Russell Purtle

Russell Lynn Purtle, 66, of The Villages, Fla., died Aug. 31, 2015, at Leesburg, Fla.
Visitation will be on Thursday at 1 p.m., followed by services at 2 p.m., at Beyers Funeral Home in Lady Lake Chapel, The Villages, Fla. Burial will be at Elbridge Cemetery on Saturday.
Honorary pallbearers will be Greg Muller, Doug Morin, Bob Jordan, Jack Bambury, Tom Benefield, Art Michaels and Marty Edelman.   
Donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 237 East Marks St., Orlando, FL 32803.
He was born Jan. 5, 1949, in Texarkana, Texas. Russell was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. After retiring from International Paper as a controller, he had devoted himself to writing and recording Christian music.
He was a man who lived his strong Christian faith and is walking with the Lord.
Russell is survived by his loving wife, Jo Ann (Rogers) Purtle; his son, Tim Purtle of Avondale, Ariz.; his daughter and son-in-law, Tiffany and Jared Hauser of Birmingham, Ala.; his grandsons, Owen and Luke Hauser of Birmingham; his brother, Don Purtle and sister-in-law, Anne, of Hot Springs Ark.; two nephews, Steven and David Purtle of Arkansas; his aunt, Bonnie Sanders of Dallas; his brother-in law and his wife, Allen and Martha Rogers of Water Valley, Miss.; his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Lynn and Ben Oberholtzer of Germantown and Carol and Bill Latimer of Union City; his niece and her husband, Amanda and Gerald Glickman; and his great nephew, Bruce Glickman of Richmond, Va.
He is predeceased by his parents, Lindel and Sarah Purtle of Texarkana, Texas.
Online condolences may be left at www.beyersfuneralhome.com.

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