Graveside services for Mr. Moses Hurt Sr. were held Saturday morning, June 13, 2020, at Eatonton Eastside Cemetery with Pastor Douglas Stowers officiating and Rev. Therodora Sneed assisting.
Hurt was born in Eatonton. He was the son of the late Jimmie and Ruby Vinning Hurt Sr.
He resided in the Dennis Station area in his early life.
After graduating from Butler-Baker High School in 1959, Moses stayed in Eatonton and worked. On April 7, 1961, Moses and his cousin Leonard (Duke) Hurt moved to Atlanta to look for a different career path.
Moses worked several jobs in Atlanta before working with United Parcel Post. He started working there on February 27, 1967, as a Package Driver. He was the first black driver. He retired after 30 ½ years with no traffic accidents on his route in downtown Atlanta (Capitol Hill). Being a driver in the downtown Atlanta area had afforded him the opportunity to meet six Georgia Governors: Carl Sanders, Sam Massell, Lester Maddox, Jimmy Carter, Joe Frank Harris and Zell Miller. On his route he was known as “Moe Hurt”. He was inducted into the UPS Circle of Honor on January 23, 1993 for Safe driving. He attributed this to having a good attitude towards his job. Moses said many years ago an old man told him, “If you like what you are doing, stay with it.”
Moses enjoyed working on his family farm, driving, traveling, partying, gardening, camping, and fishing. He described himself as an “outdoor person” and he had other names,” Boot” and “Top Dog.” Moses never met a stranger. To know him was to love him because he would make that happen. He was wise, skillful and bull headed. He will surely be missed by his family and friends.
Moses was the second of ten children. He was the oldest out of six living siblings: Willie (Roberta) Hurt of Chicago, Ill., Raymond (Paulette) Hurt of Conyers, and Johnny (Shirolene) Hurt of Loganville, Helen (Leon) Nelson of Eatonton, and Hazel (Larry) Harris of Charlotte, NC. He was preceded in death by his three brothers; Robert, Jimmie Jr. and Leroy.
Moses was married to Mildred Jordan who preceded him in death. To this marriage three sons were born: Moses (Rhonda) Hurt Jr. Dacula, Marvin (Doris) Hurt, Decatur, GA and Marcus Hurt, Decatur.
March 15, 1996, he married his second wife Lois West. They raised two sons, Carlos and Calvin West. Carlos preceded him in death May 11, 2019.
Moses had 15 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces. nephews, other relatives and friends and a dear friend, Willie Cates.
Arrangements entrusted to Meadows Mortuary Inc of Atlanta and in Eatonton to Hurt’s Funeral Home of Eatonton LLC.