Martin Wallace Jarrell, 94, of Harrington, DE passed away peacefully at the Delaware Hospice Center, Milford on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Martin was born in Felton, DE the son of the late Clarence and Ruth (Bohannon) Jarrell. Martin had a strong work ethic. He began his career as a milkman and breadman and later established Martin Jarrell Fuel, where he delivered oil and serviced furnaces for 28 years before retiring in 1991. He was also an avid horseman. During the mid 1970’s, Martin was the proud owner of “Afton Dear”, his first successful race horse. “Afton Dear” set the track record at Harrington Raceway many years ago. Martin retired from the horse racing industry in the early 2000’s. He was a member of the Delaware Standardbred Owners Association and the U.S.T.A. He was also an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church, Harrington where he joined the bell choir at the age of 87. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years Virginia Sue (Tweedy) Jarrell; his children Jeri Anne Henry (Frank), Gordon Jarrell (Denise), Jane Towers (Bill), Glenn Jarrell (Lynnae), and David Jarrell (Robert); two brothers Gene Jarrell (Gladys) and Alvin Jarrell (Sharon); 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
A viewing will be held from 11 am to 12 pm on Monday, May 5, 2019 at Asbury U.M. Church, 200 Weiner Ave., Harrington where funeral services will be held at 12 noon. Burial will be in Hopkins Cemetery, Felton. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to either the Asbury U.M. Church Roof Fund, 200 Weiner Avenue, Harrington, DE 19952 or to the D.S.O.A. Scholarship Fund, 830 Walker Rd., Dover, DE 19904. Arr. by McKnatt, Carpenter & Baker Funeral Home, Harrington, DE. Letters of condolence may be shared with the family at www.loflandandmcknatt.com.