Russell Cawthon, Jr., passed away this week.
There will be a Memorial Service for Russell Cawthon Jr., on Sun., Sept. 22, at 2:30 p.m., at Webster Groves Baptist Church.
Russell’s sister, Sharon, is in town and is taking care of everything. Please keep her in your prayers.
The untimely loss of Russell Cawthon leaves a definite sadness in our hearts. He was truly an energetic, enthusiastic and wonderful person who cared greatly about people….ALL people. He was a wonderful Missions Director for our church and a generally all around “nice guy”. His friendly, upbeat and “can-do” attitude will be missed greatly by all who knew him, loved him and worshiped along with him. Congratulations, dear Russell, upon gaining your wings.
I am sorry to learn of Russell’s passing. It was a a joy to know him and work with him when I was studying at Eden and helping with the youth group and the children. I remember Russell’s passion for mission. May God grant Russell’s family peace and strength. Henry Mbambo
Our prayers and thoughts with the church and his sister. We will miss him when we visit. We won’t know where to sit. He always sat in the pew in front of us.
Russell had a great heart for missions. He is now with the Author of that great heart. Race well run.
Most of Russell’s acquaintances speak of his commitment to missions. I think that may have been a part of his commitment to Christian Education. He knew the importance of scripture memorization and the difference it makes in our lives. His sermons were filled with scripture and their meaning. God gifted Russell with a quick wit and keen sense of humor. He was quite a character and fun to be with. His Sunday morning handshakes and hugs will be long remembered and often missed. Russell recently shared with us that one of the items on his bucket list was to make a difference in one person’s life. I am sure he accomplished this many more times than he realized.
He most certainly did. The trajectory of my life was changed 30 years ago when he invested his life in mine when I was trying to figure out who I was at 17 years old and he cared to listen to and disciple me when he served as youth pastor in our church in NC. Had lost touch with him over the past years, but I can absolutely affirm that his style of care and wisdom met me just where I needed to be met. In Russell I found a God that cared deeply for me and called me to care deeply for others.