Farming Rural 07

Ernest Nelson Hurst

May 9, 1937 ~ August 14, 2022 (age 85)


Ernest Nelson Hurst

Holly Springs


Ernie Hurst, 85, passed away on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at the home of his daughter in Holly Springs.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Hurst and daughter, Angie Hurst Long.

Ernie is survived by his daughters, Dawn Hurst Hill and husband Oazie, Michele Louise Sowell and husband Greg and son-in-law, Robert Dean Long and wife Glenda; grandchildren, Olivia Renee Hill, Andrew Jarrett Hill, William Ernest Sowell, Gabrielle Raven Sowell and Robert Charles Long.

Ernie was born and raised in Pulaski, Virginia. He enlisted in the US Air Force when he was 17 years old during his senior year of high school with the permission of his father.  He traveled to nine different countries including England, Amsterdam, France and Africa during his years of service.

When he returned home, he worked in construction in the Washington, DC area. He helped build the Pentagon as well as bridges and high rises. He trained as an apprentice and joined the Carpenters Union. He also met my mom, Nancy while living there. They married and bought their first home in Woodbridge, Virginia. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also raised beagle puppies and rabbits. After working days, he attended training with Chevrolet in the evenings so that he could own a dealership.

Ernie and Nancy moved to Pink Hill with their 3 daughters in 1975. He opened HJ Chevrolet and was co-owner. He was active in many organizations including the Pleasant Hill Masonic Lodge where he served as Master.  He was also a member of Shriners and Scottish Rites. He was one of the original founders of Pink Hill Aero Club.

Ernie began his next adventure as a hog farmer for Carroll foods in 1988. He enjoyed almost everything about working on the farm. He also raised cows and horses in addition to numerous dogs and cats. He retired from the hog business in 2019.


A graveside service will be held at 2:00 on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at Oak Ridge Memorial Park in Pink Hill.



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Graveside Service
August 17, 2022

2:00 PM
Oak Ridge Memorial Park, NC

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