August 15, 1930
M. S. Hurt, 91, Died Thursday
In the death last Thursday morning of Mekin S. Hurt, just one mile east of Lebanon, the town and countryside lost a splendid and valuable citizen and the fast thinning Confederate line, another member, reducing the number of Confederate soldiers in Russell county to fourteen - a mighty host who thrilled and challenged the admiration of a world by their daring and superb bravery and gallant dash in the Wilderness, at Shilo, Chickamauga, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Kernstown, Piedmont, Smithfield, New Creek Station, Bloody Angle, Gettysburg and many other world famed battles.
The deceased, grand-old man as we shall remember him, was a member of the Thirty-ninth Virginia regiment, under the command of Captain Hunt, was among the first to leave his New Garden home as a volunteer, serving to the close of the war.
After the close of the war or soon thereafter, he located on a farm one mile east of Lebanon, where he lived, worked and mingled with his fellowman as a citizen, loved and esteemed for neighborly feeling and right living.
Surviving are two children, William Hurt, of Lebanon, and Robert Hurt, of Texas. His wife died many years ago.
One brother, Moses Hurt, of Gardner, and one sister, Mrs. Ashbrook, survive also.
The Masonic Fraternity had charge of the burial service, he being an active Mason for near 70 years. The burial was in a little plot a short distance from the home.
Until infirmities of old age prevented he attended the Lebanon Methodist church, of which he was a member, lending aid in every movement for the upbuilding of His Kingdom.
Funeral services were held at the home conducted by Rev. P. P. Tabor.