Tracy Lee Harrel, Jr.

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Mr. Tracy Lee Harrel, Jr., age 89 of Winnfield, Louisiana passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019.

A life-long resident of Winnfield, he was born Friday, March 14, 1930 and was a 1947 graduate of Winnfield High School where he was quarterback on the football team. He proudly served his country in the US Army from 1950-1954. He was a member of the 10th Infantry Special Forces as a paratrooper, formerly known as the Green Berets. Upon being discharged from his military service, he then returned to Winnfield to join his father, Tracy L. Harrel, Sr. as part owner of Harrel Builders Supply Company, Inc. where he remained until his retirement in 2007.

During his working career, Mr. Harrel was also very involved in his community where he served two terms on the Winnfield City Council. He was past president of the Lions Club and was an active member of the Chamber of Commerce. He was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church of Winnfield where he sang tenor in the Chancel Choir for over 60 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tracy Lee Harrel, Sr. and Vermelle Hyde Harrel; wife, Tappy Harrel; son, Albert Harrel. Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Martin Harrel; sister, Bonnie Watkins (Juan); and 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Kevin Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Garden of Memories, in Winnfield under the direction of Southern Funeral Home.

Serving the family as pallbearers will be Rick Hanna, George Moss, Buddy Heard, Kiah Beville, Billy Thurman, Sammy Brian, Kevin Koepen, and Glenn Ford. Honorary pallbearers will be Dicky Heard, Cas Moss, Jerry Williams, Tommy Bankston, Mickey Simmons, Jimmy Walker, Rusty Russell, and Sidney Walton.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday at the church from 1:00 PM until time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Capital Improvement Fund of the First United Methodist Church, Winnfield.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

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