Joseph N. Hurst

September 29, 1924July 16, 2013
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JOSEPH N. HURST, 88, passed away on July 16, 2013, in Houston, TX. He was born on Sept. 29, 1924, to Guy and Annie Laurie Hurst in Royce City, TX, where he grew up on the family farm with his five siblings.

Upon graduating from Royce City High School, Joe joined the U.S. Air Force during WWII, attaining the rank of staff sergeant. Serving as a gunner with the 494th squadron, he fought in the Pacific theater and, from his plane, witnessed the atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima.

After the war, he attended the University of Houston on a football scholarship, playing halfback for the university’s first football team. While at the U of H, he met the love of his life, his wife of 63 years, Mary Jane, whom he married in 1950. They raised two daughters, Teresa Lynn and Laura Ann.

After graduating from the U of H in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Joe joined Shell Chemical Company in Deer Park, TX, as an accountant. During his 37-year career, he moved from the financial side of Shell to information technology, in jobs that took him from Houston to New York to Denver and, in 1964, back to Houston, where he spent the rest of his life. He retired from Shell in 1986 as a senior staff systems analyst.

Joe loved his family, football, fishing and hunting, in that order. He remained a life-long Cougar football fan, attending virtually all their home games as long as he was able. He also was a lifetime member of the U of H Varsity H Association. Although age eventually curtailed his outdoor activities, he continued to enjoy reading and spending time with his family at their beach condominium in Galveston.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Guy Hurst Jr. and Fred Hurst; and his sisters Ann Neighbors and Jane Taylor. He is survived by his wife and two daughters; Teresa’s husband James Mandel; sister Beth Randle; and several nephews and nieces.


  • Visitation Monday, July 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 22, 2013
  • Graveside Service Monday, July 22, 2013

Joseph N. Hurst

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Anita Darras

August 11, 2013

I did not get to ask you about that wonderful painting of your father. I liked it very much. It had a style almost reminiscent of John Singer Sargent in the softness of the palette and the representation of his features.

Thanh Tong

August 9, 2013

I'm very sorry to hear that your father passed away. My thoughts are with you and your family. Hope he is in a more peaceful place.

Linda Garren-McKillip

August 9, 2013

Even when you are expecting the loss, nothing can prepare you for that sad moment when that loved one is no longer there. Big hugs.

Elena Diloria

August 9, 2013

My heart goes out to you. This was unexpected, yet not unexpected at the older ages. I am so glad he did not suffer and that he had what sounds like a good life surrounded by people and children who loved him. It is so hard to lose parents. My mom died in '99 and I still find myself wanting to pick up the phone and call her when something good happens. We never really know how much we miss them.

Scott Roberts

August 8, 2013

Sorry to hear about your father. Treasure your memories of him. All our best.
Scott and Cathi Roberts

Kitty Borah

August 8, 2013

I am so sad for you. My stepfather, whom I adored, died from ALS when I was in the ninth grade, after being ill for two years. I have never gotten over losing him. I can't imagine how difficult it must be for you to face life without your father in it. I am so sorry. Wish there was something to somehow make it easier.

Marilyn Miller

August 8, 2013

I am so sorry to hear about your father, Teresa. I know it is so hard for you, your mother and your whole family, and my heart goes out to you. It is a blessing that he was able to live independently for so long and that he died quickly. We'll be thinking of you.

Janet Fridge

August 8, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. No matter how prepared we think we are, the passing of a family member or friend is a hard blow -- especially losing a parent.
My deepest sympathies. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Sandy Windsor

August 8, 2013

We understand your loss and would like to have our parents forever. Fortunately he spent a large number of those 88 years with you.
Sandy and Duane

Pam Lewis

August 8, 2013

We really share your sorrow -- my father died a few months ago, just shy of his 93rd birthday. But it still hit hard. Sending wishes for your healing.