Jerry A. Russell

May 30, 1947April 19, 2014

Jerry Russell “The Guitar Picking Salesman”, died April 19, 2014 from complications of type II diabetes and heart complications. He was born May 19, 1947 in Little Rock, AR, to Jack and Lillian Russell, but grew up in Wewoka, OK, where the family was clothing manufacturers. He graduated high school from Kemper Military School after a short stint at O.U., he graduated from Central State. Growing up in the clothing business was all he knew and he was at his best when he was selling, until he developed poor health. When he wasn’t selling, his passion was entertaining and playing his guitar. Jerry always wanted a nice variety of songs for his audience. After getting an order, Jerry would love to play you a song. In his later years he developed a following, playing at retirement facilities. He provided them a moment of happiness. He loved to play Happy Trails, as his closing. Jerry was an accomplished guitarist and singer, his favorite was blues and jazz. He was a long time member of Church of the Servant and member of the Parakletos Sunday school class. Pam and Jerry enjoyed traveling with their friends and the Sunday school class. He was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Lillian Russell and Aunt Vivian Haney. Jerry is survived by his wife Pam and her five daughters and their families; brother Van Russell and wife Melanie; niece Madelyn April, her husband Blake and nephew Jackson Russell. A service celebrating Jerry ‘s life will be 11 am Friday, April 25, 2014 at the Chapel of the Cross, Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd, Oklahoma City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the City Rescue Mission, Salvation Army or the charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK.


  • Memorial Service Friday, April 25, 2014

Jerry A. Russell

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John Downs,LtCol,USA,Ret.

April 23, 2014

The officers and staff of Echo Company, Kemper Military School extend our most sincere and heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. We have included a photograph of Jerry wearing his Kemper cadet uniform and hope that this brings you some comfort.

Michael Dundee

April 23, 2014

My memories of Jerry are of a talented and smart teenager, that could change the mood by just picking out a song. Jerry, Van and I attended Kemper Military School & College in Boonville, Mo. in the mid 60"s. Me, from Tulsa and they from Wewoka, although I am a native of Seminole. His parents were wonderful people and we brothers of Kemper spent a lot of time together at school and home. Once I met Jerry, I never forgot him. I am sad about his passing, but he won't be forgotten by me.

April 23, 2014

Pam my heart and prayers are with you. Linda Wheeler (Berry)

Edward & Elaine Barrett

April 22, 2014

He was a fast learner. Sad he had to leave us so soon.

Sorry for your loss Pam.

April 22, 2014

What a wonderful brother in Christ. Will Miss Jerry very much. My heart goes out to Pam and the family.... GOD bless your every move.
John & Sandy Montgomery