Kilgroe Funeral Home

2219 - 2nd Ave North, Pell City, AL


Matthew Douglas Harrell

July 13, 1979May 6, 2020

VINCENT - Matthew Douglas Harrell -- man of God, kindly soul and friend to all -- went to be with his heavenly father on May 6, 2020. He was 40. A minister, U. S. Army veteran and devoted husband and father, he leaves behind a legacy of courage, grace, good humor, Christian love -- and of a life well-lived. He was pastor of the Church of Vincent, and also an employee of the Shelby County School System. Matthew was born on July 13, 1979, in Selma, Alabama, the son of the Rev. Michael Harrell and the late Sandra Aldy Harrell. As a young boy, he kept his family entertained with his penchant for staying up all hours of the night, demanding to wear socks that were far too large for him, making up stories about tiny people living in the garage and disputing almost any factual statement any adult made to him. Mainly to annoy his family filled with University of Alabama fans, he became a life-long supporter of the Auburn Tigers. Matthew was 1997 graduate of Opp High School, and after graduation served in the U.S. Army from 1997 to 2003. He was deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and also served in Kuwait and South Korea. He was inducted into the Order of the Spur in 2003 while stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia, with the 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment. Following his military service, he earned bachelors degrees in both psychology and business administration from Pittsburg State University. After giving his life to God as a boy, Matthew accepted the call into the ministry when he was 22, and became a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church. While serving as an evangelist, he met Rebecca Raymond while ministering in Fort Scott, Kansas. They were married on June 11, 2005 in Fort Scott. Their son Elijah was born on April 14, 2006, and daughter Eliana was born on January 8, 2008, and no father was ever more proud of his children. Matthew became pastor of the Church of Vincent in January 2014, and led that congregation until his passing. Matthew was preceded in death by his mother, Sandra Aldy Harrell. He is survived by his wife, Rebecca, and two children, Elijah and Eliana; his father Michael Harrell of Opp; his sister and brother-in-law Becky and J.J. Glass of Fairhope, Alabama; his brother and sister-in-law Barry and Carrie Harrell of Mountain City, Texas; nephew Landon Grimes of Birmingham; uncle Mark Aldy of Birmingham; uncle Bill Aldy and his wife Yvette of Batesville, Mississippi; aunt Carolyn Gowan and her husband Buddy of Philadelphia, Mississippi; aunt Cathryn Harrell Tullos and her husband Jesse of Pawley's Island, S.C.; and numerous cousins and other extended family members; as well as Rebecca’s parents and siblings in Kansas. Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m. at The Church of Vincent. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Church. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, May 12 at 12:30 p.m. at New Live Oak Cemetery in Selma. Condolences may be offered to the Harrell family online at www.kilgroefh.com Kilgroe Funeral Home – Pell City will direct the service


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Jimmy Huggins

May 12, 2020

Sis. Harrell and family, our deepest condolences to you at this time. Our prayers will continue for your strength and the children in the days ahead. We are truly thankful for having been in fellowship with Br. Harrell, your family and the saints in Vincent. God bless you and comfort you with His grace.
Pastor & Sis. Huggins, Talladega

Angelia Hunt

May 10, 2020

Sis. Harrell became my best friend when she came to Vincent. I loved her, and her family from the moment we met. Bro. Harrell was a great minister, a great man of God, and a great father. He will be missed. When Sis. Harrell became became my best friend, her whole family became a part of mine. I will forever remember Bro. Harrell. He could make you laugh when you were. Not feeling like it. I was blessed to know him, and to be able to be a part of such a wonderful family.

Ricky Jackson

May 9, 2020

I never met him, wish that I did, what I read he was a great man of God. Sorry that his life ended at a young age. My prayers go out to the family, for comfort. Rest In Peace!!!!

Lisa Soares

May 9, 2020

I am so sorry for the family. My prayers are with you. I did know Matt but I've heard so much about him from my sister Carrie and Barry. Sending love to all of you.

Beverly Meeks

May 9, 2020

One of the Magical Memories Of Bro Matthew’s Life was told by his Late Mother at Alabama Ladies Retreat many years ago. She sent A Prayer Cloth to Matthew to put in his helmet for God’s Protection Over Him while in Combat overseas.
When the other guys in his Unit heard abt this God Protection-they all asked could his Mother send them all one for their helmets. Sis Harrell (His Mother & the Ladies Of the Church) Did Prayer Cloths for the Whole Units Helmets. The Unit NEVER HAD A CASUALTY BECAUSE BRO MATTHEW’S GOD HONORED THOSE PRAYER CLOTHS....

Betty Zepeda

May 9, 2020

Brother Matt was an awesome preacher He will be missed dearly My heart goes out to his wife children n his dad. I pray the lord sends comfort to each of them Fly high Brother Matt u have finished your course

Lisa Moore

May 9, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of all of you this day. Praying that the Lord provides peace and comfort. There are no words that I can give that will lighten your sorrow. Please know that prayers are going up in Delano, Tn.

Vondric Relf

May 8, 2020

It's been a honor to know Pastor Harrell, I remember before service would start we would a have a Godly conversations before song service and have a few laughs , even in between songs, I remember he always told me to keep the faith. Mich love from the Relf family.

Tabatha Anderson

May 8, 2020

I met Bro. Matt while members of 1st UPC in Opp, AL where his father pastors.

Bro. Matt loved God and his family to the best of his ability. He was such a blessing to know as my brother in Christ. He will definitely be missed just as Sister Harrell(his mom) is missed. My continued prayers and condolences to Bro. Matt's wife, children, dad, and family as well as his church family.


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