Earmel “Earl” Hurd, 79, of Cabool, Missouri, went home to be with the Lord on June 29, 2010 at Kabul Nursing Home following a long illness.
Earl was born in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, the seventh child of 23 children of Edgar and Fannie (England) Hurd.
He enlisted in the Army in 1954 and served in Korea as a staff sergeant.
Earl met JoBeth McCracken on a double date and they were married in 1955 at Houston, Missouri. He worked at various jobs including Red Top Gas, Burdine Township, and installing heating and air conditioning.
Earl will best be remembered as someone who loved God, helping everyone he could. He was an avid coon hunter with his buddies, Emery, Warren, Bill and Rudy. His greatest legacy will be the lives he has touched with the gospel of Jesus Christ and the countless souls he brought into the kingdom of God. He was selfless and always put others’ needs before his own. Earl and JoBeth started three churches and two youth centers. They have also ministered at county jails for many years.
He was the beloved husband and friend of JoBeth (McCracken) for 55 years; dearest father of Debbie Ebert and husband Lloyd, Marian Hurd, and Lori Blaker and husband Reid; loving grandfather of Sarah, Jason, Tamar, Matthew, Cassandra, Tabitha, Zach, Tim and great-grandfather to Emma, Benjamin, Christian, Ashlyn, Summer, Austin, Jordon, Aiden, Kyra, Jesse, Alivia and Johnathan. Earl had numerous spiritual children and grandchildren, and he loved them as his own. He is also survived by five brothers, Albert Hurd and wife Lois of Warsaw, Indiana, Charles Hurd and wife Della of Forrest City, Arkansas, and Lonnie Hurd and wife Hattie, Arthur Hurd, and Robert Hurd and wife Sue, all of Prestonsburg, Kentucky; also, three sisters, Edna and husband Amos Poe, Bonnie and husband Ted Harman of Warsaw, Indiana, and Joyce “Marcie” Hurd of Cabool.
Memorial services were held on July 2, 2010 at Abundant Life Word Ministries. Donations are being accepted to purchase Bibles to continue the ministries he and JoBeth started. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery near Cabool under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool.