Doris “Deanie” Hurst

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FRANKLIN – Doris “Deanie” Hurst, 81, went to her heavenly home on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020.

Deanie was born in Rabun County, Georgia, the daughter of the late J.C. and Jessie Faye McClure Watts. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harrison Watts; a sister, Reba Grist; uncles who were like brothers, Donald, Lewis and Calvin Watts; and a cousin who was also like a brother, Johnny Watts.

Deanie was a longtime member of Watauga Baptist Church, where she had previously served as treasurer and had worked with the children’s vacation Bible school. She owned Hurst Daycare for over 40 years. Anyone who knew Deanie knew how much she enjoyed walks, singing in the church choir and basketball, but most of all how much she loved being with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Horace A. Hurst; son, Derrick Hurst (Rhonda); and a grandson, Colby Hurst, all of Franklin. Also surviving is a special “granddaughter,” Lindy Beck of Franklin; sisters, Betty Hall (Roy) of Easley, South Carolina, Brenda Cannon (Danny) of Clayton, Georgia and Kay Kennedy of Long Creek, South Carolina; brothers, Jerry Watts (Jennifer), Skip Watts (Robin), both of Clayton, Georgia,  and Freddie Watts (Ramona) of Mountain City, Georgia; special aunt, Thelma Watts; and special cousins, Travis and Von Watts. Numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 at Watauga Baptist Church. The Revs. Wesley Price and Danny Cannon officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26 at Macon Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Watuaga Baptist Church cemetery fund or to Gideons Bibles.

Condolences can be made at Macon Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.