2023ObituariesBenton Russell

January 23, 2023by SealeUser14

July 18, 1956 ~ January 22, 2023

Benton Russell was called home on January 22, 2023 after a brief battle with cancer.  He was an operator at Dow Chemical (Poly A) for 30+ years and started working with Kelly Services (Dow) the day after he retired.

Ben’s first love was his family, his wife, kids, and grandchildren were what he lived for and everything he did was for them.

He was a huge fan of all things LSU Tigers!  Ben spent most of the game times calling or texting his loved ones to see if they were watching the game, didn’t matter the sport.

He had many nick names, but anyone who knew “Big Ben” loved him.  Ben looked intimidating with his handlebar mustache that he had grown since the 70’s and his size, but once you met him you quickly realized he was a gentle giant with a heart of gold.

Ben was a rare breed and he helped anyone he could and loved more than his heart could keep up with.

Ben is preceded in death by: His parents, Luther & Gertrude (Martin) Russell, Sisters, Geneva Russell, Laverne Russell, Mary Russell Webb, and Special Brother in Law, Lloyd Webb, Brothers, Travis Russell, Terry Russell, Tony Russell,

Ben is survived by his wife of 39 years, Carol McMillian Russell, 3 daughters, Robin Veitch, Tiffany Veitch, Jamie Russell, grandchildren, Courtland Roberts, Aaliyah (Ali) Newell, Kainen Scott, Kylan (KiKi) Schassburger, great granddaughter, Zoey Jones-Roberts, Sister Louise (Larry) Wimberley, brother Thomas Russell, and twin brother Clinton Russell, special family friend Sheri Kirley, numerous nieces and nephews, many friends and extended family.


The Russell family would like to thank:

Nephews Jason Russell and Collin Wimberly,

BRG ICU –B staff, words cannot express our gratitude for your kindness and compassion throughout this difficult time.

Dr. Gerald Millitello and Dr. Christopher Lee

A memorial visitation will be held at Seale Funeral Home, Denham Springs on Thursday, January 26, 2023 beginning at 1:00pm. A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00pm.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that you plant a tree in Ben’s name or donate to your favorite charity.


This is not goodbye, but I’ll see you later.




  • Fawn Acosta

    January 26, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    I am so so sorry for your loss. Mr .Ben was such a kind man. I know heaven is welcoming a new angel. Our prayers are with all of you during his difficult time. Love Fawn and Jason Acosta


  • Ali

    January 26, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Pawpaw- i still cant believe this is real. I thank you for love and support you always gave. You were the best pawpaw. I think im gonna miss your hugs and talks the most. Rest easy pawpaw until we meet again🤍


  • Sandra Scott

    January 25, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    Gentle Ben is a name I associate with you. I don’t think I’ve ever met a kinder person than you. Always smiling! I will miss you friend but know that you’re and we’re loved by so many. A’ bientot!


  • Maudie Hunt

    January 25, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Benton was a great guy. I enjoyed working with him over the years. Rest in Peace my friend. You will be missed.


  • Wade Beard

    January 25, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    He had such a boisterous laugh and I could pull it out of him. Great guy.


  • Tiffany

    January 25, 2023 at 1:45 am

    I am totally devastated and at a complete loss for words….you have always been our whole families rock..,….my phone will no longer be ringing or dinging with your texts….I am going to find a way through that I guess somehow…….Thank you for always being there for us.,we love you so much….you are the greatest dad ever……..get your rest,we will see you soon enough……we love you……Tiff & Zozo


  • Rose Stanga

    January 24, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    Oh, my heart hurts. So sorry for your loss. Benton was my “best friend” at Dow and go to for Briggs to resolve issues, obtain PO’s and orchestrate rentals and service. He made the flow seamless! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and alongside him & Dow. A great man gone too soon!


  • Keith Russell

    January 24, 2023 at 8:45 pm

    Uncle Benton,
    You were loved by many, and you will be missed and remembered by all. Thank you for always being there for anyone, anytime. I have to admit that I am a bit jealous that I didn’t get to attend that family reunion Sunday evening in heaven. I hoped yall saved us some cornbread. We will all meet again one day. R.I.P.


  • Jamie Russell

    January 24, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Daddy, you were and always be my entire world. Nothing will ever change that. Thank you so much for everything you did for all of us. Thank you for always loving and supporting us and shaping me into the woman I am today. I promise to make you proud! Rest easy daddy, you deserve it!


    • Trudy Peavy

      January 26, 2023 at 11:02 am

      I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.


  • Jerry Underwood

    January 24, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    Such a gentle , friendly guy . My condolences to the family


  • Wayne Neyland

    January 24, 2023 at 12:19 pm

    Benton and I started the same day at Dow in 1979. I always considered him a friend. Im sorry for your loss.


  • Robin

    January 24, 2023 at 6:31 am

    Dad—I never imagined my world without you in it. Thank you for always being our rock and taking care of us. There won’t be a day that goes by that I don’t miss you. Thank you for helping to make me who I am today. We are so very blessed for having been loved by you. Thank you for being you!


  • Shannon Dubuisson

    January 23, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    We will miss you Uncle Ben.


    Shannon & Caleb


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