HARRELL, David R.|
David Robinson Harrell passed away January 25, 2014 in San Antonio Texas surrounded by his family.
David was born in Austin Texas on Sept 19, 1936 to Herman Clancy Harrell and Rue (Robinson) Harrell. As a child he lived in Austin and Taylor, but spent most of his youth in Smithville, Texas. He graduated from Smithville High School in 1954 and always considered Smithville to be "home".
After attending Victoria Jr. College and Texas A&M University, David joined the US Air Force. It was while he was in basic training at Sheppard AF Base in Wichita Falls, Texas that he met his wife of 56 years, Virginia Durant, who was working at the Base Dentist office. They married on Sept 7, 1957.
David was in the Air Force for approximately 9 years and was based in Izmir Turkey, Forbes AFB in Topeka, KA and Kadena AFB in Okinawa. He served on the flight crew in Airborne Electronics and his rank upon leaving military service was Staff Sargent. While stationed in Turkey, David and Virginia had the first two of their three children, David Michael and Brynda Robyn .
After his military service David worked for Picker Nuclear Corp. His first assignment brought him and his family back to Texas. They were settled in Plano when his third child Kimberly Janell was born. His career with Picker took him to several locations in Texas as well as Atlanta, GA and Birmingham, AL. In 1975, David and his family moved to Austin Texas after he purchased a plumbing and electrical supply business which had been founded by his uncle, Aubrey Harrell. David and Virginia worked hand in hand ultimately opening in four other locations in the Austin area. Harrell's Supply and Service is still a thriving business with their son Michael now at the helm.
After retiring, David and Virginia moved to the San Antonio area to be near their daughter Kim and her family. At the time of his death, he and Virginia were residing in Bandera, Texas.
David was a Christian man who generously served the many churches he attended in his lifetime. He gave not only his financial resources but his time and expertise without hesitation, serving as Deacon as well as many other leadership roles throughout the years. He was a member of Bandera Baptist Church at the time of his death.
David enjoyed flying his single engine airplane which he kept at the airport in Smithville for several years. He loved hunting, camping and fishing, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with the eight grandchildren that he leaves behind. Lauren Brand Mansour, Los Angeles, CA, Andrea Harrell, Carrolton TX, Nick Brand, Austin TX, Heather Brand, Boston MA, Ben Harrell, Kaitlyn Paul, Will Paul, and Tyler Paul all of San Antonio TX.
He also leaves behind his wife of almost 57 years, Virginia (Durant) Harrell; children David Michael Harrell and his wife, Claydeen Harrell, Robyn (Harrell) Brand and her husband Ken Brand and Kimberly Janell (Harrell) Paul and her husband Billy Paul,; nieces Lindsey Harrell and Laura Harrell Undem; a great niece Mia Patterson; a great nephew Zack Undem and a grand son-in-law Saif Mansour. David was preceded in death by his father, Herman Clancy Harrell; his mother Rue (Robinson) Harrell; his brother Frances Lyn Harrell and his sister Betty Jo Harrell.
A funeral service will be held at Walters Funeral Home, 610 S Commerce St, Centerville, Texas on Saturday, Feb 1 at 1pm with burial to follow at Old Liberty Cemetery just north of Centerville. Brother John Abraham of Rosanky Baptist Church will officiate. Visitation with the family will begin at 11:30am that morning at Walters Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2014