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March 18, 2011

J.T. Russell

BERLIN — J.T. Russell, 82, of Berlin died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Colquitt Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Cobb Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Woods officiating. Interment will follow in Murphy Cemetery. Casketbearers will be John Bell, Charlie Haulbrook, Skip Rainey, Brent Chitty, Loren Hildebrandt, Richard Peterman, James Carter and Michael Kinard.

Born July 1, 1928, in Moultrie, Mr. Russell was the son of the late Jonathan Russell and Ophelia Dunlap Russell. From the age of 17 to the age of 77, he spent his life buying, training and racing standard bred horses throughout the United States and Canada.

He retired to the Moultrie area in the 1970s, and established Indian Creek Stock Farm in Berlin, and changed from standard bred to Tennessee walking horses. He was of the Baptist faith.

“He will be greatly missed by his many friends near and far,” his family said.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Evelyn Russell; three brothers, Burl Russell, Marvin Russell and Melvin “Buddy” Russell; and one sister, Betty Hiers.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Monk Russell of Berlin; four stepdaughters, Kathleen Haulbrook and husband Charlie and Sherry Bush, all of Ochlocknee, Jennifer Rainey and husband Skip of Hillsborough, N.C., and Alison Peterman and husband Richard of Valdosta; one stepson, Arthur Monk of McBee, S.C.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Sunday, March 20, at Cobb Funeral Chapel.

Contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cobb Funeral Chapel.

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