James Howard Russell, 72, of Van Buren passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at his home. He was of the Pentecostal faith and a retired plumber. He was born June 27, 1945, to the late Howard and Thelma (Ramey) Russell in Cove City, Ark.

Survivors include his wife, Nora of Van Buren; three sisters, Ruby Ball of Dyer, Wanda Peters of Missouri and Mary Harrington of Adair, Okla.; three brothers, Dariel Russell of Van Buren and Jimmy Russell and George Reed both of Pryor, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Service was Dec. 15 at Ocker Chapel in Alma with interment at Shamrock under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Alma.

Pallbearers were his nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were Jeremy Woodard and Brandon Bennett.

To place an online tribute please visit www.ockerfuneralhome.com.