Geral Don Hurley
(March 6, 1938 - December 25, 2010)
December 27, 2010
Geral Don Hurley, 72
of Tilly, passed away December 25, 2010, at Baptist Medical Center in
At age 24, he accepted Christ as his Savior and joined the Tilly Missionary
Baptist Church (TMBC). He loved to sing and had the most beautiful of
bass voices. He loved gardening, hunting, fishing, baseball, basketball,
and watching Karson, Parker, & Paige Lee play ball.
After high school, he signed with the Saint Louis Cardinals to play baseball
in the minor leagues. During his second season, a knee injury prevented
him from continuing to play.
Mr. Hurley served in the Arkansas National Guard and was certified for
High Marksman for his unit. He worked at Bridgestone/Firestone for 33
years and after retirement in 1998, worked at Fountain’s Grocery
in Tilly where he was co-owner.
is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marilyn, they would have been married
54 years on December 29th; one brother, Burl Hurley and his wife Ruby;
two sisters, Loraine Reed and Margie Brannon and her husband Dwight; sister-in-law
Charlene Fountain; special nieces and caregivers Hayley Tester and her
husband William; Ashley Lee and her husband Brent; many other nieces,
nephews, cousins and friends.
Very special to Geral was William Tester who gardened with him, loved
and encouraged him and was an excellent caregiver; Leah Adney and Hayden
Tester, who loved him dearly, sharing their daily lives with him and called
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Joe and Nola Hurley; an infant
brother; his father and mother-in-law Alfred and Avis Fountain; two brothers-in-law
LC Reed and Charles Fountain.
are given to; the nurses and staff on 10A Oncology of Baptist Health Medical
Center at Little Rock, among those; Allison, Karen, Holli, Lynda, Christina,
Henry, and Jessica. They along with others provided excellent care and
compassion during his time at the hospital. Thank you Dr. Rhonda Gentry,
Hematology/Oncology, and your nurses Jan and Cathy, for the loving care
you gave Geral. Thank you Dr. Mark Dyer, Amanda, and staff along with
Dr. Bryan Imamura and the staff of CARTI in Conway.
is Wednesday, December 29th, from 5 to 8 pm at the TMBC. Funeral services
are Thursday, December 30th, 10 am at the TMBC. Services are provided
by Humphrey Funeral Service.
Burial will follow at the Union Hill cemetery at Tilly.
Speakers at the service are Bro. Nathan Ferguson, pastor of TMBC, and
James Fountain. Pallbearers are: William Tester, James Fountain, Milburn
Small, Eulan Godfrey, Gerald Ray Fountain, Russell Fountain, and Johnny
Honorary pallbearers: Ray Fountain, Todd Fountain, Greg Housley, Wayne
Reed, Randy Eakin, Brent Lee, Travis Brown, Hollis McEntire, and DL Warren.