History of the Restoration Movement

Dr. Pat Edwin Harrell


Sketch On The Life Of Pat E. Harrell

Pat Edwin Harrell was born July 11, 1930, at Lamesa, Texas. He was the son of John Robert and Mary Francis (Medley) Harrell.

He graduated from high school in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1948. He attended the University of New Mexico in 1948-49. In 1950-52 he attended Abilene Christian University where he received the B.A. degree. Following his work at ACU he attended Harvard University where he graduated with the S.T.B. degree in 1955. Next he attended Boston University where he received the Th.D. degree in 1960. He won first place in the Preaching Contest conducted at Harvard Divinity School.

On December 22, 1952, Pat Edwin Harrell married Miss Nancy Zenor. To this union one son and three daughters were born. The son was named Hilary Patrick. The daughters were named Holly Winn, Hildy Zenor. and Heather Ruth.

Harrell began preaching in 1952 at Natick, Massachusetts. He preached there for seven years while he was in Harvard and Boston University. In 1959-61 he was chairman of the Bible Department in Northeastern Christian College in Pennsylvania. He was minister of the Herring Drive Church of Christ in Houston, Texas. 1962-71. In 1978 he was chairman of the Bible Chair at the University of Texas in Austin. In 1978 he served as the "Teacher at the Institute for Christian Studies. In 1971-75 he was Teacher of the Evening School University of "Texas.

States in which he held meetings were Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.

Harrell was a co-founder and former board member of the Restoration Quarterly.

He was chairman of the Association of Religious Teachers at the University of Texas for two terms.

Harrell was Faculty Fellow of Andrews Hall. He wrote "Divorce and Remarriage in the Early Church" and also authored a commentary on Philippians.

An endowed Chair was established in his memory at the Institute for Christian Studies at the University Avenue Bible Chair on the Campus of the University of Texas.

Pat Edwin Harrell died December 25, 1978, at Austin, Texas. He was survived by his wife, Nancy (Zenor); one son, Hilary Patrick; three daughters, Mrs. Holly Winn Thurman, Mrs. Hildy Zenor Chandler, and Mrs. Heather Ruth Harrell; four brothers, Ward Harrell, Joe Harrell, Paul Harrell, Robert Harrell; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Campbell, Ruth Harrell, Beth Stehwein and Mrs. Jean Blaylock.

Funeral service was conducted at the University Avenue Church of Christ in Austin, Texas, with Dr. C. W. Zenor, Dr. Claude Hocoll, Steve Spidell, and Lanny Henniger officiating. Burial was in Austin, Texas, with interment in Capitol Memorial Cemetery.

-In Memoriam, Gussie Lambert, pages 137,138

Directions To The Grave Of P.E. Harrell

Pat E. Harrell is buried in Austin, Texas in the Cook/Walden Capital Parks Memorial Gardens Cemetery. From downtown Austin head north on I-35 and take Exit 247 and continue north on the frontage Road. At the exit you will see Memorial Hill Park Cemetery, however this is not the cemetery you are looking for. Continue north on the frontage road and the Capital Memorial Cemetery will be on your right. Pass the Funeral home, and bear right on FM Road 1825. Enter the cemetery to your right and take your first left. is on your left and Section "B" is on your right. Follow Section "B" around to the right. Now Section "G" is on your left and the north end of "B" is on your right. Continue past Section "C" on your right. Section "K" will begin on your left. Stop the car as you reach the end of Section "C". Look into the cemetery to your left in Section "K". Head toward the cross in the middle. Just SW of the cross about three rows you will find the grave of Pat E. Harrell. See pictures below for perspective. Also, you can stop back at the funeral home and get plenty of help to find the grave if you need to.

GPS Coordinates
30°26'18.5"N 97°39'56.6"W
or D.d. 30.438463,-97.665729
Grave Faces SE
Old Rugged Cross Garden
Section K, Lot 60-C, Space 1

Cook-Walden/ Capital Parks Memorial Gardens Cemetery Entrance

Grave In The Foreground Is Just SW Of The Cross In The Center Of The Garden

Harrell Plot In Foreground - Frontage Road In Distance

Dr. Pat E. Harrell
July 11, 1930 - Dec. 25, 1978

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