Jack Walston Harrell was born December 29, 1930, in Macclesfield, the son of the late Thad and Sudie Langley Harrell. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. After serving in the Navy, Jack was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served as a proud member of the 187th Airborne - A Battery 674 - as a paratrooper in the Korean War from 1950 – 1952. One of his very favorite things to do was to attend the annual Rakkasan reunions across the country and reminisce with his old Army buddies.
After working for Long Manufacturing in Tarboro and for Corbett Hardware in Macclesfield, Jack’s life was filled with public service: Town of Macclesfield Superintendent of Utilities and Police Officer; Edgecombe County Deputy Sheriff; and Chief Magistrate for Wilson, Nash and Edgecombe counties, from which he retired in 1996. He was a retired member of the Macclesfield Fire Department and Macclesfield Lions Club. He was a member of the First Christian Church, serving as a past deacon, CMF and choir member. He will be remembered by his Abrams Bar-B-Q family as the “Director In Charge” of many of their catering operations throughout the State.
Jack leaves behind his wife, Brinkley Crisp Harrell of Crisp, to whom he was married for almost 65 years, daughter Pat Harrell Raper and son in-law Ken; and son Jay W. Harrell and daughter-in-law Cindy Lamm Harrell. His most lasting legacy, though, is his grandchildren: granddaughter Britney Harrell Phillips and son-in-law Jordan; grandson T. Scott Harrell and wife Jordan; and granddaughter Kaysey E. Raper . His most special accomplishments are his great-grandchildren Gracyn C. Phillips and Jackson E. Harrell.
The family wishes to thank everyone who has held Jack in their thoughts and prayers over the time of his illness. Special thanks go to our Macclesfield Christian Church family; the staff at Vidant Family Medicine in Pinetops, especially Lisa Coltrane, who have helped looked after Jack throughout his sickness; Dr. Fred Williams’ and Dr. Greg Murphy’s offices who have made Jack’s quality of life fulfilling over the past 20 years; his Abrams family who kept him young after retirement and to Rev. Melissa Acres and her husband Jamie, whose visits and support have sustained him and the family over the past few months.
Visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00pm on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Macclesfield Christian Church followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 3:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Macclesfield Christian Church, P.O. Box 41, Macclesfield, NC 27852.
Arrangements are by Carlisle Funeral Home, Inc., of Tarboro. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.carlislefuneralhome.com.