John Lee Hurst, Jr. was born on September 11, 1954. He passed away on May 16, 2022, at the age of 67 in Indianapolis, IN. John was known as “Mr. Community.” He gave his phenomenal talent while serving as the Senior Art Director and lead photographer for the Indianapolis Recorder for over 25 years between 1986 and 2019. He was also a deacon at his church, It Is Well Ministries. John was considered by many to be a Black history griot and was called a great treasure. John was the son of the late John Lee Hurst, Sr. (August 13, 1929 – June 25, 2007) and Lula Irene Kyle Hurst (October 24, 1932 – October 11, 2009). He leaves his immense legacy to his wife Jacqueline J. Hurst and daughters Charity Elizabeth Hurst Lewis, Jocelyn Marie Hurst, and Jessica Lea Hurst; his son-in-law, Robert Lewis, Jr.; and his grandchildren Robert Lewis, III, Ruby Lewis, Joseph Lewis, and Alivia Hurst. He also leaves his deep love for his sisters Beverley K. Barney (Reginald) and Rebecca Clarke (Henderson). He will also be remembered by a host of other family members including his aunt and uncle, nephews, great niece, great nephews, and many cousins and the entire Indianapolis community..
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