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United Community Credit Union Mourns President/CEO
Thursday, March 2, 2017 6:55 AM


United Community Credit Union is mourning the loss of President/CEO Joe Harden Harwell. Known in the financial industry as a successful businessman and a passionate community supporter, Harwell leaves behind a legacy of leadership. The United Community staff describes him as a generous and inspiring mentor who considered everyone an extension of family.

Before succumbing to his battle with cancer, Harwell faithfully served United Community for more than 20 years. He was also president of the Galena Park ISD Education Foundation Board, as well as a member of the board of directors for the East Houston Regional and Bayshore Medical Centers. Prior to joining United Community in 1995, he served as CEO of several other financial institutions and was a US Navy Veteran. Harwell was a dedicated leader and will be dearly missed. He is survived by his wife, Jie Harwell, as well as a host of family and friends.

A memorial will be held to celebrate Harwell’s life and extensive contribution to the community. The memorial is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at Rosewood Funeral Home at 2602 S. Houston Avenue, Humble, Texas 77936. For additional information, or to leave words of encouragement, please visit

Today, United Community Credit Union boasts more than $92 million in assets and nearly 12,000 members due to Harwell’s leadership.

Cornerstone offers its heartfelt condolences.

Any public inquiries regarding Harwell or his passing should be directed to Mac McDermott or Shalonda Dawkins at 713-674-5778.