Mary Nell (Youmans) Harrell

Born: Wed., Jan. 28, 1948
Died: Sat., Dec. 12, 2020


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 19, 2020
Location: Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Sat., Dec. 19, 2020
Location: Peebles Curry Memorial Chapel

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Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors announces the death of Mrs. Mary Nell Youmans Harrell, age 72, of Swainsboro on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at Ogeechee Area Hospice in Statesboro.

 Graveside funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:00pm in the Swainsboro City Cemetery with her Step-Son, Rev. Jim Harrell , pastor of Nunez Baptist Church officiating.

Interment will follow in the Swainsboro City Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday, December 19, from 12pm until the time of service at the funeral home. 

CDC social distancing guidelines will be observed and masks will be encouraged for your safety and the health and well being of others.

Pallbearers will be Russ Harrell, P.O. Youmans, Mike Youmans, Jeffrey Peebles, Darrell Wilson, Vaughn Riner, Bill Carmichael, and Robert Thompson.

Honorary Escorts will be Calvary United Methodist Women.

Mrs. Harrell was born in Metter, GA on January 28, 1948 to the late George A. Sr. and Sue Nell West Youmans. She attended public schools in Emanuel County and graduated from Swainsboro High School in 1966. After graduating from Georgia Southern College in 1970 with a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics; she taught elementary school in Oak Park, before going to work as a Case Worker One with the Department of Family Services in Emanuel County for over 30 years, from which she retired. Later in life, she married James B. Harrell until his death in 2017. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and Calvary United Methodist Women. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors Include:

Step-Daughter: Sharon Wilson (Darrell) of Kite, GA.

 Step-Son: Jim Harrell (Tammy) of Twin City, GA

Brother: George “Andy” Youmans, Jr. (Brenda) of Washington, GA.

Step-Grandchildren: Lindsey Wilson Howell (Chase) of Kite, GA, Russ Harrell (Destiny) of  Collins, GA and Zoie Harrell of Twin City, GA

Step-Great Grandchildren: Wilson and Walker Howell.

Nephew: George Andy Youmans, III (Maggie) of Roswell, GA

Condolences may be submitted online at

In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo Street, Statesboro, GA 30458.

Durden-Hudson Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements for Mrs. Mary Nell Youmans Harrell of Swainsboro, GA

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   Posted Tue December 15, 2020
Hi Andy, so sorry to hear about Mary Nell. But just think, one day we'll all get to see each other again in bodies that no longer hurt! Even though we don't get to see each other these days, I have always loved my cousins dearly and have fond memories of the early days. Hugs, prayers and God bless you through this time of sorrow. I'm thinking of you!

Love you,
Bird (Jimmy)

Ken & Kennette Youmans
   Posted Tue December 15, 2020
To: Andy, Brenda, and the entire Youmans and Harrell families,

We are so deeply saddened to hear of Mary Nell's passing. She was a sweet and wonderful person and first cousin. We want to express
our deepest Love, sympathy and condolences to everyone.

We are so sorry we will be unable to attend her services at our age, due to the Covid 19 pandemic risk to all of us, but you will remain in our prayers as you go through this most difficult time. In Lieu of flowers we are making a donation in Mary Nell's memory to the Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo Street, Statesboro, GA 30458.

With all of our Love and Sympathy,
Ken and Kennette Youmans

Kim Overstreet
   Posted Thu December 17, 2020
Sharing in your sadness and hope you feel the love and prayers surrounding you. I will be unable to attend the funeral due to surgery. Please know how much MaryNell was loved and will be sorely missed. Kim Overstreet and family

Brooke Lewis
   Posted Thu December 17, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about Mrs. Mary Nell. We just loved being neighbors to her and Mr. Billy. They will always be so very special to us! We send our love and prayers to all of the family.

Love, Bryant and Brooke Lewis and family

Patsy Hooks Kersey
   Posted Fri December 18, 2020
So sorry hear about Mary Nell. She was a wonderful lady and so sweet. She will be mist. May God be with all of you as you move forward.

Chris Morris
   Posted Fri December 25, 2020
I am sorry to hear about Mary Nell. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen you but I know it’s a sad time for you and your family. Take care and know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Chris Morris

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