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September 11 Memorial: Remembering the victims who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania

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Peggie M. Hurt

Age: 36

Hometown: Crewe, Va., USA

Occupation: Accountant, U.S. Army

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"Peggie was a spiritual person. Every first and third Sunday, she returned to her hometown church in Kenbridge, Virginia. It's about a three- to four-hour drive from Northern Virginia. She sang in the choir, and with the Hurt family singers which consisted of aunts and cousins. She loved that song a lot. She was the lead vocalist on this song, and it was sung at her funeral service." --Delores Hardy, cousin


Peggie Hurt had been on the job at the Pentagon only two weeks. Her position in the Army's accounting section, which followed a stint with the National Guard, was a promotion the Virginia State University honors graduate had eagerly sought. "She was excited to move on," said Delores Hardy, her cousin.

The 36-year-old Hurt, a native of Kenbridge, Va., lived in Springfield. She moved to Washington a few years ago from Richmond, where she had also held a government accounting position, but she often returned to her many friends and family in that part of the state. "She was definitely a people person," Hardy said. She was also blessed musically and, with cousins and other relatives, a member of the Hurt Family gospel singing group. Her favorite song was "The Battle Is Not Yours, It's the Lord's," and with her voice, she could always lead.

On Monday night, she and longtime family friend Phyllis Adams took Hurt's godmother to dinner for her 86th birthday. They had a grand time and stayed out too late for a work night, so Adams asked Hurt to give her a wake-up call Tuesday. She phoned about 6:45 a.m. The two women talked briefly and then hung up to get ready for work.

-- Susan Levine

Source: The Washington Post, AP and

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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