Mrs. Olene Harville of Carthage died at the age of 99 at 5:27 p.m. Monday evening November 18, 2019 at the Smith County Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage where she had made her home since October 8, 2019.
Her nephew, Eld. Junior Dickerson, officiated at the 1 p.m. Friday afternoon November 22nd funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed beside her husband in the Garden of Gethsemane at Smith County Memorial Gardens.
She was one of twelve children and was the daughter of the late James “Jim” Butler who died at the age 54 on April 12, 1936 and Ethel Clara Butler Mundy who died at the age of 98 on January 20, 1988 and Mrs. Harville was born in the Brooks Bend Community of Jackson County on February 2, 1920.
On March 20, 1937 she was united in marriage to Sullivans Bend Community native Walter Dowell Harville who preceded her in death on January 18, 1995 at the age of 85.
She was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters, Sidney Pauline Butler who died at the age of 3 on August 23, 1928, Herbert Cordell Butler who died November 5, 1977 at the age of 70, Hubert Clay Butler who died June 10, 1991 at the age of 78, Maggie Bell Mundy who died May 1, 2012 at the age of 97, Lela Jewell Carver Richardson who died November 17, 2003 at the age of 93, Maude Ella Shepherd, who died March 12, 2004 at the age of 72 and her twin brother Claude who died March 12, 1932 at birth, Hobart J. (Bunk) Butler who died May 15, 1994 at the age of 77,and Oliver Benton Mundy Jr. who died at the age of 71 on April 3, 1997.
Mrs. Harville was an accomplished seamstress and was a longtime employee of the former W. E. Stephens Manufacturing Co. in Carthage and the former Carthage Shirt Corporation and later after retirement owned and operated Carthage Fabrics on Main Street in Carthage.
She was saved at a young age at the former 1st Baptist Church in the Sullivans Bend Community.
Surviving are her two daughters, Faye Roberts of Carthage and Ella Mai Moore of Madison; two sisters, Christine Harville of Lebanon and Lena Mai Woodard of South Carthage; three grandchildren, Scott Rager and wife Dorothy of Hendersonville, Sherri Stotts of Madison, Darren Smith of Carthage; eleven great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great-grandchildren.