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B.J. (BILLY JOE) HURST B.J. (Billy Joe) Hurst was born in Oxford, Florida to Jesse & Tora Hurst on October 25, 1932. He passed from this life on May 30, 2016. Billy Joe never missed a day of school all the way from Kindergarten through 12th Grade and was a straight A student. He married Dorothy Ann Anderson on July 14, 1955. They had five children, Gary, Nathan, Cindy, Randy & Teresa. Bishop Hurst's early ministry was to help his local church in Florida in any capacity he could. In 1962 he became assistant pastor to Alice Anderson in Bloomington, California. April of 1965 he was elected pastor to Apostolic Tabernacle in Kennewick, Washington. He was ordained with the United Pentecostal Church International on November 12, 1965. Bishop Hurst and his wife Dorothy served Apostolic Tabernacle for 41½years as pastor. In the early years of ministry in Kennewick he worked for the City of Kennewick and retired from that job when the church became too large for him to do both. He is loved, respected and revered in that city by all who knew him. The Apostolic Church grew numerically and spiritually under his leadership. Bishop Hurst also has many sons and daughters in the gospel work all around the globe. Bishop Hurst served the United Pentecostal Church International in several capacities: Washington District North American Missions Director for several years. Washington District Presbyter: 1998-2003. Washington District Global Missions Director: 1983-1997. In 1987 he was asked to serve on the United Pentecostal Church Global Missions Board and served well. After retirement in 2006 he continued to serve as an honorary member until his passing. Bishop Hurst had a heart for missions bigger than his booming voice. He gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to put missionaries in their field of labor so lost souls could be reached with this glorious gospel. He along with his wife Dorothy are loved by many missionaries everywhere for their kindnesses to them. In October of 2006 Bishop Hurst and his wife Dorothy moved to Hollister, California to be with their son, Pastor Nathan J. Hurst and family. He was a tremendous blessing to them and The Pentecostal Church. Even in his retirement you could hear him praying behind the closed door of his office for lost souls. No matter where he was or his stage in life, souls was his heartbeat. He loved people! If there is one word to describe Bishop B. J. Hurst it is, FAITHFUL! He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Tora Hurst; his siblings, Lois Lambert, J.M.Hurst, Venita Beck and Barbara Smallwood; and one grandson, Austin Sarria. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Ann Hurst; his children, Gary K. Hurst (wife Patricia), Nathan J. Hurst (wife Ronda), Cynthia K. Hansen (husband David), Randall L Hurst, Teresa A Sarria (husband Scott). Grandchildren: Chanceleon Hurst, Chanessa Wright (husband Jim), Nathaniel Hurst, Danelle Silveira (husband Matthew), Drew Hansen (wife Nicole). Caleb Hansen (Shealynn), Shavon Poitras, Danika Hurst, Brandon Sarria, Victoria Sarria. Great Grandchildren: Cebastion Hurst, Caden Waters, Cahel Levine, Cazlin Lavine, CetraLevine, Colton Wright. Trinity Plunkett. Isaac Silveira. We will be having his funeral on June 7th at 12:00pm at The Apostolic Tabernacle at 201 S. Auburn St. in Kennewick, Wa. Graveside service immediately following at Desert Lawn Cemetery located at 1401 S. Union in Kennewick, Wa.
Published in Tri-City Herald on June 5, 2016