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Keith Douglas HARRELL "DR. ATTITUDE" Keith Douglas Harrell graced this world on December 12, 1955 in Seattle, WA. Born to the union of Wendell and Florence Harrell, Keith was the younger of two siblings. On October 18, 2010 God graced heaven and called him home. Keith's middle name should have been excellence. Keith strived to excel in every endeavor and challenge that came his way. As a child he overcame stuttering to become one of the most sought after Motivational Speakers in the Nation. In high school he led the 1973-74 Garfield High School bulldogs, known as the "superdogs", to an undefeated season and later to become the State Champions. His leadership continued during his college basketball career at Seattle University. He graduated from Seattle University with a BA in Community Service. Keith began his professional career with IBM, where he excelled for 14 years. Keith would often state in his speeches that "he still bled blue". IBM was his launch pad to his profession speaking and writing career and with the assistance of his many mentors and coachs; Keith earned the highest award, CPAE, from the National Speakers Association. In May of this year Keith was diagnosed with cancer. Keith's love of the Lord and his faith in the word of God was never tested during his illness. Keith lived by his own words; he maintained a positive and proactive attitude throughout his battle. His strength and resolve were an inspiration to his entire family. Many of you knew Keith as "Dr. Attitude" or "Mr. Superfantastic", but to his family he was a son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and dear friend. His generosity to those he loved was evident in his everyday actions. He loved blessing others and we will truly miss him. Keith left to mourn his beloved mother, Florence Harrell, his father Wendell Harrell, his sister Toni Lawrence-Mathis and husband Michael, his only niece, Tania Elliott, Aunts, Uncles, his many cousins and dear family and childhood friends. A memorial service for Keith will be held this Wednesday, October 27, 2010 at The Christian Faith Center, 33645 20th Ave. S., Federal Way, WA at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, our family is asking that donations are made in his name to the or Loma Linda Medical Center, Proton Radiation Treatment Center.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 26, 2010
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