Florida A&M baseball has lost a member of its baseball team as Dalton James Harrell passed away on December 15, 2021.
“It’s a very sad day for FAMU baseball and our coaches and players,” said head coach Jamey Shouppe. “Dalton will be missed sorely. He was a great young man, a great baseball player, a great son to his parents, and a great all-around person. He was going to be impactful for our team this year on the mound, and more importantly, he impacted a lot of guys in a short time at FAMU.”
“Our deepest condolences go out to the Harrell family.”, said vice president and director of athletics Kortne Gosha. “We are asking that all of Rattler Nation please keep the family and the baseball student-athletes in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Dalton transferred to the Rattlers from Andrew College after making 17 career starts on the mound and 33 appearances.
Dalton James Harrell’s Obituary
Dalton James Harrell, 21, of Bainbridge, GA, made his final pitch on December 15, 2021.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at Southwest Baptist Church with Rev. Harold Burrell and Rev. Stanley Phillips officiating. Interment will follow at Pisgah Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with Al Kelley, Kevin Toole, Ryan Ryals, Greg Albritton, Ed Alford, Chad Smith, Blake Williams, and Jared Granger serving as active pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at Southwest Baptist Church. Online visitors may sign the guest register at www.bryantfuneralga.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dalton Harrell Scholarship, c/o Bainbridge High School, 1 Bearcat Boulevard, Bainbridge, GA 39819.
Dalton James Harrell was born May 5, 2000, in Bainbridge, GA, the son of Bobby & Jennifer Stephens Harrell. He was a graduate of Bainbridge High School, Class of 2018. Dalton earned associate degrees from Andrew College in Health Science and Athletic Training. He was a junior at FAMU pursuing a degree in Health Science, where he was also a Saturday pitcher for the Rattlers. Dalton attended Attapulgus Baptist Church.
A fierce competitor with a heart of gold, Dalt Dalt played to win. He was a well-respected leader on and off the ball field. Coaches often used him as an example of a true team player. Dalton never left his wing man. If you had to run, for whatever reason, he would run with you. He has been described as “a lover & a fighter”, “the glue that holds us together” and “the life of the party”. His heart for others and that mischievous smile made it easy to be his friend…and if you made the cut, it was forever. Besides baseball, Dalton loved to hunt, fish, hang out with his friends, and sing a little karaoke. He would dance like no one was watching and make you laugh until you cried. His legacy will be to love BIG and laugh often.
Survivors include his parents; his brother, Colton Harrell; the love of his life, Macey Moye; his grandparents, Charles & Thelma Harrell and Diane & Greg Powell; his great-grandmother, Flora Nell Hughes; his uncles & aunt, Chas & Cheryl Harrell, Michael Stephens, Lance Powell, and Ryan Powell; his special cousins, Bud Harrell, Emily Harrell, Madison Harrell, and Carson Harrell; and a host of extended family, some blood related and others by choice. Dalton was preceded in death by his grandfather, Mike Stephens, and his great-grandparents, Murry Hughes and William & Florence Gillespie.
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