Uncle Ken Hurst

It’s been a year since he died. And I only got this chance to scrape his obituary from ‘The Chattanoogan’:

Hurst, Kenneth
posted September 6, 2010

Kenneth Hurst, 87, of Chattanooga, died on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010.

He was the son of Queenie Saxson and Alonzo Hurst, of Providence, R.I. His siblings are Elenor Fenley, John, Frances Magnum, and Ronald all of Providence. He was a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School, Rhode Island Technical School, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Kenneth was Providence Junior Horseshoe Champ at age 11 and New England Champion in 1939. Kenneth was also a state Soap Box Derby Champion.

During World War II he was a Technical Sergeant and served as an aerial gunner/flight engineer on a B-24, flying 34 missions with the Eighth Air Force, over Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, EAME Campaign Medal with four battle stars, and the Good Conduct Medal.

Kenneth was married to the late Muriel Lusk of Altamont, Tn., for 63 years.

His children are Michael, of Birmingham, Karen (Batson), of Wilmington, Steven and Vincent, of East Ridge and Hollye, of Asheville. Kenneth had ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

He was employed with Combustion Engineering (Alston Power) for 20 years. He was founder and majority partner of Metallurgical Enterprises in Lakeview.

He was a member of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the funeral home, with funeral services at 1 p.m.

Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Arrangements are by the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist, 404 South Moore Road.

I hardly knew him, but more through story and reputation. What a life.