Woodrow Wilson Harrell, 93, passed away peacefully on Nov. 2, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwall.
Woodrow was born to Robert and Lula-Moore Harrell on Jan. 16, 1918, and spent his childhood in Wolfe City where he graduated from Celeste High School in 1935. He went on to study agriculture, and graduated from East Texas State University. Mr. Harrell served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, serving within the Bougainville campaign on the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Theatre from 1942–1945. After his military service, Woodrow devoted a 45-year career to the United States Soil Conversation Service. Upon retirement, Woodrow was a dedicated citizen cooperative weather observer, serving the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Cooperative Observer program. In recognition of his 45 years of service and dedication, NOAA presented Woodrow with the Dick Hagemeyer Award in 2010. Throughout his life, Woodrow maintained a passion and love for God, family, friends and nature. Woodrow is survived by his loving wife of more than 71 years, Theda Roddy-Harrell; his daughter, Linda Parks and husband Wayne Parks of Waco; his son, Steve Harrell and wife Roberta Harrell of Denver, Colo.; and grandsons Gregory Parks, Grant Harrell, Austin Harrell and Harrison Parks.
Woodrow will be greatly missed and forever remembered by his family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at the First Baptist Church in Rockwall, Texas M.L. Jones Chapel (610 S. Goliad Street, Rockwall, Texas 75087), on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10:30 a.m. Jesse Crouch will officiate.
Flowers may be sent to the First Baptist Church in Rockwall.
His final resting place will be the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City.
R.W. Owens & Son Funeral Home of Wolfe City is in charge of arrangements.
Published on  November 3, 2011