William Eli Russell

William Eli Russell

Angelina County, Texas, USA
Death 12 Sep 1952 (aged 77)
Angelina County, Texas, USA
Burial Huntington, Angelina County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 37455866 · View Source
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Eli was the grandson of early Huntington pioneers, James Eason Russell #86923560
and Caroline Welch Russell #86923394

I am still searching for the obituary, but I do know that his funeral was held in The First Baptist Church of Huntington, Tx. According to one of his children, it was a very large funeral, all the business' in town, with the exception of one, closed that day. It was said that there were many people and flowers just lined the church, that the person "had never seen so many flowers".

According to stories, Eli loved flowers and I think he would have been happy to have been so well remembered.

From all that I have heard of him, he was a good, kind, and honorable man. Stories told were that During The Great Depression, his family didn't suffer as they could have because he was very resourceful, finding many different ways to provide for them. They sold cane syrup, among other things. The story goes that one room was devoted to the syrup and it was filled until it was all gone. He was a woodsman, a hog hunter, a farmer, tended to many sick animals in the community, had his own blacksmith shop (which to this day remains with family) and even did some dentistry work for people in the community.

Taken from Eli's Memorial Book

Services: First Baptist Church Huntington, TX
Services: Sept. 12, 1952 at 2:00 PM ***

***Possibly they entered the date of death instead of the date of service?***

Officiating Clergy:
Cecil Morton, Bro. Dan Ivy, Rev. F. D. Choppin, Rev. Floyd Kitchens

Baptist Church Choir
Abide With Me

Christian Church Quartet:
When They Ring Those Golden Bells

Bill Sharp
Robert Earl Nerren
Joe Byrd Nerren
Boliver Ivy, Jr
Calvert Olds
W. R. Tanksley


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  • Added: 24 May 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 37455866
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Eli Russell (13 Apr 1875–12 Sep 1952), Find a Grave Memorial no. 37455866, citing Jonesville Cemetery, Huntington, Angelina County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Never Forgotten (contributor 48409746) .