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Harry E. RussellPassing: March 21, 2023


Bonds Chapel

Funeral Service

Friday, March 24th @ 11:00am


Chastain Funeral Home

Thursday, March 23rd @ 4:00pm-7:00pm


Bonds Chapel Cemetery

Friday, March 23rd

MITCHELL – Harry Eugene Russell, 85, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2023, at Westview Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Born November 26, 1937, in Mitchell, he was the son of John and Mae (Terry) Russell.  He married Mary Lee Lofland on July 8, 2000.

Harry retired after 32 plus years from Carpenter Body Work. After retirement, he mowed county roads for the Lawrence County Highway Department. Harry was a lifelong farmer and helped his father operate a saw-mill from the age of 14. He was a member of Bonds Chapel, a skilled wood craftsman, and an avid fisherman. Harry loved auctions and IU Basketball. He had a sense of humor that could always brighten any get-together.

His dream was to retire and travel to help people. Harry found his dream through mission teams with his church and Orange County Habitat for Humanity to clean up and rebuild.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Russell of Mitchell; children, Sandy (Jack) Leatherman, Alan (Julia) Russell, Steve (Dawn) Lofland, and  Randall (Lisa) Lofland; eight grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and siblings, Sharon Egger, Juanita Jean, and Sue (Wayne) Holt.

His parents and siblings, John Russell, Rosie Johnson, and Naomi Beebe, preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 24, at Bonds Chapel with Reverend Robert Martindale officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at Chastain Funeral Home and Cremation Center, and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Friday at Bonds Chapel.

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6 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Richard Wykoff | Bedford
    Date: March 23, 2023
    To Alan and family , sorry to hear about Harry, he always made me smile with a joke and his quick wit. He will be missed by all.
  2. Guest: Valerie Rodenbucher | Randolph, OH
    Date: March 23, 2023
    I remember his smile and the love and kindness he radiated. He was genuine and cared about getting to know you and sharing his knowledge with humility. Good memories of looking for persimmons and cleaning fish ;). Rest in Peace dear soul.
  3. Guest: Jackie (Kimble)Grimes | Salem
    Date: March 22, 2023
    So sorry to hear of Harry's passing. Prayers and Condolences to his family and friends. I worked with Harry at Carpenters and he always had a joke or two to tell. Just a really great guy. 🙏🙏
  4. Guest: Michi Mayabb | Montgomery City, MO
    Date: March 22, 2023
    I'm sorry for your loss. Great uncle Harry will be missed
  5. Guest: Becky Taylor Mayabb | Springfield Mo
    Date: March 22, 2023
    Uncle Harry, will be missing you 😞. You were always a delight to visit with. I always enjoyed watching IU basketball 🏀 games with you. Mary Lee so very sorry for your loss. Sandy and Alan so very sorry that your dad has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Love ❤ Ya all Becky
  6. Guest: Cathy ( Johnson) Wilcoxen | Springfield, MO
    Date: March 21, 2023
    My dear Uncle Harry. You will be missed by so many. Alan & Sandy, we are so sorry for your loss. R.I.P. Uncle Harry.