Richard Keith Jarrell left this world to live with his Heavenly Father on October 3rd, 2020. He was cherished and respected by all that were blessed to know him.
Rick was born on June 3rd, 1954 to the late Charles Keith Jarrell and Allegra Ann Richardson Jarrell in Jackson, Mississippi. He never liked that his entire family was born in Texas, making him the sole Mississippian, but he got to Texas as soon as he could and never left.
Rick was raised in the church going to First Baptist Dallas. For the past 20 years, he was a member of First Baptist Church in Carrollton. He came to know the Lord early in his life and was always proud to say he was baptized by the late W.A. Criswell.
Rick worked at Linz Jewelry, while going to the University of Texas at Dallas, from which he graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree. After graduation, he worked at Liberty Mutual.
In November of 1982, he met Susie Moore at a Bridges Sunday School class party. They married one year later on December 3rd, 1983. He was employed at Marsh & McLennan in Dallas from 1986-2006. He left Marsh and in August of 2006 went to work at MHBT where he continued to work until his death. Many of his clients became close friends and appreciated his hard work and dedication to their needs.
One of Rick’s many passions was Bible Study Fellowship. He was faithful to attend and participate every Monday night for over a decade. He learned all he could about three of his greatest loves, watches, guitars and cars, while he was on Earth and spent many an evening perusing eBay for his next great deal. Even in Rick’s younger years, his father often used to comment that Rick was saving him into the poor house.
He volunteered for several years with the American Heart Association’s annual fundraiser. He also served on the board of directors of Orphan Angel, an organization that supported the adoption of orphans from the Ukraine.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 37 years, Susie, his son Benjamin Keith (Lauren), his daughter Emily Grace (Kevin), his mother Allegra, his brothers Craig (Cindy) and Mark (Jane). Also, his nephew T.J. (Tina), niece Sarah and nephew Luke, and his cousins Marilyn (Bill), Dana (Carol), and Tim.
Rick was preceded in death by his father, Keith Jarrell, his grandparents Wade and Ople Richardson and W.A. and Grace Jarrell. He was loved by many and will be missed by many more. We take great comfort in knowing we will join him again when God calls us home.
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