Retired North Carolina National Guard Col. Gorden Allen Harrell, 81, Morehead City, passed away May 26, 2021, at Carteret Health Care.

A celebration of life was held at First United Methodist Church in Morehead City.

Gorden was born Oct. 4, 1939, in Goldsboro, N.C., and grew up in the Grantham community.

He proudly served 40 years in the North Carolina National Guard, and was the former battalion commander of the 690th Maintenance Battalion in Kinston.

He also served as the North Carolina National Guard United States southeastern marksmanship coordinator.

He was inducted into the National Guard Hall of Fame at Fort Bragg.

Gorden retired as a civilian from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base civil engineering squadron.

He was a member of the Wayne Masonic Lodge No. 112 and Pine Forest United Methodist Church in Goldsboro.

Gorden is survived by his wife of 47 years, Joanne Harrell of the home; sons, Dr. Travis Harrell and spouse, Roopa, of Washington, D.C., and Jason Harrell and spouse, Pearson, of New Orleans, La.; grandchildren, William Harrell and Hayes Harrell; brother, Donald Harrell; sister, Wanda Smith; and special cousin, Nancy Adams.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert and Flossie Harrell; stepmother, Kathleen Harrell; and brothers, Kenneth Harrell and Charles Harrell.

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Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home and Crematory in Morehead City, N.C.