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Stan Harrell(1925 - 2013)

Stan Harrell, a loving and caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Memorial service: 3 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary of University Christian Church. Interment: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Mr. Harrell will lie in state from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home. Memorials: Gifts in his memory may be made to ACH (formerly All Church Home for Children), 1424 Summit Ave., Fort Worth, Texas 76104. Stan Harrell was born Feb. 12, 1925, in Dallas, son of the late Charles Olin and Nita Stanford Harrell. He graduated from Tyler High School in 1942 and volunteered for the armed forces, serving with the U.S. Air Corps and U.S. Army ground forces in the Southwest Pacific and Philippines in 1944-1945. After his discharge at William Beaumont General Hospital, Stan attended SMU School of Business and SMU Law School, where he received his law degree in 1949. He married Jean Wallace of Dallas on Sept. 9, 1949. Stan and Jean moved to Camden, Ark., where he became district attorney for Ouchita County and prosecuted criminal cases. Later they moved to Fort Worth where he served as a Tarrant County assistant district attorney and handled felony cases. He prosecuted a murder case that had the most bizarre ending in the county's history. Stan convicted Hugh Brown of killing his wife, by slipping poison into her coffee and jurors imposed a life sentence. After Criminal District Judge Dave McGee read the verdict, Brown committed suicide in the courtroom by taking the same poison he had used to murder his wife. After Stan left the district attorney's office, he entered the practice of civil law, specializing in litigation, real estate, oil and gas law with McDonald Sanders and with Pope, Hardwicke, Christie, Harrell, Schell, and Kelly. He was elected to the Fort Worth School Board in 1971, where he served for 10 years, four as vice president. Stan was a devoted father and delighted in spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. After retiring from the practice of law in 1998, his other true passion was Texas Youth Development Corporation, a non-profit charity that he helped organize in 1974 and ran until his death. The organization owns a ranch near Stephenville which is operated by ACH, serving as a home for foster children. Through Texas Youth, he and Jean donated thousands of dollars to youth organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, YMCA, YWCA, as well as Cook Children's Hospital and ACH. Last year he was specially honored by ACH at its new Masonic Home campus for the contributions that he made to the organization. Stan was past president of the Southwest Branch of YMCA and chairman of the board of Cook Children's Hospital. He volunteered for the Society for the Prevention of Blindness. He was an active member of University Christian Church where he taught Sunday school. He was also a member of the Petroleum Club and Colonial Country Club. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Wallace Harrell, and his grandson, Robert Matias Hornberger. Survivors: He is survived by his son, Robert Stanford Harrell and his wife, Eve; daughters, Janet Elizabeth Hornberger and her husband, Charles, and Mary Ann Harrell; grandchildren, Rob Harrell, Caroline Harrell, Elizabeth Fry, her husband, Casey, and their son, Conrad, Charles Hornberger and his wife, Caroline, and Sarah Hornberger.

Funeral Home

Thompson's Harveson & Cole
702 Eighth Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76106
817-336-0345

Published in Star-Telegram on Oct. 13, 2013
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