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Greg Dismuke June 7, 2017 John Wallace May 10, 2017 ROY DARBY May 6, 2017 Michelle Johnson April 22, 2017 Harvey Hamil April 8, 2017 Bryan DeMoss March 12, 2017 Rick stayton March 10, 2017 Johnny Harrison January 4, 2017 LONNIE YORK January 1, 2017 Carl CHILDRESS November 25, 2016 Mike Hudgins November 9, 2016 MARTY TOOLE October 31, 2016 Brad Wiles October 22, 2016 Willie Flournoy October 2, 2016 barry ault September 21, 2016 Carl Davis September 3, 2016 Cindy Fellows August 20, 2016 James 'Jim' Reily Finger August 3, 2016 James "Red" Jones August 2, 2016 James "Red" Jones July 17, 2016 Pete Fogo July 10, 2016 Leon McWright June 26, 2016 Ed Spain June 17, 2016 Billy Hyde May 10, 2016 Richard W. "Bill" Spencer March 29, 2016 Earl Downey March 6, 2016 RAY MARTINEZ February 15, 2016 Jake Walker February 1, 2016 James "HENRY" KILE January 30, 2016 Eugene Smith January 21, 2016 Wesley Hendry January 6, 2016 Tim (Cheat) Lee December 12, 2015 Don Orren December 10, 2015 Rayford Harwell December 6, 2015 Mark Ideus October 25, 2015 Andy Hawkins October 7, 2015 Dixon Holman September 26, 2015 Jim Allen September 23, 2015 Tish Alexander September 10, 2015 Melvin McClay August 30, 2015 Ron 'TANK' BLALOCK August 21, 2015 Kerry Harris July 25, 2015 Butch Clark July 23, 2015 James "J" ROWLAND July 16, 2015 Roger Kinzie July 9, 2015 Hal Taylor June 26, 2015 Kurt Graff June 15, 2015 John Murphy May 23, 2015 Richard Skinner April 21, 2015 Bob Veitman April 15, 2015 Donavon Miller March 31, 2015 Mark H. Rorie March 17, 2015 Charles R. Capps March 6, 2015 Jerry Stephens February 17, 2015 John Talley February 13, 2015 Alvin Kinney February 12, 2015 Danny Roberts February 10, 2015 Bobby Larey January 5, 2015 Percy Penn December 18, 2014 Frank Dunn December 10, 2014 Walt Wilson October 30, 2014 Dino Jauregue October 30, 2014 Warren Hutcherson September 21, 2014 Stormy Walker September 6, 2014 Brian Candaleria August 30, 2014 Carl Kegler August 28, 2014 Leroy Smith August 26, 2014 Beau Hicks August 24, 2014 Rick Harralson August 15, 2014 Gregory Baines August 1, 2014 Ernest Cobbins July 1, 2014 Ted Kelley June 12, 2014 Fred Ratliff June 2, 2014 Henry Crenshaw April 14, 2014 Arnold Villarreal March 14, 2014 Ron Markel March 12, 2014 Larry Coates March 4, 2014 Jessie Lee February 28, 2014 Nelda Hicks February 5, 2014 Rick McGowan February 2, 2014 John Anthony Kauffman January 16, 2014 Scott Brown October 26, 2013 Bill McClure October 23, 2013 J. Pat O'Connell June 24, 2013 Powell Allen Scheumack March 20, 2013 Powell Scheumack March 20, 2013 Ronnie Roberts March 8, 2013 Karl Rivers January 31, 2013 Reggie Marthis January 18, 2013 Tony Hollier December 19, 2012 Art Blair November 16, 2012 Forrest Wayne Clicque October 19, 2012 Jake Reichenstein August 2, 2012 Sue Busse July 6, 2012 Gary Hetherington June 30, 2012 Ricky Scearce Jr. May 3, 2012 Duane "Doc" Ogle April 27, 2012 Charles "Red" Aiken April 6, 2012 Donnie Beck March 18, 2012 Jim Mallon February 25, 2012

Rayford Harwell

December 6, 2015

Obituary for Rayford Harwell


Rayford was a commerce Chapter and TASO Football member for more than 30 years.

Rayford Harwell, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, and Terrell icon passed away peacefully December 6, 2015 surrounded by his family. Rayford was born September 11, 1943 in Terrell to Jim and Lola (Stephens) Harwell, both of whom preceded him in death along with his brother, Dennis Harwell and wife, Libby; sister-in-law, Patsy Harwell, brothers-in-law, Lumpy Taylor, David Cox, Oscar Taylor, and Yonne Lyon; parents-in-law, Jim and Grace Cunningham Taylor; and nephew, Jason Taylor. 
Growing up in Terrell, Rayford was a person known for always helping anyone who needed it and he was a member of the "Magnificent Seven" in high school. After graduating from Terrell High School in 1962, Rayford (also known as Hereford) worked for Dale and Marie Witherspoon at the Exxon from 1964 to 1979 when he purchased the station and operated it with his family. In 1995, he moved the station to its Moore Ave. location where it is still located today in the heart of the town he loved so much. Even after formally retiring from the station in 2005 and then going on to work for the City of Terrell, Rayford kept tools in the street sweeper so he could always help others who may need a quick car or tire repair. In his lifetime, he played and refereed football for over 30 years as well as for baseball and softball for over 35 years and served on the Park Board for over 25 years. Rayford was recognized by the City of Terrell for his dedication to TARA and so many other civic organizations with ceremonies commemorating his tireless service during "Rayford Harwell Week". His appearances as Santa Claus for over three decades at both family and civic gatherings brought smiles to everyone's face. Watching Shirley bowl was a favorite activity of his and spending time with Cary at any activity. Rayford gave so much of his time to Terrell in every imaginable way. While he wasn't a man to brag or tell others of his accomplishments, he was nevertheless honored by several city and civic organizations for his dedication and his commitment to serve. He was selected as Citizen of the Year by the Rotary club and was the very first "Employee of the Month" selected, a program began by the Terrell Chamber to recognize city employees and their contributions and in 2006, Rayford was inducted to the Tiger Hall of Fame. He loved to rebuild old tractors and was a faithful member of the Terrell Tractor Club. He spent time enjoying eating at Dairy Queen and cleaning the car wash for Gail Williams and generally, just being available for anyone and everyone. His immeasurable knowledge of Terrell and the people, places and events that made Terrell what it is made conversations with Rayford a true learning experience every time. He was, and always will be, a Terrell treasure and he was truly a "one of a kind". The amount of goodness a person has to offer can never be measured but one only has to look at the scores of lives touched by Rayford to know that, actually, one person can make a difference to so many. Because of that difference, Rayford will never be forgotten and his legacy will always be remembered. 
Rayford is survived by his devoted wife, Shirley, of Terrell; son, Cary Harwell of Terrell; brothers: James Harwell of Terrell, Joe Harwell and wife Claudette, of Greenville, Gary Harwell and wife, Linda of Van; sister, Nadine Day and husband Jerrell of Terrell; brother, Jerry Clower and wife Barbara of Wills Point; brother-in-law, George Taylor and wife, Anne of Elmo; sisters-in-law, Beverly Taylor of Rowlett, Dorothy Crow of Kaufman, Leona Harwell of Garland, Betty Gutierrez and husband, Leonard of Mineola; Donna Harwood of Kaufman, Charlotte Corley of Longview; as well as several nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends who will never forget him and his smile with his trademark mustache. 
A celebration of life will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Terrell. In remembrance of the legacy and love Rayford had for Terrell, memorials may be made to:
Terrell Tiger Hall of Fame Scholarship Fund
PO Box 1070, Terrell, Texas, 75160 
ATTN: Mike Burt

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