Jamie Russell, 81, of Hope, died Sunday, January 20, 2013, in his home, surrounded by family. Mr. Russell was born May 9, 1931, to Clifford and Cora Russell.
He was a loving husband, father, brother and mentor to many. He worked as a farmer, county official, business owner and was employed at Myers Bakery and Yerger Middle School. He loved working the farm with his special friend Frank and having coffee with friends and playing dominoes. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Century Bible Sunday School Class for 52 years.
He was also a member of Woodmen of the World Lodge No. 28 and was retired from the Arkansas National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Gregory Byron Russell; granddaughter, Stephanie Susanne Butler; and great-great-granddaughter, Bentley Grace Rodden.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joyce; two daughters, Janice Russell and Sue Gilbert and husband, Billy, of Hope; five granddaughters, Lauri Mathis and husband, Thomas, of Hope, Jami Crow and husband, Jason, of Hot Springs, Samantha Stroud, of Arkadelphia, Billie Tallman and husband, Andy, of Reno, Nevada, and Barb McLeod and husband, Arick, of Soldotna, Alaska; one grandson-in-law, Charles Butler, of Sheridan; great-grandchildren, Steven and Seslie Rodden, of Wheeling, West Virginia, Jordan and Brett Rodden, of Texarkana, Hunter and Drake Mathis, of Hope, Abigail and Adyson Crow, of Hot Springs, Brianna Butler, of Sheridan, and Aric Tallman, of Reno, Nevada; great-great-granddaughter, Makiah Chambers, of Texarkana; brother and sister-in-law, Billy Grant and Evelyn Russell, of Dallas, Texas; sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Don Jones, of Nashville; brother-in-law, Earl Ray and Brenda Murphy, of Carrolton, Texas; and nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends and special friend, Jimmy Gladden.
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 22, from 5-7 p.m. at Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home in Hope.
Services will be Wednesday, January 23, at 10 a.m. in the Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Century Bible Sunday School Class at The First United Methodist Church, 2300 South Main, Hope, Ar., 71801.