CHARLESTON -- Russell Junior Smith, 79, left for his heavenly home at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2006, from his residence in Charleston, Missouri.
Mr. Smith was born July 6, 1927, in Colbert County, Alabama, to Samuel Ervin Smith and Neva Virginia Rutherford Smith. After serving as a corporal in the Army, he moved to Charleston with his parents in December of 1950. There he met and married Ava Nell Sims in May of 1953. Russell owned and operated Russell Smith Painting and Drywall for over 50 years and was elected sheriff of Mississippi County in 1980.
Russell was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jane Russell Smith; two brothers, Ralph Smith and Raymond Smith; two sisters, Ruby Turkula and an infant sister; and his in-laws, Clyde and Bessie Sims.
He is survived by: his wife of 53 years; three sons, Larry R. Smith and wife, Robin, of Charleston, Mickey J. Smith and wife, Pam, of Union City, Tenn., and Casey S. Smith and wife, Carolyn, of Nashville, Tenn.; two daughters, Judy K. Morehead and husband, Stan, of Dothan, Ala., and Kathy J. Browning and husband, Jimmy, of Charleston; nine grandchildren and four great-
grandchildren; one brother, Ray Smith of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; two sisters, Rachel Mix of Charleston and Reba Laster of Miner; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the McMikle Funeral Home in Charleston on Friday, November 3, from 4 p.m. until time for the memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Michael Brewer, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Charleston and Stan Morehead of Dothan, Ala., will officiate.
The family would like to thank Martha Murray and Anita Brazell for their kindness and assistance over the last year.
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Memorial contributions may be sent to:
Tri County Group XV 1226 Linn Street Sikeston, MO 68301
VNA Hospice 1218 Linn Street Sikeston, MO 63801