Richard Larry Russell Sr.
Richard Larry Russell, Sr., 79, of Madison, MS (formerly of Holly Springs), died Friday, August 9, 2019, at St. Dominic hospital after a lengthy illness. Born and raised in Hurricane, MS, he graduated from Hurricane High School as a standout athlete. He attended Itawamba and Northwest Junior College where he played basketball. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, Larry was a teacher and coach for several years in North Mississippi, later working in management in the manufacturing industry. Larry served in the Mississippi National Guard for 25 years retiring as a Major. He loved spending time outdoors, working in his yard, and watching his grandchildren in their sporting events. His biggest enjoyment has been his grandchildren.
Mr. Russell is survived by his daughter, Kecia Yelverton (Gene) of Ridgeland; and his son, Dr. Richard Russell, Jr. (Karen) of Madison; four grandchildren, Anna Kathryn, Rachel, and Trey Russell and Ivey Yelverton; sister, Sandra Young (Herman) of Holly Springs; brother, Garner Russell (Patti) of Pass Christian. He was preceded in death by his parents Annie Ruth and Autry Russell and sister Kay Wells.
Visitation was held Sunday, August 11, 2019, at Natchez Trace Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and again Monday from 1 until 2 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate his life was held Monday at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Interment with Military Honors followed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy through their website @parentprojectmd.org.