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Joe Mack Russell Sr.

Published 12:55am Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Funeral Services for Joe Mack Russell Sr., 74, of Picayune, who passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012, will be held Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 10:00 am at Union Baptist Church.

Burial will be in Union Baptist Cemetery under the direction of McDonald Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 14, 2012 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at McDonald Funeral Home. Bro. Brian Tatum and Bro. Danny Boudreaux will officiate the service.

A native of Darlove, Miss., he was self employed throughout his life providing a variety of services for his customers. Joe was a member of Union Baptist Church and a past Master of Carriere Masonic Lodge #445, and a past Patron of Carriere Chapter #105 Order of the Eastern Star. He was a former member of the Joppa Temple of the Shriner’s in Picayune. Joe was a very loving husband and a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved his family very much and he always put them first. He worked hard supporting his family both spiritually and financially his whole life. He did not believe in taking a day off, he worked throughout his life to give his family a better life. He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by: his parents, Edwin Devit Russell and Myrtis Lucille Boyd Russell; his son, Joe Mack Russell Jr.; his three brothers, James W. Russell, Don L. Russell, Edwin Harold Russell; his sister, Jessie Myrhl Horton; his daughter in law, Angela Porter Russell; and his son-in-law, William Lee Frizzell.

Survivors include: his wife of 45 years, Iris E. Martin Russell; his two daughters, Janet Russell Richard and her husband Jim, and Beverly Stewart Frizzell; his three sons, Michael R. Stewart and his wife Ilene, James Boyd Russell, and Edwin Milton Russell and his wife Tammy; his three brothers, Boyd R. Russell and his wife Mona, Robert E. Russell, and Larry L. Russell; his 26 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; his daughter-in-law, Donna Palmer Russell; and his loyal friend, Darryle Whitfield who was like another son.

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