Services for Mr. Fred “Clinton” Russell will be on held Wednesday, 10:30 am, April 22, 2009 at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur, Ms. Reverend Stan Buckley and Reverend Mark Vincent will officiate with burial in the Decatur Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 21, 2009 from 5:30 pm- 8 pm at Milling Funeral Home of Union and one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at Clarke-Venable Baptist Church (9:30 am- 10:30 am).
Mr. Russell, 75, of Decatur, died Monday, April 20, 2009 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, MS. Mr. Russell worked as physical plant director at East Central Community College. He was an active member on Gideons International, Newton County Chapter. He served as a deacon and trustee of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church. Mr. Russell was elected Citizen of the Year by the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. He received the Golden Deed Award by the Exchange Club and was honored by East Central Community College by having the Maintenance Facility Complex named in his honor. His passion was spreading God’s word through the ministry of the Gideons and through the ministries of his local church. He never tired of seeing the joy in the face of a person receiving a Gideon Bible for the first time.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Barbara Jo Davidson Russell, his daughter, Lynn Hayes and husband George, his son, Randy Russell and wife, Sherri, his son-in-law, Frank Shock, his grandchildren, Hunter and Joy Hayes, Betsy and Barron Hagerman, Forrest Shock, Victoria, Caroline and Christopher Russell, sister, Grace Davis, sister-in-law, Nancy Russell, brother-in-law, Donald Davidson and his wife, Carolyn, and sister-in-law, Hilda Joy McBeath and her husband, Adrian, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Russell Shock, his parents, Elmer and Clara Russell, his brothers, Mason Russell and his wife Lavern, Otis Russell, his twin brother Clois Russell, and brother-in-law, Hubert Davis.
The Family request that memorials be made to the Newton County Gideons, PO Box 297, Newton, Ms. 39345 and the Clarke-Venable Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 308, Decatur, MS. 39327.