Fallen Hero: SGM Roy Laron Russell, III (Ret)


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Stringer Funeral Home

28023 MS-28 Hazlehurst, MS
(601) 894-1331


Saturday, 2-4 pm, February 10, 2024, Stringer Funeral Home, Hazlehurst.


Saturday, 4 pm, February 10, 2024, Stringer Funeral Home, Hazlehurst.


Military Service Tribute, Honors, and Obituary 

Recognizing and Honoring a Fallen Hero, Who Served Within the Mississippi National Guard. “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten”

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 February 28, 2024, and has moved on to his heavenly home.  SGM Roy L. Russell, III (Ret), age 70, who had served in the MSARNG within the 106th Support Battalion and HQ STARC/JFH has departed and gone to a better place with our good Lord.  SGM had worked full-time at the USPFO Supply and Services Division in various positions to ultimately be the Warehouse Supervisor.

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, sacrifices, 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, our 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.

Another great Soldier has gone home, “Fallen, Yet Not Forgotten, Soldier for Life”.

Obituary, Visitation, and Service details:  

Roy Laron Russell, III, 70, passed away January 28, 2024. Visitation will be 2pm-4pm Saturday, February 10, 2024, at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurst. The memorial service will begin at 4pm in Stringer Family Chapel.

Mr. Russell graduated from the Wesson Attendance Center and attended Copiah Lincoln Community College. He served full time for 32 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard and was Command Sergeant Major. Mr. Russell enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working cows.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Leeann O. Russell; parents, Roy and Bobby Russell; and brother, Bobby Wayne Russell. He is survived by his son, Roy “Laron” Russell, IV (Mendy) of Wesson; daughter, Jennifer Russell Norman (Will) of Wesson; brother, Bill Russell (Becky) of Wesson; sister, Rita Russell Jackson (Jimmy) of Hazlehurst; grandchildren, Leah Grace Norman, Cecilia “Cece” Roberts, and Jenna Ellis (Charles); and great grandchildren, Hunter.