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Arthur Harrell

Arthur Ronald "Ron" Harrell

Tuesday, October 17th, 1950 - Monday, July 20th, 2020
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Obituary

Arthur “Ron” Harrell, 69, of Salem, went to be with the Lord on Monday, July 20, 2020.

Ron was a loving, kind, and generous man, who often spent his days rocking in his rocking chair with a cup of coffee in hand, people watching with a big smile on his face. It was no secret to anyone that he was true to his faith in the Lord and knew The Bible cover to cover. He was not only a dedicated Christian, but was also a genuinely loving husband, father, and grandfather. His family was his world and took every opportunity he could find to remind them how much he loved them. A hard-working man, he was employed by Koppers as a machine operator, and retired after many years of service. When it came to sports, you could find him in front of the television rooting for his favorite team the Pittsburgh Penguins. In the off season he would have a fishing rod in his hand or would be out enjoying nature walking his dog Lilly.

Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur Boose and Sarah Harrell; three sisters, Negatha Shumate, Frances Hammons, and Dorothy Henderson; as well as his brother, Thomas Harrell.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 32 years, Donna Harrell; daughters, April Cofer, and Amanda Bennett (Daniel); brother, James Harrell; sister, Wanda Holt; granddaughter, Lyla Grace Bennett; and last but not least his special friend David Hart.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home Chapel. He will be laid to rest at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at Cedar Lawn Burial Park in Roanoke. Pastor Ben Mewald will be officiating. It is requested that facial coverings be worn by those planning to attend services, as well as practice social distancing.

Online condolences can be made by visiting the funeral home’s website, www.johnmoakey.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 22nd, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Cedar Lawn Memorial Park
    Address
    5070 Cove Road NW
    Roanoke, Virginia 24017
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Pastor Ben Mewald
  • Interment

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 10:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 10:00am
    Location
    Cedar Lawn Memorial Park
    Address
    5070 Cove Rd NW
    Roanoke, VA 24017
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Herlinda Witt

Posted at 10:59pm
My heart goes out to you and your family. He was loved and will be missed. Praying for you. God Bless.
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John Goins

Posted at 08:56am
Sorry to hear about Ron. We went to school together in Bland. My condolences to his family.
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Robert Cofer

Posted at 03:11pm
Donna, April, Lou Ann and family,

I am so sorry for your loss. I know he was a great person and a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Robert Cofer


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David Barrett (Bert)

Posted at 02:55pm
Lou Im sorry for your loss of a dear family member and friend! I hope you stay strong through this sad time. Thinking of you guys! Love David Barrett
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Gwen Dobbins duncan

Posted at 02:27pm
Wonderful memories of our good times in the summer after school was out , coming to stay on the farm with Ron and the rest of the family. RIP Ron, we will miss you.
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