August 14, 1923|
"SQUIRE" HURT INTERRED AMID GRIEVING CROWDLAST RITES PERFORMED FOR VENERABLE NORTON CITIZEN MONDAY MORNING AT HIGHLAND CEMETERY
"Squire" A. F. Hurt, a Confederate veteran, and one of Norton's most venerable citizens, died late Saturday afternoon, at 850 Virginia Avenue, his home, here and and was buried on Monday morning in Highland Cemetery.
"Squire" Hurt, who was eighty-four years of age, had been ill for some time of the infirmities of old age, but his death came as a distinct shock to the community.
Rev. J. F. Benton, pastor of the Methodist church, conducted the funeral services on Monday morning at eleven o'clock, at the Hurt home.
After a short service at the home, the funeral cortege, composed of Knights Templar, Daughters of the Confederacy, and leading citizens of Norton, journeyed to Highland Cemetery, where a short but impressive service was held at the grave.
Squire Hurt was born December 28, 1840, at Elks Garden, in Russell county. Out of a large family only one brother, A. L. Hurt, of Honaker is now living.
In 1861 Squire Hurt volunteered in Company G, 29th Regiment, Infantry, of the Confederate army. He served for four years under General Pickett, and was present at Appomattox when General Lee surrendered.
On December 24, 1865, Mr. Hurt married Miss Rebecca Ferguson, of Russell county. There were eight children: Mary Margaret, R. L. T. V., J. P., W. W., Pauline, and T. F. Hurt, and Mrs. Thomas Hendricks. R. L. Hurt, Pauline Hurt and T. F. Hurt are now deceased.
Squire Hurt was for twelve years Sheriff of Russell county and for two years constable. For six years he was a deputy collector of United States revenue. For the past eight years he had been a magistrate of the Gladeville district. He served, county, state and nation.