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Joseph Scott Harrell, Albemarle Boats founder, dies

Albemarle Boats founder Joseph Scott Harrell passed away at the age of 90 on January 23.

Harrell’s first Albemarle, the 24, made its debut in 1978 and was known for a dry soft ride.

Harrell was born January 3, 1928 and had three siblings. He married Beverly Ann Moore and joined Edenton Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. In 1951, he founded Edenton Tractor and Implement and maintained a lifelong love with tractors. In the early 1950s, he used a tractor to start carving out Edenton Marina from a run off Pembroke Creek in Edenton, N.C., and eventually formed Albemarle Boats in 1978.

In addition to his parents, Bessie Cecelia Leary and Rodney Tuttle Harrell, Joseph was preceded in death by his first wife, Beverly, and his second one, Shirley Williams Harrell, whom he married following Beverly’s death.

Harrell is survived by three siblings, sister Marion Cross Goodman and brothers Rodney Tuttle Harrell and Robert Shirley Harrell, all of Edenton. He had three children, daughters Ann Harrell Perry and her husband Warner, Elizabeth Harrell Johnston and her husband Hall, son Joseph Scott Harrell, Jr., and his wife, Missie, all of whom live in Edenton. His grandchildren include Burch Perry and wife Julie, Mary Scott Perry Haigler and husband Ted, Bess Harrell Little and husband George, Catie Harrell Salyer and husband Stephen, Francie Harrell Winslow and husband Wyatt, Cole Johnstone and wife Ashlea and Lex Johnston and wife Michelle. There are also 16 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Vidant Chowan Hospice, Edenton Baptist Church or NAMI Albemarle Region.

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