Mary Margaret Margaret Vess Hurst

May 11, 1922November 18, 2012
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Hurst, Mary Margaret (Vess), age 90, died peacefully on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center following a lengthy illness. She was born May 11, 1922 in Knoxville, Tennessee, the daughter of the later James M. Vess and Judie D. Vest. She was one of ten children, six of who preceded her in death. Surviving her are two sisters, Ethel Thomas and Maggie Lewis of Cleveland Tennessee, and one brother, Elmer Vess of Cosby, Tennessee. She was married on November 18, 1939 to the late Enoch I. Hurst. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Mary Frances who died on March 5, 1966; her husband Enoch who died on July 2, 1989; her step-son, Fred I. Hurst who died on December 17, 1992; and several gerandchildren and sons-in-law. She is survived by twelve of her children: Jennie Hurst, Katherine Ownby, Gladys West all of Knoxville, Tennessee; Carolyn (Raymond) Tinsley of Seymour, Tennessee; Ronald (Beth) Hurst of Cleveland, Tennessee; Moquita (Raymond) McCranie of Chatsworth, Georgia; Helen (Nathan) Towe of Lebanon, Ohio; Betty (Lynn) Murphy of Rocky Face, Georgia; Terry (Tami) Hurst of Strawberry Plains, Tennessee; Ginger (Robert) Long, Morris E. (Lisa) Hurst, and Robin L. Hurst all of Knoxville, Tennessee. She is also survived by 38 grandchildren, 60 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-great-grandchildren. Margaret worked at Alpha Industries for 24 years sewing field coats for the military. She retired when she was 71 years old and would have worked longer had not her children encouraged her to retire. Except for a few years spent in Chatsworth, Georgia with her daughter, Knoxville, Tennessee has been her home. Besides her family, her greatest joy was her church family. She attended South Knoxville Church of God since she was a young girl (for at least 73 years). She loved to teach her Sunday School class called the Faithful Doers, sing in the Choir, quilt with the ladies, and prepare food for special occasions. Margaret was known as Mamaw to everyone. They loved her biscuits, chicken and dumplings, and oatmeal cake. She loved to cook for her family. She was a beautiful, gracious woman. Proverbs 31 is an excellent description of her. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Knoxville Church of God, 5623 Magazine Road, Knoxville, TN 37920 designated for Appalachian Childrens Home. Funeral services will be held at South Knoxville Church of God on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM, Rev. Robert Branch officiating. She will be laid to rest at Mount Olive Cemetery following the funeral service. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Highway. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 20, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Mary Margaret Margaret Vess Hurst

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Jerome and Sandi Boone

December 4, 2012

Your mom left a beautiful heritage by serving the Lord wholeheartedly throughout her life. We know Ron and Beth well and know that her life and influence is reflected in their walk of faith.

LeEtta Lundy

November 30, 2012

Margaret was a very special lady. I will miss her so much. I always joked with her about dancing and now she is dancing to the best music ever. May you find comfort in your time of need but know that she is in a better place. She is home. Thats where she wanted to go

James, Kelly, and Nicole Gray

November 24, 2012

We are very sorry for your loss. We will be praying for all of you.

Susan Pruitt Bolinger

November 21, 2012

Margaret was such a wonderful "Woman of God". She was the pillar of her family and loved unconditionally. I have only the fondest memories of her growing up and she will be dearly missed. I love this entire family! That says so much about who Margaret was and how she raised her children. Awesome family! I feel like I am one of them.

Gena Crowe King

November 21, 2012

I Remember this Sweet Woman....I Believe that When we are absent from our bodies We are present with the our LORD......My GOD comfort your GREAT LOSS....

Randy Powers

November 21, 2012

So sorry for your loss love you guys Bro and Sis Towe Helen & Nate Randy @ Jackie Powers from Rhode Island

Chrissy Presnell

November 21, 2012

Mamaw Margaret Hurst was a person truly to be cherished. I've included a picture of her along with my daughter Jocelyn Presnell when Jocelyn was 6 weeks old about 4 months ago. Rest in peace.

Arthur Caron Ward

November 21, 2012

Praying for all of the family. She was a beautiful and gracious woman of God. May God guide you and keep you in your time of loss.

cleta ogle

November 21, 2012

i am sorry for your loss

November 20, 2012

May His comfort and peace be with you in this time of loss. You are in our hearts and prayers. -Ken & Jacquie Bradford