September 23, 1929 ~ April 17, 2021

Born in: Jamaica
Resided in: Lawrenceville, GA

Bernice Hope Hurlock, 91, a resident of Lawrenceville, Georgia passed away peacefully at home with her children at her bedside on Saturday April 17, 2021. Bernice was born on September 23, 1929 to the late Roland and Mabel Dunn.

She was affectionately known as “Puncie” by many of her friends and family.

She spent her early years living in Epworth, St Ann, Jamaica surrounded by many family members. She worked in the hotel industry where she met and married her late Husband, Ronald Hurlock. From this union, they produced eight children. She migrated to the United States in 1978 with a selfless desire of improving lifelong opportunities for her children. While Bernice performed many roles in her life, her greatest joy was one of an extraordinary mother and grandmother. She was a source of strength and developed a special relationship with her grandchildren.

In her later years, Bernice enjoyed artwork through coloring, ceramics, knitting, socializing at the senior center, and cooking delicious meals for her family, especially her grandchildren. Most of all she enjoyed travelling to different states to visit her children and assist with childcare. She cherished those times, often ensuring that everyone around her was well fed with good Jamaican food.

Bernice overcame many adversities in her life. She was a powerful matriarch who has left a long legacy through her kindness, caring, love and devotion to all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was persistent when others would have given up, and she loved her family endlessly.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ronald, both parents, and eight siblings. She leaves to cherish her memory, daughters -Jackie, Lawrenceville, Georgia; Michelle (Carl) Yorktown, Virginia; Lucia (Duan) Maple Grove, Minnesota. Sons-Michael (Patricia) Grayson, Georgia; Raymond, Queens New York; William (Nancy) Statesboro, Georgia; Martell, Lawrenceville, Georgia and David (Jackie) Kennesaw, Georgia; Step-Son Courtney, Middletown, New York.

Brother-Roland, Kingston, Jamaica; sister-Merlene Southam (London, England), Grandchildren – Aundre, Janelle, Gary, Michael, Gabrielle, Sharianne, Omar, Shawn, Mikyle, Malia, Kamari, Carter, Melissa, Richard, Amanda, Adrianna, Andrew, and Haylee. Great grandchildren- Gregory, Abigail, Liam, and Nolen and many nieces, nephews as well as sisters in law Beverly, Norma, Christa, Cossett, Dorette, Jennifer and brother-in-law Charles.

Visitation will be held Sunday, April 25th, 2021 at 10 am with Chaplain Stanley officiating followed by services beginning at 11 am at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville GA 30046. (770) 277-4550. Interment will follow at Gwinnett Memorial Park, 925 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

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Visitation: April 25, 2021 10:00 am - April 25, 2021 11:00 am

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


Funeral Service: April 25, 2021 11:00 am - April 25, 2021 12:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. CandleImageMy dear friend/sister Michelle & entire family
    No word’s cannot express your hurt and
    pain right now, but I can assure you all that
    our God will see you all through. Jesus knows
    and Jesus cares. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. We will see our love one ‘s
    again. 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 V 13-18 KJV
    Find comfort in the word of God.
    Love In Christ Shirley Northern Virginia

  2. My condolences to Mrs Bernice Hope Hurlock’s family and friends. May you find comfort in the sweet memories of her during your time of bereavement….

  3. CandleImageMy sincere condolences to the Hurlock family. May you all be comforted in your time of sorrow.
    Marjorie Williams

  4. CandleImageMy deepest sympathy to you Tony, Pat and the entire Hurlock family during this time. I always admire your mother’s kind, caring and selfless nature. Her smile was contagious. May her memory lives on forever. Missed you already Bernice but I know you are in the arms of our risen King.

  5. May the God whom your Mom and Grandmother served comfort all your hearts through these moments. I will keep the family in my prayers.Love and blessings.

  6. CandleImageHi Michelle,
    There is no one in this world like a mother. My deepest condolences to you and the family during this time. I remember on several occasion visiting her in Brooklyn NY. We would sit around and talk and laugh. She was very pleasant and gracious to be around. She lived a long, happy beautiful life and she will be missed. Her memory will live on forever. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

  7. CandleImageTo my Sister-Friend Michelle and the entire family. I find it fitting that your Mom’s choosen name would include “Hope” that alone speaks volumes. I had the honor and privilege to meet her many years ago in New Jersey and speak with her while she was on one of her endless tours as Mom and Grandma in Jonesboro, Georgia. What stood out to me the most was her calm demeanor, her patience and joy in helping take care of her grandchildren.
    Passing the value of Family through modeling life’s work as a Mom just as she had done for you and your siblings many times before. I believe that many of her hopes for her children were realized and will continue with her grandchildren. A gift and legacy to be cherished by all forever.

  8. CandleImageThanks for the laughs and the chats.. thanks for always welcoming me.. you will be sorely missed..

  9. Brothers and Sisters
    I write to offer words of comfort as you go through this difficult time. Losing one’s mom to death is not easy to wrap your heads around. Be comforted however, by the numerous joyous, years of memorable moments you shared with your Mother. Remember the years of treasured experiences, her smile, togetherness, and the care she gave. Your combined precious experiences and the love you shared with her will bring you some degree of peace.
    May God comfort you in your time of grief. Love Courtney

  10. CandleImage“And when great souls die
    After a period Peace blooms
    Slowly and always irregularly”
    —-Maya Angelou

    God has called home his angel. May she sleep in eternal peace. What a wonderful life she lived. And To have her children around her is such a beautiful thing. What a legacy she has left behind. She will be dearly missed but her spirit will live on forever. Fly high mother Hurlock, fly high.

  11. CandleImageI am so grateful to have met Mrs. Hurlock as I respectfully called this wonderful lady of poise, grace, and dignity. This gracious mother had a strong accumulation of attributes: caring, Godly, charming, and beautiful inside, out.
    I’ve had the privilege of living with Mrs. Hurlock for a few months in New York City. She was the epitome of love and positive energy. There was never a dull moment around her. Mrs. Hurlock, to me, represented the Proverbs 31 woman – one who took pride when taking care of her home and living a Godly life for her children to emulate.
    To her children: Jackie, Claudia, Lulu, and the boys – your mom was a part of my positive journey. She will be greatly missed, and I will personally relish the moments we’ve shared. I will keep you all in my prayers; my family and I send our sincerest condolences.

  12. CandleImageTo my dear friend Michelle, I am truly sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that my prayers are with you and the Hurlock family during this most difficult time. May you all continue to strengthen and support each other.

  13. CandleImageTo my best friend Michelle, deepest condolences to the family. My apologies I can not be with you and the family in this painful moment. I will cherish the beautiful memories of all the time I spent with your mother and the family. She was a very close friend of my mother and hope they both will be reunited again in heaven.
    Keeping you all in my prayers and may her soul Rest In Peace.

  14. CandleImageTribute to my Mother in Law; Bernice Hope Hurlock

    Words alone cannot express the love, admiration, respect that I have for you. Mother Dear as I often called her was one of the finest most loving person that I have ever met. She reminded me so much of my mother; both small in stature but giants in their faith in God, love for families’, and always willing and ready to share whatever they had with others.
    I feel truly blessed to have had her as a Mother in Law; with her quiet demeanor and a smile that would brighten any day. The years that I had the opportunity to spend with her; watching and witnessing her love for my children; was nothing short of amazing.
    Today we’re here to say our farewell to one remarkable, God fearing, faith devoted woman, I’ll say to her grand and great grand kids. Your grandmother loved you all dearly; and if you want to emulate anyone look and follow her example.
    Mother dear; saying goodbye is not appropriate, for I hope by trying to live a life as your faith and devotion to God; I will see you again. So until such time; I will cherish in memory that beautiful smile and loving disposition you always displayed for all to see.

    God Bless you; I love you.
    Your Son in Law.

  15. CandleImageBecause you lived, this world is a much better place. Your love, compassion and kindness toward others will never be forgotten. Your positive impact will forever live on through the wonderful children you so lovingly raised, and through their children.
    May your soul Rest In Everlasting Peace!

    Lanford Peck

  16. CandleImageOur deepest condolences to the Hurlock family during this difficult time. I hope you all feel surrounded by much love. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories of your Mom. God bless.


    Derry & Rona

    • CandleImageMy Dear Friend Tony and Patricia I’m so sorry to hear about your mom she was a very nice and pleasant lady.I’m praying for your family.

  17. CandleImageTo the Hurlock Family,

    It’s always hard to lose a loved one so near and dear to your heart. But it makes it easier to know that they’ve gone to a place filled with peace and rest. May your load be lightened knowing that she is safe. In these times, I offer my deepest condolences and prayers to the family-may your hearts be at rest.

    Melody & Family

  18. CandleImageMy sincere condolences to you all. She left behind an enormous and wonderful legacy. May she Rest In Peace!

  19. CandleImageMrs Hurlock, Thank you for all that you have done. You took great care of your daughters, sons, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law and grandchildren. Thank you for my husband, your boy who grew up to be a loving, caring, man and great father. Your love for others was truly unconditional. You loved us all from the very start with your warm, kind, and loving heart. When I think of a strong mother your image comes to me. Thank you, thank you! You will be in my heart forever! Please watch over us from heaven until we meet again.

  20. CandleImageMy sincere condolences to you and family. Remember her smile and dedication to God. She has lived well. May Hod give the family peace. Looking forward to meeting her again in heaven.

  21. CandleImageMy sincere condolences to the family. You did well in looking after your mom. Looking forward to meeting her again in heaven. Remember her smiles and her dedication to God.

  22. CandleImageSo sorry to hear about Miss Bernice. My condolences to her family. I remember her heartfelt greetings and her pleasant smile. Her presence will be missed.

  23. God brought an incredible soul into the world, and today we celebrate the life of a true queen and mother. My sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to family, friends, and loved ones.

  24. CandleImageMichelle and family my prayers are with you as you honor your mother on today. May God continue to keep you.

  25. Robert Hurlock..
    It was a absolute great pleasure in knowing her a blessed person..with great kids and family .she have a magnificent soul which radiates around her.may her soul rest in peace….

  26. Grandma never sat me down and gave me advice on life. Yet I’ve learned the most by watching her live life. She traveled far and wide to be with her grandkids. Even though we live far apart, we all have precious memory of our loving grandma.

    Because of her passing, many tears are shed.

    But Grandma was a wise woman: everyday she drew closer to Jesus, the only one who overcame death.

    So the tears that are falling down my face are tears of victory because she endured and finished the race.

  27. To my dear cousins!!!
    Prayers with you all today!!!
    Ms. Bernice loved you all and knows she wss loved!!
    Love from Jamaica❣❣❣
    Paula Hurlock

  28. Sincere condolences to the entire Hurlock and Dunn families on the passing of your Matriarch. Great celebration of an exemplary life of a woman who cared for her family in every way, made sacrifices and led by example. May God continue to bless you all and may her soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine on her.
    From Keith, Karen. Kelli-Anne and Kristina Lane

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