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Services for Mary Ann Bounds Russell will begin Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Meridian, with Dr. Raymond Leake and Rev. David McCubbin officiating. Interment will be held at Pine Forest Baptist Church Cemetery with Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am.
Mary Ann was for thirty seven years a teacher in Meridian Public Schools. She taught at Kate Griffin Junior High, Meridian High School and Meridian Junior (Community) College. Prior to service in Meridian, she taught six years in Lauderdale County. She also taught two summers at Livingston State Teachers College, now the University of West Alabama.
She held a Bachelors Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters degree from the University of Mississippi.
Mary Ann was born February 7, 1917 and reared in Lauderdale County.
She was the daughter of Jesse and Annie Bounds. Her parents and her four sisters and four brothers preceded her in death. Sisters were Dora Bounds Poole, Thelma Bounds White, Alline Bounds Poole and Kathleen Bounds Hamrick. Brothers were James W. Bounds, J. Dudley Bounds, Walter M. Bounds and John R. Bounds.
She was also preceded in death by her husband Albert Ralph Russell and one stepson, Frank Russell, as well as two nephews, Alfred Poole and John Dudley Bounds.
She is survived by two nieces; Sue Bounds Henry, and Sandra Bounds Sanders and five nephews, Erskine Poole, Aubert Poole, Jim Hamrick, Walter M. Bounds, Jr. and Joel Bounds. She is also survived by two step sons: Stacy Russell, and Rhett Russell. One sister-in-law Ruby Bounds and eight great nieces and nine great nephews and numerous great-great nieces and great-great nephews.
Mary Ann enjoyed teaching and gave herself to the profession without regret. Sports were one of her special interests. She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church of Meridian, MS.
Pallbearers will be Edward Poole, Paul Sanders, Tim Poole, Mike Chaney, Walt Waltman, Jess Waltman, and Lane Waltman. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jim Hamrick, Walter M. Bounds Jr. Wally, and Joel E. Bounds.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Meridian, MS or to the building fund of Pine Forest Baptist Church, Collinsville, MS.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at rbffh.com
Published on October 2, 2017
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