Family Funeral Care


James Carrol Russell

June 4, 1942March 31, 2021

James Carrol Russell, 78, passed away March 31, 2021. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Russell was an electrician in the Memphis area for more than 54 years.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Sandra Russell; daughter, Sherry Shaffer and her husband Dan; two grandchildren, MiKayla Shaffer and Benjamin Shaffer and brother, Dennis Rhyne and his wife Patty.

Funeral services for Mr. Russell will be held Tuesday April 6 at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Family Funeral Care, 4925 Summer Avenue, Memphis. The family will receive friends beginning at 9 a.m.


  • Sandra Russell, Wife
  • Sherry Shaffer (Dan), Daughter
  • MiKayla Shaffer and Benjamin Shaffer, Grandchildren
  • Dennis Rhyne (Patty), Brother



  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021


  • Committal Service


James Carrol Russell

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Jane Coln

April 8, 2021

I worked with J.R. from 1987 to 2012 and he was a great guy. Once he gave me a couple of boot jacks and on another occasion he bought a large amount of dog leashes and horse lead ropes at a yard sale and brought them to me. These are just 2 of the things I remember of his kindness, but especially remember his quick wit and friendly manner. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Gay Gaillard

April 6, 2021

I’ve known JR most all my life, but more so in the last 15 years. I loved him dearly. After he retired (which he didn’t want to) he would visit the office often and spend time with me talking about the casinos and the western exhibits he and Sandy had visited, amount other things. What great stories he told my family. He gave Jake (my son) several western belt buckles, which Jake will cherish. My girls loved him too, he always joked and kidded with them. When JR spoke about Sandy, you knew he loved her, just when he said her name. I love you JR , I will miss you and remember you forever. I can’t be there today but my thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and your family. Love, Gay, Greg, Dana, Lauren & Jake Gaillard

Tonya Wales

April 4, 2021

Mr. Russell,
You left a beautiful legacy; one you can be so proud of! A wife who is strong and beautiful, a daughter who loves the Lord, a son-in-law who is faithful and loving, and two grandkids who are going to do amazing things. While we will all miss you here on this Earth, you prepared them well.
By the way, you sure did LOVE them well.

Sherry Shaffer

April 4, 2021

I love you dad. You were the best little girl daddy. See you soon.