Harvell, Ada Engenia (Mrs. W.R.)


October 29, 1873 - August 28, 1937
Mrs. Ada Engenia Harvell, daughter of William F. Brock and Cynthia E. Alford, was born
in Pike county, Mississippi, on October 29, 1873, and died at the Methodist parsonage in Lecompte, Louisiana.on August .28, 1937. - The funeral service was held in the Methodist church at Lacompte on Sunday, August 29, at ten o’clock a. in., conducted by Dr. R. H. Harper. presiding elder of the Alexandria District. The body was carried to Greensburg. Louisiana, where it was interred in the Harvell family burial plot.
She was married to Rev. W. R. Harvell at the home of her parent on January 27, 1897. To this union, six children were born, one of them, Newell, dying in infancy at Bonita, Louisiana, where he is buried. The surviving children are: Mrs. Tyson Cleary, Dallas, Texas; Mrs. Raymond Goodell, Coushatta, Louisiana; Mrs. Sam R. Carter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Mrs. Charles 0. Eddy, San Antonio, Texas; W. Ray Harvell, Rayville, Louisiana. Five grandsons and one granddaughter also survive, besides many other relatives in Louisiana and Mississippi. Brother Harvell himself is still with us, brave in sorrow as he has been courageous throughout life.
Mrs. Harvell was reared in the Baptist Church, in which her father was a deacon for forty-two years; but after her marriage she joined the church of her husband. She was always a Christian, often saying, “I do not remember the time when I did not love God.”
The preacher’s wife has won a high place in the esteem of the world. Her charm, her culture of mind and spirit, her loyalty to her husband and devotion to her family, her interest and activity in the church, her patience its suffering, her quiet heroism in difficult places, her cheerful endurance of hardship and her unfailing optimism have sustained her preacher husband, made her his helpmeet indeed, and made her an inspiring example of faith and courage to the communities into whose life she has entered.
Mrs. Harvell upheld the noblest traditions of the place she occupied. To charm of personality was added an innate refinement, her high heritage of birth and, training. Her husband was liar devoted’ lover to the end, and her children “rise up and call her blesscd”. Everywhere she went, she was looked to for leadership and guidance, and she never failed her church or her friends. For forty years she ‘gave herself to the service of the church, along with her husband, within the bounds of the Louisiana Conference. In all the fourteen ‘appointments she touched during that time friendships were formed that were abiding, and her name is still “as ointment poured forth.”
It was characteristic of Mrs. Harvell that she loved the ‘beautiful and the good. Flowers and music were a part of her life. Her home in many ways showed the deft touch of the artistic hand and mind. And its atmo-sphere was the expression of an esthetic soul.
Mrs. Hnrvell’s last days were days of pain—of intense suffering. Patient though she was, she longed to be at rest “in her Father’s house.” So came the sunset and the evening star, and a clear call ‘for her, and she put out to sea. Well may we believe that she now sees her Pilot face to face. Her sufferings are ended and she has ‘entered into the fullness of the joy of her Lord. So there can be “no sadness ‘of farewell.” She has merely gone Home.
Source: Journal of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, Pages 106-107, 1937, by H. T. Carley

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