H.M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel

4550 Peachtree Road Ne, Atlanta, GA


James Stephen Hurst

February 11, 1949September 20, 2019

James Stephen Hurst, 70, of Atlanta passed away on September 20, 2019 in Atlanta.

Steve was born in Boston, Massachusetts to Dr. J. Willis Hurst and Nelie Wiley Hurst on February 11, 1949. He grew up in Atlanta, graduating from Dykes High School in 1967. After attending Emory at Oxford, Steve graduated from Emory University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He married Leslie Douglas Hurst on October 5, 1980 in Atlanta. He was a Principal with Love, Douglas & Pope Insurance agency for more than 30 years. Steve was an active member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. He was an avid golfer and a member of Capital City Club.

Steve was preceded in death by his parents.

In addition to his wife, Steve is survived by his sons Dr. Stuart Douglas Hurst and his wife Mary Stuart of Atlanta and Charles Willis Hurst of Big Sky, Montana; brothers Dr. John W. Hurst, Jr. and his wife Deborah of Atlanta and Philip W. Hurst and his wife Tamara of Hattiesburg, Mississippi; grandsons Charles Robert Hurst and James Henry Hurst.

Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at HM Patterson, Oglethorpe Hill, 4550 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta GA 30319.

Following a private burial, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 27, 2019 at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. A reception will follow in Grace Hall.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity, 824 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta GA 30316 or online at https://www.classy.org/campaign/hurst-house-2020/c251530. Please indicate “Hurst House” on the donation as the family will be building a home in Steve’s memory.


  • Visitation Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, September 27, 2019


James Stephen Hurst

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constance craig

September 27, 2019

Stephen and Leslie were always together and always full of life whenever I waited on them at Houston's restaurant. Stephen always knew exactly what he wanted and she would always just smile at him and shake her head. He was a man of very few words but I could tell that he loved himself some Leslie and he was very, very proud of his children, even though they were polar opposites. I loved to hear about their lives and how much they adored their new grandbaby Charlie and how another one was on the way. I left Houston's about 7 years ago but they never left my heart. Our family sends love, peace and hugs to each of you during this time. I am so blessed to have know Stephen, we love you. The Craig's

Michael Harley

September 23, 2019

I have a number of positive memories of Steve. When I was fortunate enough to become a part of Steve's golf group, it was always nice to have a fellow UGA Bulldog fan among the many Tech fans in our group. I also loved the time traveling to Ireland golf trip with him and how, even when he got injured, he kept hanging with the group and having fun - not letting the injury get him down. I remember seeing he and Leslie in Chicago, by chance, prior to UGA beating Notre Dame (again) in South Bend and Steve being so excited. Finally, for all of our fun together socially, I know he and Leslie were incredibly open to helping me spiritually as I was in receipt of a constant invitation to join them in their Sunday school class. And when I did go, they made sure I was welcomed, introduced, and they even sat with me to make sure I felt included. What a great man and family!