Michael Guinn Hurst
January 19, 1953 – February 19, 2021
Michael Guinn Hurst, 68, resident of Suwanee, Georgia, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021. Michael was born in Fannin County on January 19, 1953 to Fred Hurst of Ducktown, TN and Maxine Mull Hurst of Blue Ridge, GA. Michael is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Carol A. Hurst, step-children Molly Moore and husband Billy, Daren Painter, bonus daughter Wendy Reeling and husband Scott, grandchildren Caleb Moore, Sarah Beth Moore, Hunter and Ryan Reeling, sister Freda Hurst, niece Amanda Shilling and husband Brad, nephew Steven Stoll and wife Kelle, nephew Alan Stoll, great nieces Fiona Stoll, Hadley Shilling, Maddy Stoll, Emily Wade and Megan Wade. In addition to these family members Michael is also survived by his baseball family and the countless men he coached and mentored over the years. Michael graduated from Cross Keys High School then played baseball collegiately at Mercer University-Atlanta, where he was a NAIA All-Region Selection. After a stint as a high school coach in Maryland, he returned to his native state in 1990 as an assistant coach at Dekalb College. He then joined the Georgia State University Baseball Staff as Assistant Coach in 1992 and was elevated to Head Coach in 1994. He served as Assistant Competition Manager and Field of Play Coordinator for Baseball in the 1996 Olympic Games. He concluded his collegiate coaching career at Georgia State in 2006.
He was inducted into the Georgia State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016, two years after being inducted into the Georgia Dugout Club Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Michael’s love for baseball started when he was just 6 years old while playing for Clairmont Little League. He was on the baseball field in some capacity until the last year of his life. He loved the Tennessee Volunteers with a great passion and could talk about them with as much knowledge as he did baseball. His dad instilled in him the love of the Vols, bluegrass & country music, and all sports but especially baseball. Together, his parents taught him to love the Lord and the importance of family.
There is so much to say about a man who lived life to the fullest. His zest for life continued even while bravely fighting cancer for the past 20 years. Off the baseball field, he enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved being outside, visiting the beach & mountains, and especially doing the 2 step with Carol in their living room. He told great stories, most of which were based on his many adventures in life. He never met a stranger and touched the lives of so many. He was loved and adored equally by his family and baseball community. He gave back to the sport that inspired his life and in turn continues to inspire future generations. Words can’t even express how deeply he will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following:
A close family friend has set up a fund to assist Michael’s widow, Carol, with immediate needs. To donate: https://gofund.me/7aed6fec
You can also donate to the Georgia State University baseball program in Michael’s memory. Coach Hurst’s passion for the Panthers went far beyond wins and losses. He had an incredible influence on the program, countless student-athletes and the baseball community. Our goal is to name the GSU Baseball Clubhouse after Coach Hurst and honor his legacy for years to come. Donations can be made to GSU Baseball online by visiting www.giving.gsu.edu/baseball. If you receive an error message when visiting, please copy and paste the above address into a new browser window. Please mail checks payable to “GSU Foundation/baseball” to: Attn: GSU Foundation, P.O. Box 2668, Atlanta, GA 30301.
Memorial information to follow at a later date.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Michael Guinn Hurst
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February 27, 2021
As you honor Michael, take heart... in the stories and memories, in the laughter and love, in the tears and hugs. Take heart... in the celebration of a life well-lived and a person much-loved.
Thinking of you and praying for you moments of peace and comfort.
I love all of you,
In His love,
February 24, 2021
Coach you had Garrett and my family from day one. Thank you for sharing this wonderful man with us Carol. As you told me on that first day Coach we could have run together. RIP my friend. The Greers.
February 23, 2021
Mike Hurst excelled as husband, father, grandfather, coach & follower of Christ. I admire and respect this fine man.
February 23, 2021
Words can’t express the sadness I feel, having lost the best brother and friend anyone could ever have. I’m so blessed to call you brother. Thank you for all the fun memories and I don’t know what I’ll do without our phone calls each day. Our many talks about baseball, the Vols, music, old TV shows and life, will be deeply missed. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful uncle to my children, they love you so much.
Thank you for making me proud to say, for my entire life, “Mike Hurst is MY brother!! “
The world has lost a great man .....the best.
I love you Michael❤️ and tell Mama and Daddy I said hey!!
Debbie Goodwin LePage
February 22, 2021
As a childhood family friend, we all knew Mike was destined for greatness-greatness of character, perseverance, dedication, devotion. From the start Mike was a standup guy, in all that he did & all of his choices. Wonderful childhood memories in the baseball stands cheering him on. Rest well coach, with love & condolences to his wife Carol, sister Freda & all of his family & friends ❤️