Donald Reid Russell
Donald Reid Russell
  • April 3, 1933 - May 26, 2017
  • Thaxton, Mississippi

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Dr. Donald Reid Russell, 84, of Thaxton, MS, passed away peacefully, Friday, May 26, 2017, surrounded
by his family.
Donald Russell was born April 3, 1933 in Thaxton to Lillian Cole Russell and Edgar Clay Russell. He was
delivered by Dr. Reid, which is the origin of the middle name of many family members.

He graduated as class president from Thaxton High School in 1951. He was in the U.S. Naval Reserve
Cadet training until 1954 before continuing his education. Donald attended Holmes Jr. College and
graduated from Delta State with a bachelor of Science degree where he was on basketball scholarship.

He received his master's and doctor's degree in Science from The University of Mississippi where he
taught Biology, Botany, and Anatomy and Physiology until retirement. Dr. Russell met Ann Burrell at
Holmes Jr. College and they married September 15, 1954.

Although he taught at Ole Miss, his real love was raising cattle, horses and growing things. In fact, he
grew and nurtured five children; Barry Reid (Regina), Johnny Clay (Marcia), James Timothy, Sheila Gail
Morton (Mike), Rhonda Diane Robertson (Mike). His family was most important to him and he couldn't
wait to see his grandchildren and great grandchildren. They are as listed: Reid and Regina's children:
Leslie and Scott Hale, their children Ainsley and Noah, Cole and Kelli Russell and their daughter Anna
Rose, Ben and Allison Russell and children Jackson and Grady, Austin and Emily Russell and daughter, Ivy
Reid. Clay and Marcia's children: Matt Russell, Evan and Tracy Russell, Will and Michelle Russell, Emily
and Mark Vandiver with children, Lyla Kate and Linley; Gail and Mike's children: Tristan Morton, Lydia
and Jeremy Lytal; children, Greyson and Max. Russell and Katrina Morton and children, Cole and Jack;
Rhonda and Mike's children: Stuart Robertson, Bethany and John Hoggard, Madison and Jeremy Abbott
and their children Ethan, Sadie, and Emma.

He is also survived by his brother Bobby Clay Russell. Sister and brother-in-laws: Carolyn and George
(Book) Thomas, Sue and Jeff Jeter and sister-in-law, Rita Russell.

Donald also enjoyed his nieces and nephews and held them in high regard.

He is preceded in death by his daughter, Gwen Russell, and parents, Lillian and Edgar Russell; sister:
Latona Jane Russell, brother, Johnny Cole Russell, sister, Genie Falkner and brother-in-law, Don (Sparky)

A memorial service will be held on Monday, May 29, 2017, at Bellevue Baptist Church in Thaxton, MS.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 am with a service to follow at 11:00 am.