Russell James Baxter, Jr.

Russell “Jimmy” James Baxter, Jr.

Russell James “Jimmy” Baxter, Jr., 84, of Monticello, passed away February 2, 2021, at the VA Hospital in Little Rock.

He was born October 21, 1936, in Monticello to the late Russell James Baxter, Sr. and Frances Evelyn Jackson Baxter.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Ethel Hardcastle Baxter.

Mr. Baxter was a retired country music musician in the 1960s and 70s where he was the drummer in several bands, and held various jobs in the 1980s and 90s. His latest jobs were at the Southeast Arkansas Education Cooperative and War Eagle Boats. He was a United States Navy veteran and a Protestant.

Jimmy was an avid duck hunter, fisherman, golfer and member of Monticello Country Club.

His survivors include two sons, Russell “Rusty” James Baxter, III of Holiday Island, Arkansas and John Andrew “Andy” Baxter of Weatherby Lake, Missouri; six grandchildren, April, Rusty and Jonathan Baxter of Van Buren, and Blaire, Clayton and Georgia Baxter of Westherby Lake, Missouri; and three great grandchildren.

A private burial will take place in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Carthage, Arkansas.

A celebration of life service will take place at a date to be determined this spring.

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