Rachel Evelyn Moyers Harwell
February 5, 1938 -
November 11, 2020

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It is with regret we announce the passing of Mrs. Rachel Evelyn Moyers Harwell, age 82, of Fayetteville, TN. Rachel was born on February 5, 1938 in Lincoln County, TN to the late George Paschal and Thelma B Wallace Moyers. She passed away on November 11, 2020 at Huntsville Hospital.

Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from George Peabody College (now known as Vanderbilt University). She taught Elementary Education with Lincoln County School System and later in Michigan. At heart, Mrs. Harwell was an Artist. As an artist, her primary medium was water color paintings, many examples of which grace homes in Lincoln County and in the Washington, DC area, where she lived for many years.

Rachel had a heart for giving back to her community. She would give back anyway possible by serving on civic boards or volunteering with church. Rachel and her husband, Jim, moved often, living in Michigan, East Tennessee, Texas, Ethiopia, Oklahoma, and Maryland. Rachel supported Jim in his 30 years of Military service, including, 15 years in the U.S. Air Force and 15 years in the Commission Corps of U.S. Public Health Service.

Dr. & Mrs. Harwell returned to Fayetteville in 1999, to live on the family farm where Rachel grew up. She was heavily involved in the community where she served on the board at Fayetteville Main Street, Junior Round Dozen, the Lincoln County Museum, and PEO Program of Continuing Education, PEO Executive Office- Treasurer, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312 in Memory of Rachel Harwell, Ch. J-Huntsville, AL.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, James Franklin Harwell; sister, Martha Lou (Jochen) Hoffmann of Arlington, VA; brother, Richard Edward (Suzie) Moyers of Fayetteville; brother-in-law, Walter Crawford of Nashville; nephews, Andrew (Melissa) Moyers of Ooltewah, TN, Edward (Corynn) Moyers of Tullahoma, TN, Nathan (Allison) Moyers of Phoenix, AZ, Brent (Clare) Moyers of Garland, TX, and Dr. Morgan (Terri) Crawford of Durham, NC; and niece, Jennifer (Tom) Stootsberry of Kingston Springs. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Harwell was preceded in death by her brother, George Jackson Moyers and sister-in-law, Connie Harwell Crawford.

A private graveside service will be held at Rose Hill Cemetery with Rev. Bruce McVey officiating. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blanche School Library, Attn.: Judy Conley, Librarian, 1649 Ardmore Highway, Taft, TN 38488 or PEO of Huntsville, AL.

Higgins Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Rachel Evelyn Harwell.

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20 Comments

  1. Wayve Dennison

    I just found out; this breaks my heart. She was one of the most positive, energetic, and (my ultimate compliment) useful people on Earth. She and Dr. Jim were such a team! My deepest sympathy to the family. She will be truly missed by many.

    Reply
  2. Jeanie Hyde

    Jim, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Many will miss Rachel and her giving spirit in Fayetteville.

    Reply
  3. Kay Campbell

    Rachel was one of the most cheerful, welcoming, loving, creative, positive people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. She created beauty in every interaction. I sure will miss her — and will love remembering the conversations we had!

    Reply
  4. Mary Ann and George Triplett

    Rachel taught me to paint. But with that she taught me the love of watercolors, and seeing the world in a beautiful and different view. I always think of Rachel when I pick up a paint brush or look at Rachel’s painting above my mantel. Love you Rachel and thinking of you Jim
    Mary Ann And George

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  5. Hailu Kinde

    Dear Dr. Harwell,
     I am so sorry to learn about your loss of your dear wife, your friend, Rachael Harwell. May the Lord bless her soul. She was a wonderful, loving, and caring person. She made a positive impact on my life when you invited me to stay at your home in Potomac, MD while I was still in transition to my new life here in the US. She meant a lot to me and my family and we miss her dearly. May the Lord be with you and give you comfort in these difficult times.  

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  6. Suzanne Letscher Kurras

    I am sick with thoughts. My sweet dear pal- I still have her on my recorder telling of all the prayers her good friend -a kind priest had gathered from many for my son. She was excited Jim was home. We were friends for over 40 years and our last conversation was very upbeat.. I am beyond saddened.

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  7. Patsy Crawford

    Rachel was always one of my favorite bridge partners. I loved seeing her! I loved being with her! I will miss her!!
    May our loving God bless those of us who grieve for her.

    Reply
  8. Billy Gray & Patsy

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. She was a dear friend. You and the family are in our prayers.

    Reply
  9. Teresa Brown

    Rachel became my friend with community involvement. The memorial gifts to Blanche School will be greatly appreciated. The librarian at the school’s mother was a childhood friend of Rachel’s. The librarian was only given $1,000 for library books. Each book will say Rachel Harwell memorial.

    Reply
  10. Cecimil Maldonado

    My most sincere condolences for your lost. My family and I will keep you all in our prayers.

    Reply
  11. Linda F. Williams

    I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

    Reply
  12. Peggy, Rhonda, Dean Bevels

    Jim, We have been Blessed to have you & Rachel in our lives and in Lincoln County for all your Selfless Service to of which The Lincoln County Museum is first in our Hearts. May the Good Lord wrap his arms around you and guide and give you the Strength needed to endure.
    Many Prayers, Peggy Bevels,
    Rhonda & Dean Bevels.

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  13. Cynthia Williams

    Rachel was a delightful person – very caring and thoughtful! She and Jim reached out to Jack and I eleven years ago when we first visited First Presbyterian Church. We got to know them right away and bonded as retired military families. I will remember Rachel for the way she seemed to enjoy our adult children. I will also remember the fabulous food that she prepared!

    Reply
  14. Alice Holman Ahrens

    Rachel was a friend who was very helpful and kind.
    We’ll remember her in our prayers.

    Reply
  15. Lenace Hyde

    Prayers for Mrs. Rachel’s family at this time. Sorry for your loss.
    Lenace Hyde

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  16. Angie Mullins

    Dr Harwell I am so very sorry for your loss! I so loved my visits with Rachel every 6 months at Dr Drewry’s office. She was always so kind and sweet. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

    Reply
  17. Jimmy and Sarah Pendergrass

    Our community has lost a gracious lady. She made an impact on so many lives through her tireless efforts in serving others. Our sympathy to Jim and family.

    Reply
  18. Lynn Brown

    So sorry to hear this, prays sent out to the family.

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  19. Anita Norman

    Richard and Suzie I’m so sorry to hear about Rachel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Reply
  20. Wanda Shelton

    Oh I am so very sorry to see this! May God bless and keep this family in His embrace. I loved every meeting we attended together over the years!

    Reply

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20 Comments

  1. Wayve Dennison

    I just found out; this breaks my heart. She was one of the most positive, energetic, and (my ultimate compliment) useful people on Earth. She and Dr. Jim were such a team! My deepest sympathy to the family. She will be truly missed by many.

    Reply
  2. Jeanie Hyde

    Jim, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Many will miss Rachel and her giving spirit in Fayetteville.

    Reply
  3. Kay Campbell

    Rachel was one of the most cheerful, welcoming, loving, creative, positive people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. She created beauty in every interaction. I sure will miss her — and will love remembering the conversations we had!

    Reply
  4. Mary Ann and George Triplett

    Rachel taught me to paint. But with that she taught me the love of watercolors, and seeing the world in a beautiful and different view. I always think of Rachel when I pick up a paint brush or look at Rachel’s painting above my mantel. Love you Rachel and thinking of you Jim
    Mary Ann And George

    Reply
  5. Hailu Kinde

    Dear Dr. Harwell,
     I am so sorry to learn about your loss of your dear wife, your friend, Rachael Harwell. May the Lord bless her soul. She was a wonderful, loving, and caring person. She made a positive impact on my life when you invited me to stay at your home in Potomac, MD while I was still in transition to my new life here in the US. She meant a lot to me and my family and we miss her dearly. May the Lord be with you and give you comfort in these difficult times.  

    Reply
  6. Suzanne Letscher Kurras

    I am sick with thoughts. My sweet dear pal- I still have her on my recorder telling of all the prayers her good friend -a kind priest had gathered from many for my son. She was excited Jim was home. We were friends for over 40 years and our last conversation was very upbeat.. I am beyond saddened.

    Reply
  7. Patsy Crawford

    Rachel was always one of my favorite bridge partners. I loved seeing her! I loved being with her! I will miss her!!
    May our loving God bless those of us who grieve for her.

    Reply
  8. Billy Gray & Patsy

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. She was a dear friend. You and the family are in our prayers.

    Reply
  9. Teresa Brown

    Rachel became my friend with community involvement. The memorial gifts to Blanche School will be greatly appreciated. The librarian at the school’s mother was a childhood friend of Rachel’s. The librarian was only given $1,000 for library books. Each book will say Rachel Harwell memorial.

    Reply
  10. Cecimil Maldonado

    My most sincere condolences for your lost. My family and I will keep you all in our prayers.

    Reply
  11. Linda F. Williams

    I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you.

    Reply
  12. Peggy, Rhonda, Dean Bevels

    Jim, We have been Blessed to have you & Rachel in our lives and in Lincoln County for all your Selfless Service to of which The Lincoln County Museum is first in our Hearts. May the Good Lord wrap his arms around you and guide and give you the Strength needed to endure.
    Many Prayers, Peggy Bevels,
    Rhonda & Dean Bevels.

    Reply
  13. Cynthia Williams

    Rachel was a delightful person – very caring and thoughtful! She and Jim reached out to Jack and I eleven years ago when we first visited First Presbyterian Church. We got to know them right away and bonded as retired military families. I will remember Rachel for the way she seemed to enjoy our adult children. I will also remember the fabulous food that she prepared!

    Reply
  14. Alice Holman Ahrens

    Rachel was a friend who was very helpful and kind.
    We’ll remember her in our prayers.

    Reply
  15. Lenace Hyde

    Prayers for Mrs. Rachel’s family at this time. Sorry for your loss.
    Lenace Hyde

    Reply
  16. Angie Mullins

    Dr Harwell I am so very sorry for your loss! I so loved my visits with Rachel every 6 months at Dr Drewry’s office. She was always so kind and sweet. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

    Reply
  17. Jimmy and Sarah Pendergrass

    Our community has lost a gracious lady. She made an impact on so many lives through her tireless efforts in serving others. Our sympathy to Jim and family.

    Reply
  18. Lynn Brown

    So sorry to hear this, prays sent out to the family.

    Reply
  19. Anita Norman

    Richard and Suzie I’m so sorry to hear about Rachel. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

    Reply
  20. Wanda Shelton

    Oh I am so very sorry to see this! May God bless and keep this family in His embrace. I loved every meeting we attended together over the years!

    Reply

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