Obituary - Samson Lee Russell

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Samson Lee Russell

January 22, 1944 - February 23, 2018
Age: 74
Residence: Hollister, MO
Formerly of: Black Canyon, WA


Samson Lee Russell, was born on January 22, 1944, and died February 23, 2018. He was born to Aaron and Elizabeth Francis (Walker) Russell. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks.

Samson is survived by three siblings: Lily Catherine (Russell) Snow, Ruth (Russell) Tondreau, and Ezra Joel Russell; children: George Rylee (Anna) Russell of Oklahoma, Shelia Michele Russell of Missouri, and Stewart Lee (Natacha) Russell of South Carolina; grandchildren: Joshua, Divanya, and Daurlyn; step-grandchildren: Mitch, Aleksander, and Victoria.

Born in Black Canyon Apple Orchard in Washington State, Samson was raised in Madison County, Arkansas. He graduated from Kingston High School, Class of 1962. He married Mary C. Stewart on December 20, 1969. They raised their children on the family farm on the Kings River near Kingston, Arkansas. Mary and Samson divorced in 1989. 

A large and very strong man, Samson was well-named. He worked as a logger, local feed truck driver for Tyson Feed, a long-haul truck driver for P.A.M. Inc., and crew chief for Phoenix Floors in Boston, Arkansas. He also worked for Ryan Holts’ and Bobby Parkers’ sawmill. In later years he owned and operated his own sawmill. 

Samson was well known for his size and strength. It was told that he was the only known person to pick up the large anvil at the Kingston School bus barn. He was a hard worker and was put to work at a young age hoeing and milking cows.

In his younger years, Samson was a prankster. He could caw like a crow and crow like a rooster. On several occasions he woke the roosters and farmers of the town of Kingston from the square with a late-night rooster crow, before laughing, and heading home as the lights of the homes of farmers were turned on one by one. 

Samson enjoyed hunting; fishing; and playing poker, card games, and dominoes with friends. He loved to read, tell jokes, cut up and have fun. Samson also enjoyed going on four-wheeler rides, finding arrowheads, hunting mushrooms in the spring, and having good coon dogs. He loved to hear the dogs run a rabbit or deer trail. 

Samson was one of the most unique and complex individuals from the Ozark hills. He either liked you or didn’t. You liked him, or you didn’t, and that suited him just fine. Samson was a tobacco chewin’, spittin’, overall and baseball cap wearing genuine hillbilly. That was who he was and wouldn’t change a thing. He was a good friend, honest, and would tell you like it is. He was Samson. He was strong. He will be missed.

A memorial service for Samson Russell will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Lower Campground Church in Huntsville, Arkansas.

The family wishes, instead of flowers, please make a donation to the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, or the Breast Cancer Foundation. Volunteer at a local hospice, donate blood to your local blood mobile, spay and neuter your pets, and be kind to one another. The family would like to thank Hospice Compassus of Branson, Missouri. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com.


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Cremations of the Ozarks
Cremations of the Ozarks
130 Industrial Park, Suite E
Hollister, MO 65672
Phone: (417) 544-0218
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Service Information
Location: Lower Campground Church
Date/Time: 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018
8763 Madison 2405
Huntsville, AR
Phone: (479) 841-7950
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