Russell Hight, a loving and caring individual who dedicated his life to serving others, entered his heavenly home on September 27, 2023, at his residence surrounded by his loving wife and family at the age of 87.
He was born on January 3, 1936, in Haywood County, Tennessee, the son of the late James Burr and Clara Mai Brown Hight. Russell was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He left behind a legacy of compassion, kindness, and a deep faith in Christ.
Russell's academic journey began with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for agriculture. He pursued his education relentlessly and eventually earned a master’s degree in agriculture. This educational background laid the foundation for his long and distinguished career.
Throughout his professional life, Russell made significant contributions across various fields. He served the University of Tennessee in two separate capacities. Initially employed in the Agriculture Department, Russell later transitioned to the IPS department where he continued to share his expertise with his colleagues and students alike. His commitment to academia was unwavering.
Additionally, Russell dedicated numerous years to public service with the State of Tennessee in the Department of Property Assessment. His diligence and expertise were invaluable in ensuring fairness and accuracy in property assessments. Locally, he also played an instrumental role in the Madison County Property Assessors office. He was an active civic leader in his local community, serving as President of the Optimist Club in Madisonville, TN, and President of the Rotary Club in Milan, TN.
However, Russell's accomplishments did not end there. Before embarking on his professional endeavors, he proudly served his county as a member of the United States Army. His military service reflects not only his loyalty but also his desire to make a difference in the world around him.
At the age of 11, Russell asked Jesus to save him. As he grew in his faith, his desire was to share with others how Jesus could change a life and make a difference in daily living and in eternity. In 1956, he served as a summer missionary to the Navaho Indians in New Mexico, fueling the passion of his heart for missions both home and abroad. He served as a Gideon and deacon in various churches and was currently a member of Woodland Baptist Church, Jackson, TN.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 63 years, Nancy Runions Hight of Jackson, TN. He also leaves behind two loving daughters, Lisa Jane Hight of Jackson, TN, and Carol Ann Perkins of Medon, TN. Russell's grandchildren, Collin Marie, Cayce M'Lynn, Chloe Matina, and Courtney MaLeah meant the world to him and will forever hold his love in their hearts.
To honor and celebrate his life, a funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 30, in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors with Rev. Randy Runions and Rev. Stacy McCollum officiating, and Rev. Len Kennedy leading music. Burial will follow in Ridgecrest Cemetery
The family will receive friends beginning at 11:00 a.m. and continuing until 1:00 p.m. at Arrington Funeral Directors prior to the service.
The family is requesting that memorial contributions be directed to Gideons International of Jackson, 30 Sutton Place, Jackson, TN 38305, or donate online at gideons.org/donate.
Russell’s warm heart and unwavering love for others have left an indelible mark on all who knew him. May we remember him as a compassionate individual who dedicated his life to serving Christ and sharing the Gospel with others, hoping to make this world a better place.
Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, Jackson, Tennessee 38305
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