James Russell

James Dewey Russell

Tuesday, June 28th, 1932 - Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
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Tuesday night around 7:00 pm, James Russell met his heavenly Father face to face after a brief illness at the age of 89.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, March 20, 2020 at Mt. Zion Independent Baptist Church Cemetery in Cottonwood with Pastor Richard Smith officiating and Glover Funeral Home of Dothan directing.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN, 38105.

The family will receive friends following the graveside service.

James was born June 6, 1932, in Albemarle, NC. James worked at Cummings Diesel in Charlotte, NC for 30 years and retired from Action Truck Center where he worked as a diesel mechanic for 11 years. He was most proud of being a proud patriot and a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict where he achieved the rank of corporal. He was a proud member of Calvary Baptist Church where he and Betty were loved and prayed for daily by its loving members, especially Pastor Richard Smith, who was always available to bring God’s love and strength to them.

He is predeceased by his parents Walter and Millie Russell, his brothers Marshall, Charlie and Floyd; his stepson Dennis Hancock and grandchildren Brian and Anna Hancock.

He will be lovingly remembered by his loving wife of 35 years, Betty Jones Russell and his 4 stepchildren: Jenny (David) Barwick, Susan Foister, Diane (Howard) Tyson, Linda (Raymon) Meadows; 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.

We would like to especially thank the Southern Care Hospice for all their love and care, especially his nurses-“his two Linda’s”: Linda Lightner and Linda Pouncey.
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Service Details

  • Graveside

    Friday, March 20th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Friday, March 20th, 2020 3:00pm
    Mt. Zion Independant Baptist Church Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Pastor Richard Smith
  • Interment

    Friday, March 20th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Friday, March 20th, 2020 3:00pm
    Mt. Zion Independant Baptist Church Cemetery
    Mt. Zion Road
    Gordon, Alabama
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Kris Lynn

Posted at 10:10am
I was so sorry to hear of Jim's passing on Tuesday evening. I met Jim and Betty while volunteering at Catholic Social Services. Jim quickly became a regular part of the "Pantry Gang." Jim lived his Christian faith through his volunteer efforts with the Gang. Even as his health declined, he bravely struggled into CSS, to give us a hand stocking shelves and repackaging Food Bank bakery goods.
In talking with Jim, it was clear that he loved his wife, Betty, with all his heart. His care (of her) demonstrated this love, even as her health (and his) declined. I hope that he has found his place in heaven and that the ills of his later years have been washed away.
Kris Lynn

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