Arvin Harrell, age 66, went to be with the Lord on May 13, 2005, after a two year battle with brain cancer. He was born on May 24, 1938 to Ruby and Clarence Arvin Harrell, Sr., who preceded him in death. Arvin grew up in South Austin and graduated from William B. Travis High School in 1956. He then attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and continued his education at San Antonio College of Mortuary Science. Arvin began his career in Austin by serving his apprenticeship under Jimmy Clay at Wilke Clay Funeral Home. His career continued at Weed Corley Funeral Home, becoming an Assistant Manager; and later became a co-owner of Wilke-Clay Funeral Home. In 1984 he built and established Harrell Funeral Home in South Austin and now has a Funeral Chapel in Dripping Springs and a future Chapel in Buda. He was a tireless and dedicated funeral director/embalmer for over 40 years.Arvin began providing service to his community at an early age, while receiving his Eagle Scout Award. He was active in many organizations including Onion Creek Masonic Lodge #220 A.F. & A.M., Scottish Rite Bodies; Ben Hur Shrine. He was past president of several organizations: Texas Funeral Directors Association, Founders Lions Club of Austin, West Austin Lions Club, Austin Woods & Waters Club, and South Austin Civic Club, where he was recently honored as Business Man of the Year and Business of the Year. Arvin was a member of South Austin Rotary, Woodlawn Baptist Church, Onion Creek Country Club, Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, Texas Bighorn Society, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.Arvin was proud of his South Austin roots and supporting local youth as a buyer at the Austin-Travis County Livestock Show and Hays County Livestock Show for many years. He enjoyed the outdoors playing golf, camping, fishing and hunting, making several hunting safaries for North American big game in Alaska, Canada, USA and Mexico. Arvin also enjoyed raising Beefmaster Cattle on the Harrell Ranch southeast of Lockhart, the peace at the lakehouse on Lake Travis and participating in activities with his old friends from Travis High School.Arvin leaves behind his wife of 41 years, Patsy Harrell; sons, Jerry Harrell and his wife Terri, Jason Harrell and his wife Christy; grandsons, Caleb, Hunter and Zac Harrell; brother, Royce Harrell and his wife Karole; sister, Sonya Hergotz and her husband Bill; several nieces, nephews and cousins including special cousin and business partner, Camille Clay.The family will receive relatives and friends from 3:00 6:00 P.M. Sunday, May 15, 2005 at Harrell Funeral Home in Austin.Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Monday, May 16, 2005 at Manchaca Baptist Church with Reverend David Smith and Reverend Jack Burton officiating. Burial will follow at Live Oak Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe, Houston, Texas 77030, 800-392-1611, Shriners Childrens Hospital, 6977 Main St. Houston, TX 77030 713-797-1616 or a charity of your choice.Arvin will be greatly missed by his family, friends and funeral home staff.
I truly enjoyed the video of the life of Arvin...I just happened to find this site as my name is also Arvin...funny I also always wanted to work in a funeral home but never had the money for the schooling. I know that you will miss this man , just from the video one could tell he was a very special person.
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We are praying for you all.Arvin was a special friend and we loved him very much. Please let us know if we can do anything for any of you.I hope you are all getting alone
as well as I know Arvin would have wanted. Dwight, Linda, Bryan and Jessica
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