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“Prayers to you, David, and family. I am so sorry for your loss. We always loved to see you and Rusty at church and enjoyed your friendly spirits....Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Meggan and Houston Franks - MS

“We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Eddy & Joyce ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Joyce Vaughn - Ackerman, MS

“Lifting up prayers for all the family during this difficult time. ”
3 of 11 | Posted by: Linda Jenkins - Ackerman, MS

“Thinking of you at this difficult time.Sheila Adams ”
4 of 11 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss. Love you Simpson family. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Holly Robertson

“I worked with Rusty in ICU from 1982-1986. I cherish all our memories together. He was a true friend, so funny and smart and loved animals. We...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Liz Robinson - Pascagoula, MS

“We will miss you dearly Uncle Rusty. Thank you for always making us laugh. Rest in peace. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Chris and Cody Curry - Memphis, TN

“I will miss you dearly, you are one of a kind. So thankful for all the memories I have of you.. Rest in paradise Uncle Rusty. ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Chrystal Curry - Memphis, TN

“So sorry to hear of your home going. Praying for the family. Will miss you always. ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Pam Thomas - Louisville, MS

“Rusty and I were singing and piano playing buddies many years ago during high school and college years. My condolences!!!! My prayers are with you...Read More »
10 of 11 | Posted by: Pam Varner Woodson - Atlanta, GA

“RIP Classmate! ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Kenneth Childress - Carrollton, TX


Russell Burbage "Rusty" King passed through the gates of Heaven on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at North Mississippi Medical Center - Tupelo. Rusty was born on April 21, 1959 in Ackerman, Mississippi to C.B. (Red) and Mae (Perry) King. Rusty was a gifted musician, beginning to play the piano at the age of 4. He enjoyed singing and playing for others everywhere he went, both privately and publicly. As a youth he and his friends formed a gospel group, The Chester Quartet, and performed all over the state. Rusty graduated from Ackerman High School in 1977. He later attended Wood Junior College in Mathiston, Mississippi, before transferring to the Lowenberg School of Nursing at Memphis State University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1982. During his studies, he completed his internship with Methodist Hospitals of Memphis. After working at various hospitals in the Memphis area, Rusty received a Masters of Science in Nursing from Arkansas State University in 1995. He was a member of Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing at Arkansas State. After leaving Memphis he became a professor of Nursing at Pensacola (FL) Community College, and then transferred to Mississippi University for Women, where he instructed students clinical and robotic patient simulation. He retired from MUW in 2017. Rusty was also an active member of University Baptist Church in Starkville. He leaves behind his loving partner of 30 years, David Ellington of Ackerman; mother, Mae King of Ackerman; brother, Mike (Ann) King of Ackerman; sister, Pam (Woody) Simpson of Ackerman; three beloved dogs, Minnie, Jax, and Tyson; seven nieces and nephews, as well as several great-nieces and nephews, and many good friends and colleagues. Rusty is predeceased by his father, C.B. (Red) King of Ackerman; and brother, Frank King, also of Ackerman. Visitation services will be held at Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman on Tuesday, September 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., with funeral services to follow, and internment at South Union Methodist Cemetery. Memorials may be made University Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5371, Mississippi State, MS 39762 or to the Oktibbeha County Humane Society, 510 Industrial Road Park, Starkville, MS 39759.

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Coleman Funeral Home
9150 Highway 12 E Ackerman, MS 39735
Tel. (662) 285-6628

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