Fallen Hero: SFC(Ret) James (Bud) K. Russell

Silver Creek

Funeral Home

Hawthorn Funeral Home

Columbia, MS


Tuesday, September 07, 2021, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and 1-2 pm, Wednesday, Hepzibah Baptist Church, 126 Hepzibah Lane, Silver Creek, MS


Wednesday, September 08, 2021, 2 PM, Hepzibah Baptist Church, 126 Hepzibah Lane, Silver Creek, MS


Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard

In recognition of our proud American tradition of honorable service which our military men and women have given to their country and our State, we honor a Fallen Hero. Our nation, our state, and the National Guard Association of MS (NGAMS) regard the memorializing of its retired military deceased as an honorable and sacred obligation. 

Another great Soldier and Fallen Hero has been released from duty, passed from our ranks on September 4, 2021, and moved on to his heavenly home. SFC(Ret) James (Bud) K. Russell, age 84, a retired member of the MS Army National Guard who had served within the HHC, 106th SupportBattalion, 155th Armored Brigade and worked full-time as a recruiter, has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.

It takes a special person to serve within the military for their country, giving up their family time, comfort, and safety for their country, ultimately for all Americans to enjoy their freedoms, safety, and way of life.  We now applaud you for your service to our country.  A special message from General Douglas McArthur remains applicable today for our servicemen that have passed:  “Old Soldiers never die; they just fade away”.

Rest in Peace Soldier.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.  Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so boldly, shine so bright and live so free.

You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels, go rest high on that mountain; your work on earth is done.  Go to heaven a-shoutin’ Love for the Father and the Son.


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at Hepzibah Baptist Church in Silver Creek for James Keith Russell, 84, of Silver Creek, who passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021 at Lawrence County Hospital. Interment will be at Hepzibah Baptist Church Cemetery. Bros. Matt Robinson and Rusty Kuhn will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 and from 12:00 pm up until service time on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, all at Hepzibah Baptist Church.Mr. Bud served our nation faithfully as an active member of the United States Army for 42 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved his animals…horses, goats, and especially his dog, Missy. Whether he was carrying the bride away in style from a wedding or just taking the grandchildren on trail rides, Bud was passionate about taking horse and buggy rides. His greatest love was spending quality time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelby and Eunice Russell; and one Sister, Doris Hedgepeth. He is survived by his Wife of 64 years, Faye Russell‚ of Silver Creek; two Sons, Eddie Russell (Jawana), of Brookhaven, Larry Russell (Gianni), of Silver Creek; one Daughter, Lacey Sanders (Seth), of Monticello; two Sisters, Joyce Mullen, of Pearl, Mary Emily Lambert, of Ridgeland; one Granddaughter, Faith Russell; and eight Grandsons, Keith Russell (Kellie), Hank Russell (Christi), Jacob Russell (Virginia), Benjamin “Ben” Russell (Shelby), Nathan Russell (Caleigh), James App Sanders, Rhys Sanders, Lane Sanders.

Pallbearers will be John Branton, Mike Sandifer, Lessie Butler, J.E. Parkman, Kenneth Smith, Cliff Butler, Phillip Langston, and Bruce Turnage. Honorary pallbearers will be Bo Benson and Bud Ladd.

Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia is in charge of the arrangements. Family and friends may sign an online guestbook at www.hathornfuneralhome.com