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Date published: 2/16/2014

David R. Harrell

David R. Harrell, 77, of Bandera, Texas, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, in San Antonio surrounded by his family.

David was born in Austin, Texas, in 1936, but spent most of his youth in Smithville, Texas. He attended Victoria Junior College and Texas A&M University. David was in the U.S. Air Force for about nine years and was based in Izmir, Turkey, Forbes AFB in Topeka, Kan., and Kadena AFB in Okinawa. He served on the flight crew in airborne electronics, and his rank upon leaving military service was staff sergeant.

After his military service, David worked for Picker Nuclear Corp. His work took him to Plano, Texas; Atlanta, Ga.; and Birmingham, Ala. In 1975, he purchased a plumbing and electrical supply business founded by his uncle, Aubrey Harrell, and moved to Austin.

David and his wife, Virginia, worked hand in hand, ultimately opening Harrell's Supply and Service in four other locations in the Austin area. After retiring, they moved to the San Antonio area.

David was a Christian who generously served the many churches he attended in his lifetime. He gave them his time, his talents, his gifts and his services. He served as deacon and in many other leadership roles throughout the years. He was a member of Bandera Baptist Church at the time of his death.

David enjoyed flying his single engine airplane, which he kept at the airport in Smithville for several years. He loved hunting, camping and fishing, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his eight grandchildren.

He leaves behind his wife of almost 57 years, Virginia Harrell; children David Michael Harrell and his wife, Claydeen; Robyn and her husband, Ken Brand; and Kimberly and her husband, Billy Paul; nieces Lindsey Harrell and Laura Harrell Undem; a great-niece, Mia Patterson; a great-nephew, Zack Undem; and a grandson-in-law, Saif Mansour. He also leaves behind many cousins, including Margaret Ann Holt of Fredericksburg.

Burial was at Old Liberty Cemetery north of Centerville, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, support.woundedwarriorproject.org, or to a charity of one's choice.