Grace Corbett Harrell, 86, of Chester, widow of Gene Franklin Harrell Sr., passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Born April 18, 1927, in Johnston County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Wayne Corbett and Pearl Bailey Corbett Clark. She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Kenneth Clark; brothers, Joseph Wilton Corbett, John Corbett and Talmadge Corbett; sisters, Marie Alverson, Mozelle Wells and Mavis Pierce; and a sister-in-law Iva Mae Corbett. Mrs. Harrell retired after 29 years of employment with Philip Morris Inc. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where she was an active participant in Women on Mission, and was a volunteer at Rohoic Elementary School for 17 years.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandra H. Reese and husband, Emmett; son, Gene Franklin Harrell Jr.; grandchildren, Christopher Harrell and wife, Sara, Tracey H. Whitehead, Jessica Reese and Erica Reese; great-grandchildren, Lucy and Miles Harrell, Ciera Crotts, Wyatt Whitehead and Payton Reese; several special nieces and nephews, including Connie Myers and husband, Dennis, Cathie Abernathy and husband, Walton; special aunt, Estelle Ciolkosz; special friends, Joan Maitland, Elsa Boykin, Amanda Wells, Judy Richardson, Millie Por, Maxine Dunning and Peggy Hayes.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Petersburg Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, at Immanuel Baptist Church with the Rev. Fred Adkins officiating. Interment will follow at Blandford Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Immanuel Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 620 Lafayette Ave., Colonial Heights, VA 23834. Condolences may be registered at

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J T Morriss & Son Funeral Home & Crematory Service
103 S Adams St Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 733-8511

Published in The Progress-Index on Mar. 12, 2014