A stretch of roadway southwest of Athens was the site of tragedy for a local family on Monday for the second time in three years.
James Huston Hurst, 61, was killed on his way to work on Monday morning when his motorcycle hit high water crossing Farm-to-Market Road 59 about two miles from the city limits. After a search of several hours, responders recovered Hurst's body about 600 yards from where he left the roadway.
Hurst was a sergeant for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Coffield Unit in Tennessee Colony. He was a vehicle and tank support mechanic in Vietnam and a long-time truck driver.
Services for Hurst were set for Friday at the Church of God on Robbins Road in Athens.
In August of 2012, Hurst's daughter-in-law, Stephanie Elaine Lambert, was killed in a car wreck on the same piece of the hilly road that stretches from Athens, through Shady Oaks, Cross Roads to Cayuga. The victim was married to Hurst's son, Steve Lambert.
DPS reports at the time said the wreck occurred late on a Sunday afternoon, when Stephanie Lambert's passenger car was driving just outside Athens city limits near the intersection with County Road 41511.
Lambert was southbound in a 2008 Hyundai Elantra when it went into the oncoming lane. She apparently overcorrected, lost control of the vehicle and overturned.
Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Tommy Barnett was summoned to both wrecks to pronounce the victims.
Lambert was a graduate of Eustace High School and later attended Trinity Valley Community College. She moved to Athens in 2004, and was an assistant manager at Blockbuster Video in Athens at the time of the wreck.
Hurst was one of the honorary pallbearers at her funeral.