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James Edgar Russell Jr.


James Edgar Russell Jr., 76, of Kingston, Okla., was born June 2, 1944 in Wayne, Okla., to James Edgar Sr. and Pearl (Neasbitt) Russell, and peacefully passed away Saturday, November 14, 2020 in Fort Gibson, Okla.

James received his formal education and graduated from Wayne High School in Wayne, Okla. He then enlisted in the United States Navy on February 3, 1966, where he served his country as a Corpsman, and received an honorable discharge on February 2, 1968.

He later met and married the love of his life Judith Ann Villines on February 15, 1974 in Oklahoma City, Okla., where they shared 46 years of precious memories together. They lived in the Oklahoma City area for 40 years.

In 1991, James started his career with the U.S. Marshall Service flying Boeing 727, 737, MD80 and Sabre Liner Beech HS 125 and retired as a Captain in 2013.

James and Judith moved to Lake Texoma after retiring. He enjoyed fishing, sitting on the porch looking at the beautiful view, visiting with his brother Ken, tinkering in his shop and watching the birds fly by. His passions included flying different aircraft and boats as well as fishing with his grandkids.

James is lovingly survived by his wife, Judith of the home; son, Jason Robert Russell and wife, Keri June, of Weatherford, Texas; daughter, Tiffani Ann Perry and husband, Darren, of Fort Gibson, Okla.; grandchildren, Elle Ann and Kate June Russell of Weatherford, Texas; Noah Duane and Holli Marie Perry of Fort Gibson, Okla.; sister, Eddie Bee Baker of Alex, Okla.; brother, Kenneth Ray Russell and wife, Adonna, of Kingston, Okla.; extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Pearl Russell; brother, Willie Carl Russell; and his brother in law, Wesley Luther Baker.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial contributions in James E. Russell Jr. name to Rosedale Cemetery c/o Brent Boles, 14365 Luper St., Rosedale, OK 74831.

A graveside service Celebrating the Life of James E. Russell Jr. will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2020 at Rosedale Cemetery in Rosedale, Okla., with Dr. Henry Petree officiating.

The family of James Edgar Russell Jr. has entrusted his care, service and burial to Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson, Okla., 918-478-2555.

Online condolences may be left for the family at clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com.