Harry Armstrong Gravell Jr., retired union agent

October 11, 2017

Harry Armstrong Gravell Jr., 67, of Lewes, passed away Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at Beebe Healthcare, Lewes. He was born June 22, 1950, in New Castle, son of the late Harry Armstrong Gravell Sr. and Clementine (Billingsley) Gravell.

Mr. Gravell graduated from Salesianum High School in 1968. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a proud union labor leader and very active in politics. He was a past president of the Delaware Building & Construction Trades Council. He was a long time member and retired business agent for Local Union 669 Sprinklerfitters. Most recently, Mr. Gravell worked part time at ATI.

In his spare time, Mr. Gravell enjoyed riding his motorcycle, cooking, traveling, reading, going to the beach and eating out at local restaurants. He enjoyed music and coffee but especially having wine and cheese on the front porch with his Jenny. But most of all, he adored spending time with his family and grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Gravell was preceded in death by his brother Thomas Gravell; and his brothers-in-law Dale Willis and Rick Duncan Jr.. He is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Jenifer (Duncan) Gravell of Lewes; his daughters, Deliah Brantley and her husband Steven Jr. of Smyrna, and Jayme Gravell of Smyrna; his grandchildren, Makayla, Avery and Lily; his brothers, John Gravell and his wife Donna, and Brian Gravell and his wife Cindy; his sisters Marianne Acord and her husband Jerry, and Carol Willis; his in-laws, John R. Duncan Sr. and Filomena M. Duncan of Wilmington; his brother-in-law, William Scott Duncan and his wife Christina; his sister-in-law Dena Duncan; and many nieces and nephews.

A viewing will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes. Interment will be private at Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Millsboro.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Gravell's name to Helmets to Hardhats, 815 16th St. NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20006, or the Alzheimer's Association, 108 N Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947.

Please visit Mr. Gravell's Life Memorial Webpage and sign his online guest book at