Bessie Marie Horton Harrell

January 1, 1933 - April 13, 2020

01/01/1933 - 04/13/2020

Past Services

Thursday April 16, 2020
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel
314 Main Street West
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
252-396-0202 | Directions
Friday April 17, 2020
11:00 am
Cool Spring Baptist Church Cemetery
1460 NC-137
Eure, NC 27935

Bessie Marie Horton Harrell, age 87, of Murfreesboro passed away on Monday, April 13, 2020 at the Gates House Assisted Living of Gatesville.

She was born in Hertford County on January 1, 1933 to Arthur and Margaret  Horton.  Bessie was married to George Thomas Harrell in November of 1952 and to this marriage was born three children.  She was a member of Meherrin Baptist Church in Murfreesboro and worked as a shipping clerk in the textile industry for twenty years.  She loved her dog, Penny, and enjoyed, baking, cooking, sewing, making crafts and watching soap operas.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Robert Horton; her mother, Margaret Horton; her husband, George Thomas Harrell; her son, Stewart A. Harrell; her sisters, Lillie Gray Wells and Jane Daniels; and her grandson, Alex Harrell.

Bessie is survived by her two sons, Dale A. Harrell and his wife Sissy of Murfreesboro and Thomas A. Harrell and his wife Pat of Margarettsville; her sister, Linda Bristow of Ahoskie; her brother, Arthur Lee Horton and his wife Sandy of Rich Square; four grandsons, Brad Harrell of Murfreesboro, Lee Smith of Raleigh, Jordan Harrell of Greenville, and Austin Harrell of Rocky Mount; two granddaughters, Kim Ray and her husband Randy of Milwaukee and Melissa White and her husband Nate of Rich Square; one great-granddaughter, Brittany Ray of Milwaukee; and one great-grandson, Ryan Ray of Milwaukee.

Friends and family are invited to visit Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro between the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2020 to pay respects to Mrs. Harrell.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cool Spring Baptist Church Cemetery in Eure.

Memorial contributions may be made directly to Meherrin Baptist Church, 519 Meherrin Lane, Murfreesboro, NC 27855 or online by clicking here.

Garrett-Sykes Memorial Chapel in Murfreesboro is handling the arrangements for the Harrell family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Elizabeth Smith Harrell
3 years ago

Dale and Thomas,
So sorry to hear of Ms. Harrell’s passing. Sending condolences and prayers to each of you and your families.

Seal Family
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss.

Sarah Conner Turner
3 years ago

So very sorry to hear of your loss. She was one sweet lady. And will greatly be missed.

Jennifer Mitchell
3 years ago

Thomas, so sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in prayer my friend

T.R Brown
3 years ago

Thomas, Dale I am very sorry for the loss of your wonderful mother and I want to let you know your family are in my prayers.

Cynthia Vann Springer
3 years ago

So sorry to hear of Aunt Bessie’s death. May God bring comfort and to you all.

Gloria Vinson Lassiter
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss. Sweet lady.

Brenda B Lassiter
3 years ago

So sorrow Linda, that you have lost two of your sisters so close together. Prayers go out to you and the family.

Betty Jean Davis Lewter
3 years ago

So sorry for your loss knew her and also worked with her for a number of years.