Lloyd Marion Russell

Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Lloyd Marion Russell

Lloyd Marion Russell, 101, of Piggott, passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2010, in Jonesboro.

He was born Sept. 27, 1908, in Carterville, Ill., and was the son of the late Thomas A. and Jennie (Latta) Russell.

He was a graduate of Piggott High School and attended Southern Illinois University. He ultimately graduated from Embalming School in St. Louis, Mo.

He was united in marriage to Hazel Parrish Ellis on Nov. 14, 1933, and to this union two daughters were born.

After marrying Hazel, they together established Russell Mortuary in Piggott. Lloyd also served the community well by holding position as an officer in the Arkansas State Burial Association and the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association for many years. He also helped organize the first Chamber of Commerce in Piggott and the Piggott Lions Club and was a charter member of the Sugar Creek Country Club. He has since been recognized as one of Piggott's "Men of Vision" by a marble monument in the Town Square.

Lloyd was a member of the Church of Christ, where he served as an Elder for many years. He also was an avid sportsman and cattleman. Lloyd and Hazel loved to travel. Together with others, they traveled the United States frequently.

After more than 60 years of marriage, his wife, Hazel Parrish Russell, preceded him in death on Jan. 7, 1994. He was also preceded in death by parents, Thomas A. and Jennie Russell; two sisters, Dorothy Heidbreder and Emma Lou Morgan, and two brothers, Leslie Russell and Dr. Ivan Lee Russell.

Survivors include his daughters, Betty Russell of Piggott and Marian Nabors and husband Dr. Tom Nabors, Sr. of Dixon, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Dr. Tommy Nabors and wife Lesley, Anne Phelps and husband Greg and Russell Nabors, all of Nashville, Tenn.; five great-grandchildren, Wright Nabors, Brett Nabors, Sophie Nabors, Ralston Phelps and Reid Phelps; many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 18, at Hoggard and Sons Chapel with Jerry Morgan officiating. Burial was in Piggott Cemetery in Piggott. Pallbearers were Dr. Tom Nabors, Sr., Dr. Tommy Nabors, Russell Nabors, Greg Phelps, Don Roeder and Joe Tate. Visitation was held Thursday evening at the funeral home. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home of Piggott was in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Children's Homes, Inc. 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, Ark., 72450, or the Piggott Public Library, 361 West Main Street, Piggott, Ark., 72454.

Online condolences may be posted at www.hoggardfuneralhome.com