Halls softball pioneer has died

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Friends and family didn’t have to wonder where Mabel Harrell was during summer (spring and fall). She was at the Willow Creek Youth Park off Quarry Road in Halls, coaching, cooking, cleaning, doing whatever was needed to keep the softball fields up and running.

Mabel Harrell was both the face and backbone of Halls softball, and she died Nov. 9, 2021, at age 88. Known as “Momma Bluebird” in the softball community, Mabel was a respected role model for young women.

One posted on the Stevens Mortuary tribute page: “She was one of the greatest people I’ve ever known. The best role model for all the young girls she coached. My heart is broken. RIP Momma Bluebird.”

She was a member of Salem Baptist Church where she was active in mission work and youth in Appalachia. Preceded in death by husband of 50 years, Harry “Jay” Harrell, she leaves two sons, two daughters and their families.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at Stevens Mortuary with a 7 p.m. service to follow. Graveside service and interment will begin at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Woodhaven Memorial Gardens. Additional obituary information is here.

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