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Burl Russell

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Burl Russell, age 96, of Austonio, passed away Friday, January 24, 2020 in Community Care Nursing Home in Crockett. Burl was born December 7, 1923 in Huntington to parents, Joshua Russell and Jennie Clark Russell. He was World War II veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of the 51st. Air Corp. Burl has owned and operated the White Rock Nursery for 55 years and was a member of the Nurserymen Convention also serving on the Farm Bureau Board of Directors for 40 years.

Burl is survived by son, Brooks Russell and wife, Linda of Lufkin; daughter, Martha Russell of Crockett; son, Michael Russell and wife, Rhonda of Shreveport, LA; grandchildren, Robert Russell and wife, Casey of Huntington, Taylor Russell of San Augustine, Madelynn Grace Russell of Shreveport; step-grandchildren, Master Sergeant Luke Ham and wife, April of Jonestown; Gerald Richards and wife, Meagan of Longview, Brittany Ray USN CE2 (SCW/EXW) and husband, Kevin Ray USN CE2 (SCW) of San Diego, CA; great-grandchildren, Rylie Russell of Huntington, Karis Russell of Huntington, Preslie Russell of Huntington, Carter Russell of Huntington; step-great-grandchildren, Kellan, Sarah, and Sully Ham, Joey, Abrielle, Peyton, and Aubrey Richards; sisters-in-law, Deanna Thomas of Huntington, Syble Russell of Lufkin; close friends, Dennis Leland Family of Austonio, Darrell Downing Family of Austonio.  He was preceded in death by wife, Margie Beth Hayes Russell; parents, Joshua and Jennie Russell; brothers, B. L. Russell, Josh Russell; sisters, Letha Smith, Myrtle Trawick, Esther Holand; step-grandson, Brad Michael Ham.

Funeral services for Burl Russell will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 27, 2020 in the Callaway-Allee Memorial Chapel in Crockett with Brother Michael Russell officiating. Graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. in the Huntington Cemetery in Huntington, TX.   Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 2:00 p. m. to 5:00 p.m.

Online condolences may be at www.callawayallee.com

CALLAWAY-ALLEE FUNERAL HOME

 

7 Comments
  1. Your Daddy was a good man. I will miss seeing him. You are all in my prayers.

  2. Condolences to the family. Daddy Burl was a joy and pleasure to have known. May the Lord bless you and keep you.

  3. I FIRST MET BROTHER BURL ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, WHEN I VISITED THE UNION PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. I NOTICED HIS FIRM RESOLVE AND HUMBLE DISPOSITION. HE HAS BEEN DEAR TO MY HEART EVERY SINCE. I REMEMBER HIS GIFT AND LOVE FOR THE OLD HYMNS OF FAITH. EVERY TIME WE SING # 184 IN THE LLOYD’S HYMN BOOK, DRESSED UNIFORM THE SOLDIERS ARE, I THINK FONDLY OF BROTHER BURL. HE WAS DRESSED WITH THAT UNIFORM THAT MAN CAN NOT PUT ON. MAY GOD RECONCILE YOUR FAMILY TO HIS WILL IS MY PRAYER.

  4. I FIRST MET BROTHER BURL ABOUT TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO WHEN I VISITED THE UNION PRIMITIVE BAPTIST ASSOCIATION. I WAS STRUCK WITH HIS FIRM RESOLVE AND HUMBLE SPIRIT. HE POSSED A BLESSED GIFT AND LOVE FOR THE HYMNS OF PRAISE. WHEN WE SING # 184 IN OUR LLOYD’S HYMN BOOK, DRESSED UNIFORM THE SOLDIERS ARE, I THINK FONDLY OF BROTHER BURL. HE WAS DRESSED WITH THAT UNIFORM THAT MAN CAN NOT PUT ON HIMSELF. MAY GOD RECONCILE YOUR FAMILY TO HIS HOLY WILL.

  5. Loved Mr. Russell..So sweet and kind. He is greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

  6. Like Brother Hopkins mentions above, “Dressed uniform the soldiers are” reminds me of Burl. I love that song, and I learned it from Burl. I enjoyed singing with Burl these many years now — probably about 40 — and rejoice that he has graduated to the Heavenly Choir. I am so sad at this moment that the circumstances of God’s Providence keep me from attending this good man’s funeral services. I pray God’s blessings and comfort may be with the family and friends, may God’s grace be with you all during the services, and may God enable Brother Mike to speak the word.

    Many a time at the Sacred Harp singings Burl led the following, which many who knew him will remember fondly:

    A poor wayfaring man of grief
    Hath often passed me on my way,
    Who sued so humbly for relief
    That I could never answer nay.
    I had not power to ask his name,
    Whither he went, or whence he came;
    Yet there was something in his eye
    That won my love; I knew not why.

  7. Mike, Jack and I are sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. We will be praying for you and the family

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