Hoke County Register of Deeds Camille Hurst died Friday at the age of 65, after serving the community in the elected position for nearly 10 years.

Hurst had been Hoke’s Register of Deeds since 2013. She was chosen by the local Democratic Party to step in and serve out former Register of Deeds Onnie Dudley’s unexpired term after Dudley retired in December 2012.

After serving out the remainder of Dudley’s term, Hurst was elected to consecutive four-year terms in 2016 and 2020. Her current term was set to run through 2024.

The Board of Commissioners will work with the Democratic Party to appoint a person to serve out the remainder of Hurst’s term, Board of Elections Director Chassidy Chavis said.

Hurst had previously taken a leave of absence from the position due to medical reasons.

The Hoke County Board of Commissioners voted Monday to preemptively approve a resolution in Hurst’s honor. County officials were still working on writing the resolution, but sought to act quickly to mark her untimely passing.

Hurst’s loved ones will hold a visitation Saturday, June 25 from 1-6 p.m. at the Pauline T. Buie Chapel. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m. at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters. Committal will be at 4 p.m. at Leach Springs Cemetery on Arabia Road. Buie’s Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Hurst is survived by her husband of 31 years, Bruce C. Hurst; son, Jeremiah Hurst; sisters Nanzetta Bostick and Burnita Bussey, brother James C. Dockery Jr. and many nieces, nephews and friends.

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