Carrie Lee Harris was born in Brinkley, Ark. on July 18, 1951, the daughter of Herman Adell and Josephine Fennell-Harris.
She was educated in the Brinkley School System, graduating from Marian Anderson High in May of 1970. She was a member of the school choir and basketball team.
Desiring to further her education, Carrie briefly attended AM&N College in Pine Bluff, Ark.
On March 22, 1975, Carrie was united in holy matrimony to Charles Hardin. To this union, two sons were born.
Carrie was employed for 18 years by the Mo. Dept. of Mental Health through a subsidiary, HabCare,lnc. in Sikeston, Mo. She took care of mentally challenged adults in their homes. Former employment included Van Heusen Shirt Factory in Brinkley, Ark.
Carrie loved the Lord, she professed a hope in Christ early in life. In her youth, she attended First Missionary Baptist Church in Brinkley, Ark., under the leadership of Rev. C.E. Bracely. There, she was a faithful church Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School attendee as well as a member of the choir.
At the time of her homegoing, Carrie was the Asstistant Pastor of Mt. Zion Grayridge M.B. Church in Grayridge, Mo. under the leadership of Pastor Ronnie Mack. She had also served as an usher and as the Chairperson of the Family and Friends Program committee.
Carrie truly enjoyed preaching the Gospel of Christ. Every third Sunday of the month for 11 years, she could be found ministering at the Jubilee House of Prayer in Sikeston, Mo. under the leadership of Pastor Gail Emanuel, who ordained Carrie into the ministry in 1995.
Carrie loved her family very much. She would often travel back to Brinkley to take part in family gatherings and activities. Her witty remarks and sense of humor brought a lot of smiles and laughter to everyone.
Carrie was a very giving person, a woman of compassion. She would share whatever she had to help others, even if it meant giving her last. She always found a way to assist others in their time of need. She was someone on whom you could depend.
Carrie enjoyed a few hobbies and activities. She loved collecting jewelry, ties, and old coins. She was a avid basketball fan. She also loved listening to gospel music, talking on the phone, and spending time with her family and friends.
On Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 6:30 a.m. at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, Mo., Carrie Lee Harris Hardin, age 61, was called home to eternal rest. She was preceded in death by her father, Herman Adell, her mother, Josephine Harris White, two stepfathers, John Harris and Odell White, her grandparents Oscar and Calvaya "Carrie" Exonia McNary Fennell, one maternal brother, Arvell Bondon- (at the tender age of six months) and three paternal brothers, Herman Adell, Clarence Adell and Charles Adell.
Those mourning her passing, but cherishing loving memories are: her devoted husband of 37 years, Charles Hardin Sr. of Sikeston, Mo; two sons; Charles (Shamika) Hardin of St. Louis, Mo. and Myron (Tiffany) Hardin of Sikeston, Mo.; four grandchildren; Amyrah Hardin of St. Louis, Mo., Malik Barnett, Tamyia Johnson, and JaJuan Robinson all of Sikeston, Mo. Six maternal brothers; Rev. Archie D. Roark and Clarence (Dorothy) Harris, both of Cotton Plant, Ark., Leon (Janice) Harris of Brinkley, Ark, Alfred (Patricia Clark) Harris of Denver, Co., Theado (Margaret) Turnage of Newport, Ark., and Qdalas (Andrea) Whitaker Jr. of Jonesboro, Ark.; six maternal sisters; Regina Parker and Floscine (Rommie) Harris, both of Brinkley, Ark., Brenda Patin of Gardena,Calif., Sarah (James) White of Conway, Ark., Myra (Alfred) Hall of Houston, Tx., and Angela (Curtis) Draper of Monroe, Ark.
She also leaves seven paternal brothers; Buford "Mo" Adell, Riley Franklin Adell, Wayne Adell, Louis Adell, and Gary Adell, all of Brinkley, Ark., Michael Adell of Rock Island, ILL., and Benford "Yogi" (Nancy) Adell of Forrest City, Ark; seven paternal sisters; Evelyn Adell, Ollie Adell Davis, Carolyn Dillard, Cheryl Burnett, and Barbara (Richard) Chunn all of Brinkley, Ark., Marilyn (Warren) Foster of Flint, Mich., and Mary Beth "Becky" (Jeff) Hudson of Little Rock, Ark. Six brothers-in-law; Larry Hardin, Neal Hardin, Robert (Rose) Hardin, Chelc (Essie) Hardin Jr., Rufus (Sarah) Hardin, and Shelvie (Judy) Hardin; three sisters-in-law; Doris Hardin Sneed, Mary Hardin King, and Jackie (Sterling) Flowers; a very special cousin, Norma Jean Little of St. Louis, Mo., a few very close friends, including Pastor Gail Emanuel, Mother Minnie Clark, Mable Edwards, Martha McClure, Betty Pullem, and Doris Anthony, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends. She was loved by many and will be sorely missed. .