James Carlton Russell

September 27, 1931February 10, 2020

James 'Jim' Russell, 88, of Pasadena, Texas, passed away February 10, 2020. He was born in Pasadena, Texas, on September 27, 1931. He joined the Marines at 17 and was honorably discharged November, 1952 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. During his service, he was introduced to his wife to be, Olive, by her brother, Howard, whom he met in Morse Code Operator school.

He bought a car and drove to Pennsylvania after being discharged. There he proposed to Olive and they were married January 23, 1953. Later that year, they moved back to Texas where they started their family. They were married 62 years before Olive passed away. Jim always said Olive was his first girlfriend and his only love. As far as anyone can remember, they never left the house without kissing goodbye.

Jim worked for Crown Petroleum for 35 years. He was a member of The American Legion and The Moose. He was an avid golfer and also enjoyed cards and dominoes.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife Olive; parents Carlton and Bertha Nickel Russell; brothers and sisters Robert Russell, Virgil Russell, Delpha McLaughlin, Dalton Russell.

Jim is survived by his children Diana Conrad and husband Rick, Linda Grimes, and James Michael Russell and wife, Sue; grandchildren Jason Russell, John Grimes, Shawn Grimes and wife Amanda, Mandy Sumpter and husband Guy, Micheal Biddy, Jennifer Pritchard and spouse Courtney, Jamie Byrd and husband Sean; great grand children Leann, Tyler and Cody Sumpter, Austin Jarvis, Christopher and Jessica Biddy, Brianna Taylor, Samantha Byrd; and great great grandchildren Logan John and Mason James Sumpter; and sister Lola Thornton.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 17, 2020, from 4-8 PM at Grand View Funeral Home, 8501 Spencer Hwy, Pasadena, TX 77505. Funeral service will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, at noon also at Grand View Funeral Home. Interment to follow at San Jacinto Memorial Park, 14659 East Frwy, Houston, TX. 77015.

Pallbearers: Tyler Sumpter, Cody Sumpter, Austin Jarvis, Jason Russell, John Grimes, Shawn Grimes, Christopher Biddy, and Sean Byrd


  • Tyler Sumpter
  • Cody Sumpter
  • Austin Jarvis
  • Jason Russell
  • John Grimes
  • Shawn Grimes
  • Christopher Biddy
  • Sean Byrd


  • Family Will Receive Friends Monday, February 17, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Tuesday, February 18, 2020
  • Laid to Rest Tuesday, February 18, 2020


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Howard Aderhold

February 17, 2020

Jim was a GREAT brother-in-law. After we served in the Korean War, Jim introduced me to the game of golf. He said I was too old to learn the game, but we had a lot of fun anyway.
It was always a pleasure for my wife, Florence, and I to visit Jim, Olive and their family whenever we passed through Pasadena.
He will be missed!

Larry Long

February 14, 2020

Jim was my uncle. I will miss this man. He was by far the best uncle that I had. Being from PA I would go and see him and Olive when I was touring the country in National Bowling Tournaments. I would even go out of my way just to stop in for a few days to visit. We would sit at their house at night time drinking and watching the PBR which was their favorite program at that time. You will be missed but you and Olive are back together again.

My condolences to the family

Eddie Lee

February 14, 2020

Jim was a good friend, co-worker, and golfing partner for years. We spent a lot of time together on the golf course especially after Jim retired. He was always ( Goob ) to us. He was one to welcome you into his house at anytime and spend time visiting. I will miss talking to him on the phone and checking on him. He was just a good guy. I hope he and Olive are together again now.

Tracy McMahan

February 12, 2020

I only met Jim once but he sure left a wonderful impression on me. I noticed he was a Marine and told him I was too...he was immediately my brother. I wish I could have spent more time with him. Semper Fidelis Marine.