Fallen Hero: SSG Matthew Ryan Hurst


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Heritage Funeral Home

9721 Highway 63 Moss Point, MS 39562
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Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Moss Point, MS


Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 1 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Moss Point, MS



Matthew Ryan Hurst, 35, of Saucier, MS passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 14, 2023. He was born July 27, 1988 in Elmira, NY. He served in the United States Army since November 2014. He enjoyed singing worship music and playing guitar, fishing, drag racing, and playing ball with his kids. Matthew made an impact on many lives and he was forever proud of his wife and children. He cherished every moment spent with them. He truly loved each of them and they all knew it. He will be forever missed.

Matthew is survived by his wife, Krista Hurst; children, David, Ryan, Judah, Matthew, Zoey, and soon-to-arrive, Baby Titus; along with other relatives, friends, and his band of brothers and sisters he served with in the Army.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2023 from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Home in Moss Point, MS. Funeral service will begin in the funeral home chapel at 1 p.m. with Brother Jerry Johnson officiating. Interment including military honors will immediately follow at Magnolia Cemetery in Lucedale, MS.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Matthew’s wife and children via the Go Fund Me account which has been set up by his family.


It is with a heavy heart we announce SSG Matthew Ryan Hurst passed today.

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our state, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation.

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on October 14, 2023, and has moved on to his heavenly home. SSG Matthew Ryan Hurst, age 35, serving with the 154th Regiment Regional Training Institute at Camp Shelby, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life. We now applaud you for your service to our country.

Rest in Peace Soldier. We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service. We thank you for your service. Without your efforts and your families’ support, our country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done. Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, visitation, and service details are pending at this time. This post will be updated when arrangements are completed. Please keep his family, friends and fellow Service members in your prayers.