February 21, 1933 ~ August 10, 2019

Born in: Fitzgerald, GA
Resided in: Candler, NC

Robert W. Harrell, 86, of Candler, NC, formerly of Jacksonville, FL, and Brevard, NC, died on August 10, 2019.

A native of Fitzgerald, GA, Robert was the son of the late Leon Lamar and Ruth H. Harrell. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Virginia Corry Harrell.

Mr. Harrell is survived by his daughters, Ann Zipperer (Craig), of Evington, VA, and Elizabeth O’Shea (Gary Harkins), of Asheville, NC; and two grandchildren, Benjamin and Kelly Zipperer, both of Evington.

Mr. Harrell proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as an officer. He then graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in chemical engineering. He retired from SCM Glidco Organic Chemicals Co. and from the U.S. Navy’s SWFLANT Missile Facility. He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Alpha Chi Sigma Chemical Fraternity, and NARFE.

He served as an active deacon at Hodges Blvd. Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL, and was a long-time trustee at Highlands Methodist Church, also in Jacksonville. He was most recently a member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church.

A memorial service for Mr. Harrell will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, at Groce Funeral Home, 1401 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28806.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Francis Asbury United Methodist Church Welcome Table, an outreach mission to the community, P.O. Box 67, Candler, NC 28715.


Memorial Service: August 17, 2019 1:00 pm

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Elizabeth I’m so sorry to hear about the lose of your father. My heart goes out to you and your family during this very difficult time. I will keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers. God bless & keep you.

  2. Elizabeth, May the peace of God rest with you and your family during your bereavement. Please know that you all are in my prayers.

  3. Elizabeth, I am praying for you and your family at your time of loss. I pray that all sadness turns to lovely memories with many smiles of wonderful times spent together.

  4. Bob Harrell Family: You All are in my Love,Thoughts and Prayers..Bob is with Our Lord, and also, with his Love, Virginia..They are together again, with no more pain, and heartache, just LOVE, and a Beautiful New Home, in Heaven. Take care and May Our Dear Lord, be with you all, and give you Peace,Rest, and Healing..God Bless, Melanie Shoup

  5. Elizabeth- May the blessings of well lived lives carry on in the times to come, and loving memories ease your loss.

  6. Sweet Elizabeth…
    I am so sorry you have had such a tough year. I love you so and have been praying for you.
    We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Please know how much we care and let us know when you need anything.

  7. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May beautiful memories bring you strength at this difficult time. Peace and God Bless.

  8. Elizabeth,
    So sorry for your loss. I know you must have been so very proud of your Daddy’s accomplishments. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family as you grieve.

  9. Elizabeth,
    I am deeply and sincerely sorry for the loss of your dad, I pray that you and your family find the strength and peace in the wonderful memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. Elizabeth, you have been in my thoughts and heavy on my heart over the past year and continue to be. I am so very sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. May peace and love surround you and your family during this time and always.

  11. It was a privilege and honor to care for both Virginia and Bob. They will always hold a very special place in my heart. May the God of peace cover you His comfort during this time of loss and in the days that come.

  12. Elizabeth, sorry to hear the passing of your sweet Dad. Her was one of the kindest men I have met. May the God of all comfort strengthen you with dear memories. Sharon Meeks

  13. Elizabeth and Gary,
    You both have worked tirelessly to see that Bob was well taken care of. Bless you both. He was lucky to have a such a caring daughter and son-in-law.


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