Freddy Hurst, 61, of Houston passed away suddenly on October 29 while on a business trip to Guatemala. Freddy is survived by his wife Kim, daughters Annie Lea and her husband Josh Koehn of Houston, Texas, and Morgan Ray of Stillwater, Oklahoma, brother Connie Hurst of Haskell, Oklahoma, sister-in-law Sally Coble of Houston, Texas, sister-in-law Kathy Woodrell and partner Cindy Atwood of Alexandria, Virginia, step father-in-law Don Woodrell of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, niece Shena and husband Heath McDaniel of Coweta, Oklahoma and their daughters Addyson and Aubrey, nephews Nathan and Raymond Jack Hurst and Raymond's son Jackson of Haskell, Oklahoma, nephew Dylan Powell of Houston, Texas, niece Dana and husband Kenny Burgan of Houston, Texas and their sons Brandon and Trevor. Freddy was preceded in death by his parents Ray and Sybil Hurst, his in-laws Jack and Sally Harris, his nephew David James Coble and his sister-in-law Helen Strickland.
Freddy was, as he loved to say, the original "Okie from Muskogee," having been born in the Muskogee General Hospital on August 22, 1952. He was raised in Haskell, Oklahoma, and graduated from Oklahoma State University with his MBA in 1976 and Rutgers Graduate School of Banking in 1983. He married Kim Harris in 1986 and they began their life together in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He, Kim and Annie moved to Houston from Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1993 and were blessed by the birth of their true Texan Morgan in 1995. He loved Houston, often saying he wasn't born in Texas but got here as fast as he could. Freddy enjoyed a lifelong career in banking and at the time of his death served as Bank Office President, Allegiance Bank–Woodway. Those who knew him would say that his love of banking was only exceeded by his love for his family and friends. Freddy learned to fly as a teenager and that passion continued until his death: he asked to be laid to rest overlooking the runway at his hometown of Haskell, Oklahoma, where he took his first flight.
As a banker and passionate volunteer, Freddy was extremely active in the community but his proudest contribution was his role in the founding of the West Houston Leadership Institute. He served on the board of the West Houston Medical Center, the Gulf Coast Division Advisory Board of the Hospital Corporation of America and was active in the West Houston Chamber of Commerce. At the time of his death, he was in the process of restoring his beloved 1955 Chevy truck purchased in 1976 from Oklahoma State University for $50. Freddy loved a bargain, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, travel, food, wine and fishing. He was the consummate entertainer and was known around the kitchen as the "supervisor." His favorite saying was "I have to do it all."
Friendships were very important to Freddy and this was demonstrated by the countless friends he stayed in close touch with from all walks of life. His daughters were the love of his life and he was lucky enough to welcome a son-in-law into the family at Annie's wedding this past June. Freddy went through life emptying his bucket list and left no regrets other than his family's sorrow at his passing.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 4 at 3:00 p.m. at Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77024. A Graveside Service will be held Saturday, November 9th at 2:00 p.m at the Haskell Cemetery under the direction of Dowdy Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be directed to West Houston Leadership Institute, 10370 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas 77042 or the LPG Charity Fund, 3 Riverway, Suite 130, Houston, Texas 77056 or via www.lpgfund.com.