Harry Hobart Harrell, 84, of Amarillo, died Thursday, November 24, 2011.
Memorial services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at Polk St. United Methodist Church with Reverend Kevin Deckard, associate pastor officiating. Service and burial will be in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Harry Hobart Harrell was born in Montgomery Co., Mississippi on October 30, 1927. He was the son of Chester Claud and Jimmie Mae Long Harrell (Foshee) and grandson of Rube Dudley and Rena Dale Bennett Long and Benjamin Franklin and Isadora Estella Westover Harrell.
All of his education was achieved in Mississippi. He attended Jefferson Davis Elementary School in Greenwood, Vaiden Junior High, and Marks and Darlin High Schools before graduating from Batesville High School in Batesville, Mississippi. In 1956, he graduated from Delta State University with a B. S. in Business Administration.
He was drafted into the Army and deployed to Korea where he made the Inchon (S. Korea) and Wonson (N. Korea) Landings to go behind enemy lines; in the latter case attached to the 1st Marines.
As an employee of General Electric Credit, he was transferred to Amarillo, TX on April 10, 1957 where he spent the remainder of his life. After three years with General Electric Credit, he spent 16 years with Southwestern Investment Co. and 20 years as a Real Estate salesperson. He also owned and managed residential rental property for 41 years.
On June 30, 1959 he married Margaret Jane Zimpfer (deceased 19 March 1989). They had one daughter, Sarah Jane Harrell Williamson and husband Mark Williamson, and three grandchildren: Jennifer Maryann, Jessica M’Lynn, and John Mark. Jennifer married Nathan Craig Garner whom he considered another grandson.
Other living family members include close family friend, Ray Stone of Amarillo; three sisters, Ruby Fay Kennedy of Jackson, Mississippi, Mary C. Henderson of Water Valley, Mississippi, and Nancy Jane Aven of Courtland, Mississippi. He also has two living brothers, Chester T. Harrell (and wife Claudia) of Clarksdale, Mississippi and Freddie Lee Foshee of Courtland, Mississippi.
He enjoyed many years of doing genealogy (that he had dated back to 1003 A.D.) and working for Polk Street United Methodist Church, in addition to his memberships in Palo Duro Masonic Lodge (1959), York Rite Masonic Lodge (1974) and Khiva Masonic (Shrine) Lodge (1978).
He felt like he was a millionaire in friends. He didn’t know what a person would be like without friends. He considered himself a people person. He had said many, many times that while growing up so close to nature, so many people had sowed the petals of flowers along his pathway of life and many have taken root and grown. He felt that he needed to give back some of the rewards that he had reaped. That is the way we advance and grow. It is one of the most important ways of bringing our economy up. He felt strongly about investing in others education.
In lieu of flowers, any memorial donations should be made to Harry Hobart Harrell Endowment Scholarship Fund, Delta State University Alumni Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 3141, Cleveland, Mississippi 38733. The scholarship fund is set up to enable the most needy and intelligent student with a Christian faith to attend Delta State University. There will always be a student at DSU on a Harry Harrell scholarship.