Willie Harrington

Willie Frances "Penny" Harrington (Hafford)

Thursday, July 2nd, 1925 - Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
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Willie Frances (affectionately known as "Penny" by family and friends) was the third child born July 2, 1925, in Woodville, Texas to the union of the late Albert and Alice Lucille Hafford. She graduated from Henry T. Scott High School in Woodville, Texas.

She accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age through Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she was baptized and remained a life-long active member, until her health began to fail her.

Willie Frances “Penny” was married to the late Rivas Harrington, Jr. on February 7, 1944, and to this union four children was born, Dietric Van Harrington, of San Antonio, Texas, Earlynn Harrington Williams, Don Wayne Harrington, of Austin, Texas and Sharon Kay Harrington Jackson of Woodville, Texas. A devoted mother who always put the interest of her family first and saw to it that her children were given the best she could provide in loving care, spiritual nourishment and material comforts. A mother whom you saw fall to her knees each morning to thank God for another day’s journey and each night studied his word for guidance and understanding for she surely loved her God.

Her employment included private home for some 20 years and later hired as a machine operator at the Keller's Plant in Woodville--where she retired.

Willie Frances “Penny” Harrington at the age of 93, at home lovingly cared for by family departed this life on June 26, 2019.

Willie Frances “Penny” was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Hardy A. Hafford of Los Angeles, California and her sister, Mary Lucille Mitchell of Woodville, Texas.

Cherishing her memories are: Son, Dietric Van Harrington (Shelly) of San Antonio, Texas, Daughter, Earlynn Harrington Williams (Roy-deceased), Son, Don Wayne Harrington (Harriet-deceased) of Austin, Texas and Daughter, Sharon Kay Jackson (Aubrey) of Woodville, Texas and one Nephew Robert E. Cunigan (Dean) of Houma, Louisiana.

In addition, she leaves to mourn eleven (11) grandchildren and their spouses, twenty-two (22) great grandchildren, six (6) great-great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends left to cherish her memory.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 28th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, June 28th, 2019 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Coleman's Family Mortuary
    409 South Magnolia
    WOODVILLE, TX 75979
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
    501 MLK
    WOODVILLE, TX 75979
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  • Service

    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, June 29th, 2019 1:00pm
    Pleasant Hill Baptist Church
    401 ML King Drive
    Woodville, Texas 75979
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Theresa Bassett

Posted at 11:30pm
My condolences to the Harrington family. I'm sorry to hear about the loss of dear Penny. Some Bible scriptures that have helped me during times of loss include Isaiah 26:19 and Psalm 37:28,29 which states in part: "Your dead ones will live...They will rise up". And the Bible also says "The righteous themselves will possess the earth and they will forever reside upon it". Therefore the Bible promises that we may be reunited with our loved ones lost in death by means of an earthly resurrection. This is further confirmed by John 5:28,29 which says "Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". This is possible thanks to Jesus Christ's ransom sacrifice. Thus we have a genuine hope of everlasting life in a world without wickedness or suffering.

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