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Earlene Russell


Earlene Russell

Tommie Earlene (Treadwell) Sharp Russell, age 97 of Hohenwald, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at AHC Lewis County.

She was born on June 1, 1923 in Perry County to the late Wesley Albert Treadwell and Sarah Catherine (Inman) Treadwell. She was widowed, being preceded in death by Fate Houston Sharp and later in life by husband, Posey William (PW) Russell.

While most people graduate high school around the age of 18, Mrs. Earlene (as she liked to be called) and her husband Posey didn't. It wasn't until their late 40's or early 50's that they decided to go back to school and graduate. And so they went back, completing the 18 courses needed to graduate. Hard work and determination made this goal possible as both were still working and raising kids, and so late at night after all the work was done, she and her husband would sit around the table to study. And so it was, they were able to graduate and receive their diplomas. Being able to graduate was something they were very proud of and something they would cherish the rest of their lives.

Mrs. Earlene had a very good work ethic and spent most of her life working. She put in 25 years at Genesco and another 30 working for Puckett & Maynord's. No one ever knew her real age or her birthday, up until just recently she would argue with you over her real age. She loved sewing, loved home-keeping, gardening and tending to her flowers, she loved to sing and had a beautiful Alto voice. She also loved to babysit and take care of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She had a heart of gold, and always tended to those who were sick or shut in, cooking and helping all those in need.

A celebration of her life was held on Tuesday, June 9 at 1 p.m. with Joe and Justin Griner officiating. Burial followed in the Downey Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to the Salem Church of Christ Mission Fund, c/o Bobby Williams, 114 Parkwood Lane, Hohenwald, TN 38462.

Survivors include a son, Posey (Shirley) Russell; four daughters, Patsy (Joe) Griner, Connie Nolin, Bonnie Cothran and Barbara James; grandson, Justin (Katie) Griner and great-grandchild Elizabeth; granddaughter Tanonni (David) Garner and great-grandchildren Fayth and Xander; grandsons Rusty James, Ronnie James, Randy Stutts, Riley Stutts, Ricky Runions, Mike (Susan) Parker, Mike Carpenter and Chad Cothran; granddaughters Michelle Nichols, Jinger Griner, Tammy (Dale) Burlison, Laura Runions Mosley and Lisa Fransen; along with several other great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Sarah Treadwell; husband, Fate Sharp; husband, Posey (PW) Russell; daughters, Francis Stutts and Gayle Runions; sisters, Mary Tatum, Willie Allen and Thelma Bryson; brothers, Carmel Treadwell and Curtis Treadwell.

McDonald Funeral Home, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.


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