Carol Evett Harrington was born on February 8, 1962 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Willie Pearl and Percy Harrington. They soon welcomed their second child, Jonathan, then moved to sunny Los Angeles, California. Carol’s younger siblings, Modise and Robert Harrington, were born a few years later. The Harrington’s raised their four children in Los Angeles. Carol was the eldest. Her baby brother, Robert, and parents preceded her in death. Carol gained her wings on July 16, 2020 after a nine-month battle with a rare form of lung cancer.
Carol attended Catholic school in her primary years and had her first communion at age 10. When her parents separated in 1973, Carol converted from Catholicism to Christianity, where she continued to be a faithful follower of Christ. Carol graduated from Locke High School in 1980. In that same year, she began dating Lathan Horton, a widowed father of two children, Sabrena and Roderick. Carol and Lathan shared a loving relationship that lasted 10 years and yielded two children, Lathon and Ciara. Carol and Lathan were the epitome of co-parenting. They shared in the rearing of their children and a friendship that many envied. Carol worked for a local printing and advertising company, Effective Graphics, in Torrance, CA for 22 years until the recession of 2008/2009 that resulted in their business closure. She spent her last 7 years employed with the United States Postal Service in San Bernardino County, California.
In 1987, Carol joined Apostolic Faith Home Assembly in Los Angeles, where she was saved and filled with the Holy Spirit and faithfully served on several ministries, until she moved to the Inland Empire in 2012. Carol loved the Lord with all her heart, mind, body, and soul and always prayed and encouraged others to pray as well. Carol was a beautiful, kind, caring, self-less, friendly, loving person and was always willing to help others. She unapologetically shared her faith and had an infectious laugh and a gorgeous smile. Carol loved spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren! She was an affectionate and hands-on “Nina”. Carol loved to dance and listen to music, especially gospel. She was a natural born nurturer and a lover of people. Everywhere she went, she either knew someone or made a new friend. She was the most forgiving person as well, never holding grudges and always seeing the best in others.
On October 3, 2019, Carol was diagnosed with lung cancer. She put her trust in God and prepared to fight this disease with everything she had. Her daughter, Ciara, requested she move with her in Houston, TX to receive treatment at the top cancer treatment hospital in the nation, MD Anderson Cancer Center. She made the move in January 2020. During the 7 months of chemo treatments and hospitalizations, she remained vigilant in her faith, often saying “my life and this situation is in God’s hands.” Carol did not worry about the outcome of her diagnosis because she knew God would heal her in His time and in His way. Our Heavenly Father did just that, He healed her in His way by taking her home.
Carol Evett Harrington leaves to cherish her memory with four children; Lathon Horton and his wife, Akira Horton, of Carrollton, TX; Ciara Horton Whitman of Houston, TX; Roderick Horton of Minnesota; and, Sabrena Horton of Spring, TX. Her living siblings include Jonathan Harrington, Modise Shipman, and Allan Shipman, SR (brother-in-law) of Bristow, VA. Her six grandchildren include Willie Horton, Peyton, Kyndal and Cassidy Whitman, Christian Carmouche’, and Kylon Ridgway. Her children’s father, former lover, and best friend, Lathan Horton. She had many God-children including James and Melissa Young, Taylar Johnson, Leroy Meggerson II, and Michael Gooden, Jr. Carol had a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and associates whom she loved.
The family of Carol Harrington with deepest appreciation would like to thank you for the prayers, phone calls, text messages, monetary gifts, social media posts, cards, plants, and flowers. You have been a blessing to our hearts during this most difficult time with your kind words and thoughtful actions. Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so very much, whatever your part.
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