Funeral services for William Lance Russell were held Aug. 13, 2023, at Saulters Moore Funeral Home Chapel, with interment following in the R&W Cemetery in Silver Creek. Rev. Earl Clark officiated. Mr. Russell, 52, passed away Aug. 11 at Lawrence County Hospital in Monticello. Saulters Moore Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.
Lance was carried to his final rest by Ashley Watson, Tony Watson, Todd Harrell, Ron Kinard, Mitch Uzzle, and Gary Shivers. Honorary pallbearers included Andrew Riojas, Colton Riojas, Aiden Uzzle, Eric Adkins, and Tim Flynt.
Lance was born on Oct. 1, 1970, in Prentiss to Daniel Edward Sr. and Linda Watson Russell. After graduation from Simpson Academy, Lance enrolled in the Hinds Community College. After graduating from Hinds, he moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he was employed by Ingalls Shipbuilding. While at Ingalls, he served an apprenticeship and mastered his craft, becoming a certified electrician.
After several years on the Coast, Lance moved back home to Silver Creek and worked as an electrician for AT&T before taking a position as an electrician with Danos Incorporated. Working at Danos proved to be very fulfilling, allowing him to do the work that had mastered while working on his favorite offshore platform, The Bullwinkle.
In his pastime, Lance also enjoyed playing golf and was a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as the Mississippi State Bulldogs. A family man that had grown closer to God in the past year, Lance was a devoted husband and loved his daughter and sons very much. A shining example that good men still exist, he will be missed by all who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Edward Russell Sr.; a son, Timothy Holliday Jr.; and his niece, Jacy Riley.
Lance’s memory will live on in the hearts of those he leaves behind. They include his wife, Kala Russell, of Silver Creek; his daughter, Scarlet Daley (Gage), of Brookhaven; two sons, Andrew Riojas and Colton Riojas, both of Silver Creek; his mother, Linda Russell, of Silver Creek; two sisters, Pam Smith, of Silver Creek; Amy Riley, of New Hebron; one brother, Daniel Russell Jr., of Lucedale; and his mother-in-law, Dawn Cody, of New Hebron. Lance also leaves to mourn his passing a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.