Billie J. Russell, 82, of Hardy, died Oct. 15, 2006, at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home. She was born in Piggott, Ark., daughter of John H. Bess and Sarah Bess. She was a homemaker.
Survivors include her husband, Theron E. Russell of Hardy; two daughters, Linda Kay LittleCalf of Flint, Mich. and Deborah Ann Durfee of St. Charles, Mo.; four sons, Gary R. Howard of Burton, Mich., Theron E. Russell, III of Byron, Mich., Lowell Kelly Russell of Glencoe, Ark., and James M. Russell of Mammoth Spring, Ark.; and two sisters, Lila Mae Brather of Concord, Mich., and Wanlea Crank of Davison, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, John H. and Sarah Bess.
Funeral services were held Oct. 18 at Pioneer Free Will Baptist Church in Ash Flat with the Rev. Lawrence Dacus and the Rev. Hyot Pope both officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Cemetery at Pollard, Ark., with arrangements by Heath Funeral Home, Oak Hill Chapel of Hardy.
Memorials may be sent to Pioneer Free Will Baptist Church Songbooks.