A memorial service was held for Jerry C. Russell of Zavalla, Texas on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Lakewood Baptist Church.

A memorial service was held for Jerry C. Russell of Zavalla, Texas on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Lakewood Baptist Church.

Mr. Russell went to be with the Lord on February 16, in Lufkin, Texas.  He was born May 12, 1938, in Ft. Scott Kansas.  Jerry grew up in Parsons with his parents Claude and Gertrude Russell.  He lived and worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Pittsburg Kansas for many years.  Jerry moved to Texas in 1980 as the manager of a restaurant until his retirement.  He retired in Zavalla, Texas on Lake Sam Rayburn to enjoy his lifelong love of fishing.

Mr. Russell was preceded in death by his father and mother, Claude and Gertrude Russell, and a step-sister Susie Costner.

He is survived by his wife Betty, step-mother Leona, daughter Gail Russell Stafford and husband Bret, son Steve Russell and wife Della, son Jeff Russell and wife Shantel, all of Texas.  Step-brothers Fred and wife Jana, Jim, step sisters Phyllis, Jeri and husband Gary.  Step daughters Mandy Hesse, Jenny Green and husband Nick, step-sons Kenneth and wife Jenny, and Chris (Red).  Grandchildren Robyn Paiz and husband Sam, John DeLao and wife Carolyn, Shane and Trent Stafford, Christan Delaney and husband Justin, Wade Russell, Brian Russell, Shelby Powers and husband Michael, Jessie Whitaker, David Whitaker and wife Stormie, Hudson and Electra Hesse, Chastity and Jackie McCoy, MaKayla, McKenzie and Cameron Hughes, and 12 great grandchildren.