Edward Hurston

Obituary of Edward Earl Hurston

Ed Hurston of DeLand, Florida, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019 after a long and brave fight against Alzheimer’s disease. Ed was born in Columbus, Georgia to Clifton and Louvenia Blocker Hurston on June 23, 1934. After High School, he joined the Navy and served during the Korean War, stationed primarily in Guam and Japan. Following his discharge, Ed attended Auburn University and the SMU School of Insurance Marketing.

After a brief stint in the Sears Management Training Program, Ed realized he was more suited to being his own boss, and went on to own and operate a number of successful businesses throughout his life. His final and favorite business was Wonderwood Corp., a fencing manufacturer, wholesaler and retail outlet at the DeLand Municipal Airport.

Over the years, Ed’s hobbies included fishing, tennis, golf, and billiards, the Orlando Magic, trading automobiles, smoking fine cigars, collecting watches, flying his Beechcraft Bonanza, and traveling the world. When he took an interest in something, he studied and learned everything he possibly could until he became highly proficient. He held a Florida Auto Dealer’s license for years and was an active member of the International Watch and Jewelry Guild. He was a Founding Member of Art’s Cigar Club in Orlando. He also served as President of the Tavares Rotary Club 1974 – 1975.

Ed is survived by his wife of 39 years, Joan, daughters Lori Biron (Claude), Marietta, GA, Kelley Kyle, DeLand, FL, Bailey Hurston, Seattle, WA, brother Larry Hurston  (Linda) of Malvern, PA, five grandchildren—Elizabeth, Alex, Angelina, Jean-Marc and Patrick, and his loyal canine companion Lucky. He was preceded in death by his mother, father and brother Charles.

The family would like to express gratitude for the love, support and prayers from friends and family near and far over the last difficult months. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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