Carolyn Faye Harrell



Carolyn Faye Jones Harrell, 92, went home to be with our Lord on Saturday morning, January 5, 2019. Born August 8, 1926, she was the only daughter of the late Ennis and Georgia Taylor Jones of the Smith Chapel community, where she grew up with her four younger brothers.

She attended elementary school at Smith Chapel and graduated from Mount Olive High School in 1943. With the ending of World War II, she went to work with the Veteran’s Administration where at age 20, she became one of the youngest supervisors in the VA offices of Winston Salem. After her marriage to her late husband, Gordon E. Harrell, Sr, she continued her work with military bases at Camp LeJeune and then Johnson Field AFB (Seymour Johnson) where she was one of the first key punch operators for the new computerized aircraft inventory system.

With time, motherhood became her primary occupation. She and her husband lived the majority of their life on US 13 South where she raised her children and supported her husband in his insulation business.

Enduring trial and tragedy, her faith never faltered. She was an obedient servant and member of Brogden United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday school teacher, lay speaker, taught Bible School, led visitation, served in various capacities with the Church council as well as United Methodist Women and held a number of district offices. She began the first Church newsletter and was instrumental in establishing the senior citizen group, the XYP’s. At spring barbecue time, she knocked on many doors selling tickets. At fall auctions, her Italian cream cakes brought top dollar. She truly loved her church. She also loved visiting shut-ins and those at the hospital and nursing homes. On a mission trip in Jamaica she delighted in telling Bible stories to children. She was a long-time member of TOPS #615 Dudley. Even late in her life, three things not missed were attending church, TOPS meetings and her hair appointment.

Travel was her passion. From the backs of camels in Cairo, Egypt and the elephants in Thailand, to riding down a river in the jungles of Costa Rica in celebration of her 69th birthday, she filled her life with adventure. She cruised the canals of Amsterdam, dined in castles in England and kissed the Blarney Stone. She celebrated her 86th birthday on a cruise to Alaska. Even with declining health, she dreamed of going on a zip line or riding a hot air balloon.

At the age of 92, she continued to inspire and befriend all those she met and greatly enjoyed a good game of Scrabble. She was known to many as simply “Miss Faye” and to others as Mama, Ma, Grandma, Great Granny, and Granny Faye. Being a devoted mother of 5 children, she always put family first. She delighted in her large family of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

She is survived by her children, Cynthia H. Aldridge of Kinston, Debra H. Owens, (Dave) of Greensboro, Randall Harrell, (Donna) of Kinston and Melanie H. Hopkins, (Curt) of Goldsboro; a daughter-in-law, Becky Harrell, Mt Olive; brothers, Clarence Jones of Goldsboro, Oscar Jones, (Lamai) of Cary and James Jones, (Kathy) of Goldsboro; Thirteen grandchildren, Trey Creech, Rebecca McFee, Tony Harrell, Jay Harrell, Marc Whitman, Crystal Kornegay, Jake Aldridge,
Jennifer Barnes, Jeremy Owens, Kevin Harrell, Trent Harrell, Derek Hopkins and Chase Hopkins, 24 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a son, Gordon E. (Don) Harrell, Jr. a daughter, Patricia Harrell, and a brother, Harold Jones.

A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, January 8 at 1:00 pm at Brogden United Methodist Church with Pastor David Moehring officiating. A visitation/reception will follow in the fellowship hall with interment at Wayne Memorial Park at 3 pm

The family would like to thank those who gave her care in the past months and a special thank you to Sherri.

Donations may be made to Brogden United Methodist Church.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Harrell family and online condolences may be sent to