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James Michael Hurst

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James Michael Hurst RoundMan aka James Michael Hurst, born August 12, 1942 in Abilene, Texas, died November 16, 2012 in Austin, Texas. Roundman was preceded in death by his parents Red and Grace Hurst of Lorenzo. RoundMan requested that his ashes be cast to the wind along US 380 between the roadside park at the bottom of the caprock dropoff and Roswell, NM. An area he learned to love while driving a daily truck route in 1981. Seeing the seasons come and go, watching the desert bloom after a shower and seeing magnificent thunderheads build are things that impressed this area upon his soul. Each shower brought a new life cycle to the desert plants so he was able to see the miracle of the seasons over and over throughout the year. RoundMan is still remembered in the small town he grew up in as the guy who sank his car in Shirley Lake while ice skating across it. And as the fellow who would chase thunderstorms just to see how far away they were. RoundMan, a professional student, will be remembered by those he went to college with as a subrat and a bridge player. Which is where he got his nickname. RoundMan is survived by his wife, Ellen, whom he married in 1979. The wedding was held in the Broadway Drug store in Lubbock, a place where they and many of their friends spent many happy hours. Regular Broadway Druggers including Preston Smith, Jack Davis, Burl Pig, and Joe Ely attended the wedding. Since neither of their previous marriages had lasted, they decided to have fun with their second wedding which proved to be a strong foundation for their long and happy marriage. Escaping from Lubbock by way of Oklahoma in 1987, RoundMan and Ellen moved to Austin and on the weekends enjoyed yard work and day trips to the Central Texas area they had come to love. Upon retiring, RoundMan picked up bridge again and was only a few gold points away from making Life Master. Left to celebrate his life are: his wife Ellen, his three sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Lynn and Nancy of Roswell, Karl and Mylonne of Lorenzo and, Eric and Misty of Lubbock, grandchildren Randi Kay, Rowdy, Dillion, Dusty, Ilese, and Issac; great grandchildren, Gabriel and Jordan; five brothers and sisters-in-law and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grand nephews; close friends Ricky and Susan Martin of Austin who touched his life; and cats Sadie and Boots, who in spite of his best efforts to do otherwise, he came to more than just tolerate. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, November 24 at 11:00 at MCC Austin at Freedom Oaks in Austin, Texas. Dress is Austin Casual (flip flops and shorts are ok). In lieu of flowers, RoundMan requests that you make donations to the AIDS Services of Austin, the Methodist Children's home or Cal Farley's Boys Ranch.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Nov. 22 to Nov. 24, 2012
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