Jane Ellen Harrell Brake

September 17, 2023


Past Services

Tuesday September 19, 2023
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Funeral Service
Wednesday September 20, 2023
11:00 am
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service of Ahoskie
205 NC Highway 42 W
Ahoskie, NC 27910
252-332-3122 | Directions
Wednesday September 20, 2023
11:45 am
Highland Memorial Gardens
US 13 South, 109 Ward Road
Ahoskie, NC 27910

AHOSKIE, NC – Jane Ellen Harrell Brake, age 78, passed away on Sunday, September 17, 2023 at her home.

Ellen was born on May 1, 1945 to Joseph Edward Harrell and Idell Farmer Harrell in Ahoskie, North Carolina. She was a longtime member of Earlys Baptist Church in Ahoskie. She worked at and co-owned Eddie Harrell’s Auto and Sports Store with her siblings for many years. Ellen enjoyed fishing on the Chowan River and was always up for dancing as long as her health permitted. Her family was most important to her. She was first and foremost a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt to her family, and a great friend to many.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph “Joe” Edward Harrell, Jr., and a sister, Joan Harrell Holland.

Left to cherish Ellen’s memory is her devoted husband of 40 years, Robert , her two daughters, Tina Copeland and wife Laura, and Gina Copeland Smith and husband Dennis; grandchildren, Jacy and Jevin Copeland, and  Kylie Smith; her mother-in-law, Doris Ann Brake; four siblings, Jewel Harrell Newsome and husband Charlie, Joy Harrell and husband Drap, Jerry Harrell and wife Belinda, and Jacqueline Gay Harrell Eason and husband Johnny; sister-in-law, Billie Harrell; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Ahoskie, NC and other times at the home.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel, Ahoskie, NC, with Rev. David Allen and Rev Joshua Prosser officiating. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made directly to Earlys Baptist Church, 310 S. Early Station Road, Ahoskie, North Carolina, 27910 or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service is handling the arrangements for the Brake family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting www.garrettsykesfs.com.


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Jim Madre
6 months ago

Robert, Tina, Gina, Ellen’s grand children, and the Eddie Harrell family. I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my friend, Jane Ellen tonight. She was one of the nicest people I have ever known in my life. She was always smiling and laughing whenever we talked. She loved her family, and her loving husband, Robert. They, and Eddie Harrell’s Auto and Sports were her life. She loved what she did. I never saw her down. She was a kind spirit. She was always thinking of others. Ellen was a good Christian lady. Today, she is in Heaven with her Mom and Dad, Joe, and Joan. I shall miss making my annual call to her on her birthday and singing Happy Birthday, Jane Ellen. Thank you, and your family, for being a wonderful friend to me for all these years. I’ll always cherish the loving memories of our times together. God Bless the Brake and Harrell families. You have my deepest condolences. I am so sorry for your loss. I love you all.

Amy Powell
6 months ago

Tina, Laura, Jevin and Jacy: Much live to your family during this time.
Amy, George and Trent

Rev.& Mrs. Michal Hardy
6 months ago

Our deepest sympathy to Jewel and family
God bless you all.

Kylie smith
6 months ago

She was Am amazing grandma I’m going to miss her with my heart she meant so much to me she was a sweet but short lady I will always love her

Corelette Harrell Smith
6 months ago

My condolences to the Harrell Family.

Wendy Overton-Ervin
6 months ago

Jerry, Belinda, Gay and Jewell, I’m so sorry that your sister, Ellen has passed. She was a hard worker at your family business. I always enjoyed seeing her when I visited home and stopped in. May it comfort you to know that she is your your mama and daddy again in Heaven.

Bunny Bracy Smith
6 months ago

Our dear, sweet and always smiling Ellen has received her wings and is flying high. If ever there was an Angel on earth it was our Ellen. She was always so delighted whenever either myself or my brothers were in town and stopped by the store for a visit. We could spend hours talking and remembering family times.
Robert, Tina and Gina and grandchildren, she loved you dearly. You guys were her whole world. Remember her for the loving wife, mother and grandmother that she cherished being.
Jewel, Jerry, Joy and Gay remember her as your big sister who loved you dearly as well and kept everyone on their toes.
We will all miss you dear Ellen, but knowing you are no longer suffering and have been reunited with family that has gone on before is a blessing. Rest in Peace and know we will always keep the memories close to our hearts.

Allen & Erlene Joyner
6 months ago

I have known Ellen for many years and every time I saw her she always wore that sweet smile! We will surely miss her smile when we go to Eddie Harrell’s! To all her family we send our prayers for comfort and know that Heaven has another sweet Angel!

Barbara & Paul Futrell
6 months ago

We are saddened to learn of the passing of
Ellen. She was always such a sweet lady. Looked forward to seeing her throughout the years when we shopped at the store. May God give each of comfort during the days ahead.

Melba & Mike Phillips
6 months ago

Ellen was honestly the sweetest friend in the world. Over the years she has been there for our family.
She was a beautiful lady inside and out. We love her and will miss her.
You are all in our heart and prayers.