Edward J. "Jerry" Harrell
1944 - 2016
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Edward J. "Jerry" Harrell
November 7, 1944 - September 5, 2016
Macon, GA-
Edward J. "Jerry" Harrell passed away on September 5, 2016. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church with the Reverend Joseph Shippen officiating. Burial will be private.
Born November 7, 1944 in Milledgeville and raised in Hawkinsville, Jerry received a B.A. from the University of Georgia (1966), a J.D. from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University (1969), and an L.L.M. in taxation from Emory University (1970). He was a member of the Macon Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the Florida Bar. His distinguished career as a partner with Martin Snow, LLP included leading the firm as a managing partner and as general counsel for the Georgia Community Bankers Association (beginning 1978). In addition, he moderated the Community Bankers Association of Georgia Regulation and Tax Liaison Committee's quarterly meetings and frequently addressed Georgia bankers. He was named a Super Lawyer in 2013 by Georgia's Super Lawyers magazine, an honor achieved each year by only 5 percent of Georgia attorneys.
Jerry served as the Director and Vice President of the Dorothy V. and N. Logan Lewis Foundation, Inc., on the Board of Trustees of Mercer University, as Chairman and a board member of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, as President of the Macon Bar Association, as Chairman and Vice President of a private investment partnership for business associates, and on the endowment committee of the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
Predeceased by his parents Eddie and Sara Harrell, Jerry is survived by his wife, Mary Hunter Harrell of Macon; children, Saralyn DeSmet (Bob), Ed Harrell (Angela), Mary Ellen Ridley, Caroline Harrell, and David Holt Harrell, all of Macon; grandchildren, Rob DeSmet, Annabel DeSmet, Grayson Harrell and Ellis Harrell, all of Macon; sister, Patsy Odom (Jim) of Macon; and many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank LaTonya Gibson for her kind and faithful service.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210.
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Hart's Mortuary at the Cupola has charge of arrangements.


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September 9, 2016
Jerry was an accomplished lawyer, state leader, wonderful person, and good friend.

He is missed by all who knew him.
Jim Martin
September 9, 2016
Just learned of Jerry's passing. He was our company's attorney for decades
. His advice was always spot on, and given with knowledge and respect for the spirit of the law. His gentle nature, wry sense of humor made all my visits with him a pleasure. My deepest condolences.
James Smith,M.D.
September 8, 2016
Sorry to hear about Jerry.We were good friends our entire time at UGA and, in fact,
were roommates our senior year. We stayed in
touch but, not enough the past few years.
Jerry was a great guy and wonderful friend.
Sorry for his loss.
Claude Sessions
September 8, 2016
Jerry was a senior when I pledged Sigma Chi at UGA. Although I didn't know him that well, I remember him as being kind and fair to all the pledges.

All honor to his name.
Colton Coile
September 8, 2016
Dear Ed
With deepest sympathy, I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this challenging and difficult time.
Cathy W Fountain
September 8, 2016
So sorry for your family's loss. Praying for you all. Blessings of sweet remembrances.
Dana Nunnemaker
September 8, 2016
Jerry and I were classmates in Hawkinsville so many years ago. His dad was my school principal, his mom my Sunday school teacher and fourth grade teacher. My thoughts and prayers go out to his lovely family.
Mary Goslin Tribble
September 7, 2016
Jerry Harrell was a kind and considerate man that was praised by many of his Delta Chapter of Sigma Chi (UGA)fraternity brothers. I first knew of Jerry during our high school days as he had relatives in my hometown of Statesboro, GA. As we entered into the freshman class at UGA, I was so surprised to regain the family contacts he had in Statesboro. Jerry had a way about helping people understand what the meaning of a man of character stood for as he shared his special friendships during our days as Sigma Chi brothers. I know his life meant much to many across his business and social activities. All honor to his name!
Kenan Kern
September 7, 2016
Hunter, I will keep you and the rest of the family in my prayers. Jerry was a very special friend throughout the years. His chili was always the best, no matter what the others would say. Much love you you as you find peace. Jerry is preparing for that next cooking challenge now.
Vicki Forehand Mills
September 7, 2016
Hunter, Caroline and David Holt, dear cousins, we are mourning with your and the other members of Jerry's family during thid difficult time. He was a very special addition to our family and we loved him very much. God bless you and keep you strong.
Tom, Rose, Robin and Caroline and Tommy Lawson
September 7, 2016
To: Caroline
Fr: Bernardo & Maria E. Molano (Santiago's parents)
We will be praying for your dad's soul and for you and your family, asking to God give all of you strength and peace in your hearts.
Bernardo Molano
September 7, 2016
Hunter, Caroline and David Holt, dear cousins we are mourning with you and Jerry's other family members. Jerry was very special to us and we all loved him very much. God bless all of you.
September 7, 2016
So sorry to here about your Dad. We are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Sandra Baskin
Wesleyan College
September 7, 2016
Hunter, I am so so sorry. I know your heart is broken. I will be praying.
Pennie Buckelew
September 7, 2016
I do not know the family, but worked with Mr. Harrell for a few years. He was a wonderful, caring boss. I know that he will be forever missed by his family and law partners. God bless his family during this time! Julia Selman
September 7, 2016
Jerry was special to me and nay cooking team the "BigSots championship cooking team we cook in the world completion in Texas and here in Macon for the state championship Jerry knew his way around a gill and was a special friend to my team!!!
Rocky Mills
September 6, 2016
Ed, Saralyn, Mary Ellen -
We are so very sorry for the loss of your Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Ron and Melissa Woodford
September 6, 2016
Thinking of the Harrell family during this difficult time. With sympathy,
Randy Fenley
September 6, 2016
Hunter, Caroline and David Holt, We are thinking of you as you mourn the loss of your husband and Dad. We will remember Jerry as a kind friend and true Southern Gentleman. Paul, Juleen, Kelly and Kate.
Thomas Family
September 6, 2016
So sorry for your loss. Praying for the family.
Suzette Bullington
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