Russell Herbert Haley Jr.

Published 6:55 pm Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Russell Herbert Haley Jr., 88, of Pensacola died Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 5:30 a.m., after a long battle with heart disease.

Mr. Haley was born March 14, 1926 in Mobile. He spent his early childhood in Daphne and moved with his family to Atmore in his youth. After graduation from Escambia County High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and fought during World War II in the Pacific theatre. While in the Navy, he was chosen as a Goodwill Ambassador for a world tour by President John F. Kennedy, as part of his later service to our country.

Upon retirement in 1966 from active duty, he became a chief engineer man for the Corps of Engineers, from which he later retired, making his home in Pensacola. Mr. Haley enjoyed hunting, fishing, making “Uncle Russell’s Famous Gumbo” and wine for family and friends, and spending time with his beloved canine best friend, Heidi.

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Those who preceded him in death include his father, Russell Herbert Haley Sr.; his mother, Pauline Thompson Haley; and his brothers, Tommy, Jack, and Ben Haley of Atmore.

Mr. Haley is by survived by his sister-in-law, Barbara W. Haley; and his nieces, Rhonda H. (Ike) Scott of Opelika and Kathleen H. (Al) Thompson of Bay Minette. He is also survived by his great-nieces, Haley C. Scott of Daphne and Amory E. Scott of Atlanta, and many cousins in Fairhope.

Visitation was held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home in Atmore with a graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery in Atmore. Hospice Chaplin Cindy Still will officiate the service with Military Honor Corps and the singing of the Navy Hymn: “Eternal Father: Strong to Save” by Haley and Amory Scott.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Waterfront Mission in Pensacola, Fla., or the charity of your choice. The family wishes to express their deep appreciation for the wonderful care given to Russell during his residence at The Homestead and by the medical staff at Baptist Hospital.

Johnson-Quimby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.