Harold E. Spell Jr., 51, of Mont Belvieu, Texas, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 9, 2018, unexpectedly.
Harold was born on June 20, 1967, in Biloxi, Mississippi, to Harold and Linda Spell Sr. He moved to Texas in elementary school and graduated from Dayton High School in 1985. He enlisted in the Air Force to proudly serve his country achieving one of the highest honors while serving, Honor Flight. Harold continued to show his patriotism even on his last day on the earth as he sported American flag shorts.
Upon finishing his time in the Air Force, he returned to Texas to pursue a career in the oil and gas industry. He received his I&E Certificate from Lee College, and in 1999 joined Exxon Mobil Plastics Plant in Mont Belvieu. He genuinely loved his job and set the precedence for work ethic and loyalty. Harold spent the last several years, being an Analyzer Tech where he was regarded the analyzer whisperer. He was just days away from celebrating 20 years with the Exxon Mobil Corporation.
Over the years, Harold devoted much of his time and heart to the ministries at Old River Baptist Church. That beautiful place was where he met and married the love of his life, Karie and where she and his boys were baptized and they all worshiped together. Harold and Karie were married on December 11, 1993, and were only days away, from celebrating 25 years of a beautiful love story. Harold was always helping with kids and youth ministries, at Old River, he led in AWANAs, RAs, and Youth Sunday School. He was always there to lend a hand, where he lived out the golden rule.
He always knew how to laugh, have a good time, and bring out the best in others. To many he was known as “Dirty Harry,” “Harry,” “Hare,” “Charmin”, “Slick” “Batman” and most recently “Gdaddy” upon becoming a grandpa. Harold spent lots of time outdoors, he loved to hunt, build guns, fish, camp, hike, woodwork, tinker and restore old cars or any kind of handy-man work that allowed him to spend and make those he loved, Happy and smile. He was an avid pool shark that may hustle you, if he got the chance, but then couldn’t wait to play another game, and let you win, just to see you smile and hopefully have you hang around, a little longer. He loved his job. His Exxon collogues, were also his family.
He talked often and with high regard of the comradery and opportunities to work besides some of the greatest people in this community. He was committed to making things better when he left them.
Harold was a quiet but unwavering beacon of strength and light for all who knew him. He was a compassionate listener, the best really, who made everyone feel at ease He listened not just to hear and discuss a solution but to understand and walk with you showing you the solution. His dedication, patience and kindness were seen and felt by all who spent any time at all with him.
His family was his world and his passion. He devoted his entire life to his wife, Karie, and sons, Chris and Nick. Most recently he was excited to welcome the newest additions to the family, daughter-in-law to be, Taylor, and his new granddaughter, Landry Grace. Harold loved and mentored many others that were always welcomed in his home. He thought of them as sons and daughters, sisters and brothers, moms and dads, aunts, uncles, and cousins, He loved you all, you know who you are! Harry didn’t differentiate between who was blood related and not, if you loved and respected his family, you were his family.
Harold lived life, with a beautiful heart, he loved the Lord and prayed for all of us. He would want us to be kind and smile, take the time to pray and lend a hand, to be patient and see the best in others. He made the commitment to show people how much he loved them, more than just saying it, and wanted everyone to do the same. He left a hole in this world, that will never be filled, but shined a light every day, that will never go out! We love you and miss you terribly...
Chris, Nick and I would ask you to please think about a story, an observation, a thought, a lesson learned, a silly moment, a picture or memory and share it in writing, or post it to his tribute wall on the Crespo and Jirrels website, which will stay up and online long after his burial. Or you can send it to my email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want to take all your stories, words and pictures and put them in a book to read to Landry Grace and his other grandbabies that will one day come. This will keep his memory and spirit alive, not just through our words but from all who knew him and whose lives, he touched.
Harold was preceded in death by grandparents: James J Spell, Harold D. Nason, Nettie Arceneaux, and George Arceneaux.
Harold is survived by his wife Karie Barnhart Spell; son Christopher C. Spell and fiancé, Taylor A. Allen; granddaughter Landry Grace; son, Nicholas H. Spell; parents Harold E. Spell, Sr. and Linda Nason Spell; brother Robert L. Spell and wife Adele Bannister Spell; niece Kayla Spell; and nephew Ethan Spell; parents in-law Jackie Barnhart and wife Karen Wood Barnhart; brother in law Josh Barnhart and wife LeeAnn Sanders Barnhart;
numerous other relatives, friends, and colleges.
In lieu of flowers, since it’s Christmas time. There are children that need to feel loved and important. Please make donations of behalf of Harold “Gdaddy” Spell to Bridgehaven Child Advocacy Group, he would have loved to make those little precious angels, smile.
Bridgehaven Children's Advocacy Center
P.O Box 220, Dayton TX 77535