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Joshua McKinley Russ, Jr.
September 16, 1906 ~ May 11, 2009 (age 102) 102 Years Old
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Joshua McKinley Russ, Jr., affectionately known by all as McKinley, peacefully passed away at the age of 102 on May 11, 2009 in his beloved town of Marianna, Florida. Born on September 16, 1906, in Campbellton, Florida, McKinley was a cherished member of the community who lived a long and fruitful life.
McKinley was a man of great strength and perseverance. As a devoted framer, he was deeply connected to the land and was known for his tireless work ethic. His dedication and passion for his profession not only provided for his family, but also contributed significantly to the community around him. He was a pillar of his community, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need.
In his personal life, McKinley was a beacon of love and generosity. He was a devoted father to his children, Thadus Russ and wife Lola of Campbellton, Florida and Curtis Russ and wife Francina of Jacksonville, Florida. His daughters, Edith Clark and Annie Mae Larry, both of Port St. Joe, Florida, will remember him fondly as a loving and supportive father. McKinley's family extended far beyond his children, including numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and great-great-great grandchildren. In addition, he was also a cherished uncle and friend to many others.
McKinley's life was a testament to the words of Helen Keller: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." He was a man of few words but his actions spoke volumes about his character. His thoughtful nature and generous spirit were felt by all who knew him. He had a unique way of making everyone around him feel special and loved.
In his later years, McKinley became a beloved figure in his community, always ready with a kind word or a helping hand. His life was a testament to the power of love, generosity, and thoughtfulness. He was known for his warm heart and his ability to bring a sense of tranquility to any situation. His presence was comforting, and his wisdom was sought after by many.
In remembrance of McKinley, we celebrate a life well lived. His legacy will continue to live on through the lessons he taught, the love he shared, and the memories he created. As we mourn his passing, we also rejoice in the knowledge that his spirit continues to guide and inspire us.
A life as full and rich as McKinley's is not defined by its end, but by the countless moments of joy, laughter, and love shared along the way. As we say goodbye to our beloved McKinley, we celebrate the remarkable journey of a man whose life was a testament to the power of love, generosity, and thoughtfulness. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touched, and his spirit will continue to inspire those who knew him.
In the words of the poet Maya Angelou, "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." McKinley made us all feel loved, valued, and cherished. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts. Rest in peace, McKinley, and thank you for the love you shared, the lessons you taught, and the memories you gave us.