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Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Mrs. Shirley Tindell Hurst

December 25, 1935August 4, 2019
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Shirley Clem Tindell Hurst, age 83, of Knoxville, passed away on August 4, 2019 after suffering a stroke and heart attack. She attended Linden Baptist Church, where she played piano and organ, and in later years became a member of West Hills Baptist Church. She was a cherished wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and sister. Known to her grandchildren as “Geekee,” she is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Eugene Tindell; daughter, Brenda Tindell; son, Robert “Bobby” Tindell; her parents, Jake and Irene Clem; brothers, John Clem and James “Bud” Clem; sister, Evelyn Maples. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Varnes (Joey); grandchildren, Allison Varnes, Amanda Varnes, Robby Tindell, Jesse Tindell Johnson (Stone); great-grandson, Caulder Johnson; daughter-in-law, Robin Tindell; sisters, Phyllis Baer (Tom) and Carol Faulkner.

Years after the tragic loss of her first husband, Shirley found love again with husband, Bill Hurst, who also preceded her in death. She was predeceased by son-in-law, Tom Bak; and daughter-in-law, Sandi Hurst. She is survived by daughter, Audrey Hurst Bak and her children, Tommy, Danny, and Jaime; son, Alex Hurst and his daughter, Morgan; and many great-grandchildren.

Shirley was a gifted florist whose work spanned many years in the Knoxville area. She was a lifetime member of the East Tennessee Professional Florist Association. Shirley co-owned The Flower Garden with Peggy Mize from 1969-1975, and then worked for Baum’s Florist from 1975-1983. In 1983, she and Bill Hurst opened their own flower shop in Farragut. Bill wanted to call it Shirley’s Bloomers, but in the end, it became Flowers First. Shirley continued the business after Bill passed, and eventually sold it in 1997. She then worked as an auditor for Stein Mart until she retired in 2012. Retirement, however, did not mean that she hung up her bowling shoes. She participated in a league until her passing and was well-known for her competitive spirit. But her greatest love was her family.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 pm Friday, with the funeral service to follow at 7:00 pm at Berry Highland Memorial. Rev. David Maude will officiate. Interment will be at 11:00 am Saturday at Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee, 37919. Family and friends should gather at 10:45 am. The family would like to thank the medical staff at Tennova West, West Hills Health and Rehab, and Amedisys Hospice for their kindness and compassion. Friends may leave their thoughts and memories at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com

Services

  • Gathering of Friends Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Interment Service Saturday, August 10, 2019

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Donna Lawless

August 10, 2019

Shirley always set an example of what a wife and mother should be. She will never be forgotten.

Cari Skinner

August 9, 2019

So sorry to hear of her passing.
Audrey, Susie and I will miss her here at the beauty shop.

She always had a possitive upbeat spirit.

Sherlene Inman

August 9, 2019

Dear Debbie,
I am so sorry about the passing of your Mother, My sincere thoughts and prayers are for you and your family.
May God bless you.

Sherlene Inman

Bill McReynolds

August 8, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Shirley's passing. I have fond memories of our bowling together on Tuesday nights. She was a good sport, very competitive and fun to be around. My deepest sympathy to her family.

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