Former State Senator Dies in Hot Springs

DECEMBER 5, 2006 - Posted at 3:44 p.m. CST

HOT SPRINGS, AR - Q. Byrum Hurst, a longtime attorney and former state senator, died Monday in Hot Springs.  He was 88.

Hurst, who had suffered respiratory and heart problems, died in his sleep.

His son, Q. Byrum Hurst, Jr. of Hot Springs, said his father loved both politics and the law.

Born in 1918, Hurst joined the Army in 1943 and served stateside until 1945.

After the war, Hurst served as Garland County Judge, then won a state Senate seat, which he held for 22 years.

In 1972, Hurst ran unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for governor, losing to Dale Bumpers.

Hurst is survived by his son, two daughters and 17 grandchildren.

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