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Obit – Mrs. Sally Russell

Mrs. Sally Russell of Carthage and a longtime resident of the Kempville Community was pronounced deceased at 3:51 p.m. Saturday afternoon at the St. Thomas Mid-Town Hospital in Nashville where she was admitted Friday afternoon suffering from renal failure. Mrs. Russell was 87.

Her minister, Edward L. Anderson, officiated at the 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon December 6th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed beside her husband in section five at the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.

One of two daughters born to the late Wartrace Community grocery store family of the late John Gid Howell who died at the age of 63 on May 27, 1974 and Delia Daffo Denson Howell who died at the age of 86 on June 8, 1996 and was born Sally Elizabeth Howell in the Wartrace Creek Community of Jackson County on March 19, 1936.

Her only sibling, Jonnie Faye Howell Carver preceded her in death on October 7, 2015 at the age of 73.

Mrs. Russell attended Jackson County Central High School and received her General Education Degree.

On December 23, 1960 she was united in marriage to Buffalo Community native Paul Terry Russell who preceded her in death on June 10, 1998 at the age of 62 following almost thirty eight years of marriage.

Mrs. Russell was a 1957 graduate of the Lovell Franks Cookeville School of Beauty and referred to herself as a hairdresser. She began her career as the owner of the former Carthage Beautyland Beauty Shop in 1961and shortly thereafter at the former Reggie’s Beauty Shop, both in Carthage and from 1968 until 1998 owned and operated Sally’s Beauty Shop and from 1998 until her retirement she was employed at the Highway 25 Beauty Salon.

Through the years Mrs. Russell cherished all of her clients who quickly became her close friends and always served them to the best of her ability until her retirement in 2007.

During those years of hairdressing she gained some of her most cherished and loyal friends and colleagues and remained so special to her until the end of her journey on this earth. She was loved by so many.

She was baptized into Christ by Edward L. Anderson at the Carthage Church of Christ where she remained a member until her death.

Known as a wonderful and sweet person and one free to give advice, she possessed a precious soul and giver to many. 

She was perhaps best known to those who loved her most as mom, grandmother and Aunt Sally. She was extremely proud of her family and never hesitated to brag about them and show pictures and tell stories about them to all who would listen.

Those left to cherish her memories are her son, John “Butch” Witcher and wife Joanie of Kimball in Marion County; granddaughter, Ashley Witcher Custer and husband Archie of Winchester, Tennessee and their son, Trace Custer, grandson, Brandon John Witcher of Nashville; two nephews, James Carver and wife Susan Winfree Carver of the Hiwassee Community and their son Justin, Terry Carver of the Rome Community and a host of special friends.


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