cecil Webb Place, Boys Ranch, FL 32060. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.

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