Mary Russell Harrell

Published 5:02 pm Monday, May 31, 2021

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Mary Russell Harrell, 81, of 1607 Crow Trail, died Saturday, May 29, 2021, in her home where she was being cared for by her family. 

Mrs. Harrell was born in Suffolk, on Oct. 2, 1939, and was the daughter of the late Charles Fletcher Russell Jr. and Elizabeth Fanney Russell. 

In earlier years while living in Suffolk, she worked with the city’s Housing Authority, and after moving to the Arrowhead community of Chowan County, became employed with the Edenton Housing Authority where she worked for more than 20 years, retiring as its Executive Director. She was a member of Rocky Hock Baptist Church.

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Surviving is her husband of nearly 64 years, Kermit C. Harrell, and their sons, Charles Roland Harrell (wife, Chrissa) of Edenton, and Mark DeWitt Harrell (wife, Vickie) of Enid, Okla.; a brother, Charles Fletcher Russell III (wife, Denise) of Suffolk; four grandsons, Joshua Harrell (wife, Rachel) of Biloxi, Miss., Christopher Harrell (wife, Keiley) of Ogden, Utah, Matthew Harrell of Seattle, Wash., and Fletcher Harrell of Richmond; and five great-grandchildren, Caleb, Makayla, Madison, Gemma and Connor Harrell.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, in the chapel of Miller Funeral Home & Crematory, 735 Virginia Road, Edenton, N.C., and will be conducted by Pastor Rusty Womack. Friends are invited to visit with the family in the funeral home immediately following the service or all other times at the residence.

The family asks that flowers be omitted, and contributions in her memory are made to either: Community Home Care & Hospice, 200 Green St., #203, Williamston, NC 27892; Rocky Hock Baptist Church, 113 Rocky Hock Church Road, or Rocky Hock Ruritan Club, in care of Phil Thomason, 413 Evans-Bass Road, both in Edenton, NC 27932; or to the Myelodysplastic Syndrome Foundation (MDS), 4573 South Broad St., Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620, (online at

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