James “Jim” Billy Russell, 81, of Van Buren died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born May 5, 1932, in Natural Dam, retired material supervisor after 15 years of service to Aramco Oil Co. in Saudi Arabia and Van Buren school bus driver for 10 years. He was a member of First Assembly of God in Van Buren and Adkar Lodge No. 555 in Tulsa, mason and R.V. Maps volunteer for nine years.
He is survived by his wife, Mila; a daughter, Donita Round of Rowlett, Texas; two sons, Danny Russell of Plano, Texas, and Dr. Barry Russell of Sacramento; a sister, Evelyn Swartz of Tulsa; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral was Oct. 22 at First Assembly of God in Van Buren with burial at Hall Cemetery in Natural Dam under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.
Pallbearers were Jonathan, Phillip, Matthew and Vernon Russell, Brian Nye and Larry Jones.
Memorials may be made to First Assembly of God Church in Van Buren.