Barbara A. Harwell(1933 - 2013)

Harwell, Barbara A. A Dallas Advertising Pioneer Ms. Barbara Harwell, a well known, respected and award winning Copywriter, Creative director and Advertising Agency Founder-Owner succumbed after a long illness this past Wednesday morning, April 24th. A long time resident of Dallas, Texas Ms. Harwell was the only child born to Irene and George Harwell in San Angelo, Texas on June 9th, 1933. A Journalism Major Ms. Harwell graduated from the University of Arkansas and began her career in Dallas at Volks Bros. department store in their advertising department. Tracy Locke Advertising came soon after which led, eventually, as careers sometimes do with exceptional talent, to her becoming Creative Director and CEO of Arnold, Harwell McClain Advertising and then Co-Founder Owner of Austin Harwell, also of Dallas. From a family well established in Texas, a maternal grandfather, William Morgan Holland, and grandmother Myrtle Irene Jones Holland ("Big Dad and Big Mother" to their grandchildren) were both born in 1885 to Texas families, Ms. Harwell leaves behind cousins Arthur Mayhew of Bucks County PA, Paul Holland of Bigfork MT, Ernest Holland of Lovington, NM and Susan Holland Daugherty of Albuquerque, NM and her aunt, Carol Holland also of Albuquerque, NM. At a period of time when advertising and its messaging was dominated by men writing for men, and women, Ms. Harwell introduced a relatively new concept, a women's point of view as interpreted and articulated by a women who could write, and write very well. A women's point of view, qualified, focused and lightly communicated with Ms. Harwell's hand for the benefit of her many clients' products was of course not a limitation but only an addition to her skills and there lay her success. That same hand in retirement then picked up an artist's paint brush and brought with it the same creative focus and learned ability, discipline and skill, as well as more recognition and awards, this time for her paintings. Ms. Harwell was a longstanding member of the Dallas Advertising League, belonged to a bridge club and a book club for many years and loved growing irises in her yard - the more exotic colors the better! She loved to paint floral still-life as well as portraits, landscapes and other still-life subjects. Ms. Harwell was a member of the Richardson Civic Art Society and a signature member of Associated Creative Artists. At a favored and distinctive landmark in Dallas, the bell tower of Park Cities Baptist Church on Northwest Highway/Preston Road, the inscription imprinted on the great clock mounted on that bell tower reads simply NIGHT COMETH, and so it has for Barbara Harwell. Her passing was peaceful and without struggle as will be her greeting after her journey. Those who knew, loved and worked with Barbara feel confident that she will be welcomed in sparkling daylight, and not night. A reception will be held for close friends and family, this Sunday, April 28th, at SPARKMAN-HILLCREST FUNERAL HOME between 3:00PM and 5:00PM, Dallas, Texas. A Graveside Service will be held Monday, April 29th, 2:00PM at HILLCREST MEMORIAL PARK, Dallas, and the Senior Pastor of Highland Park Presbyterian Church where Ms. Harwell was a member will officiate.


Funeral Home

Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park
7405 West Northwest Highway Dallas, TX 75225
(214) 363-5401

Published in Dallas Morning News on Apr. 27, 2013