Russell receives honor for 40 years of service
By Stephanie Johns
Shirley M. Russell received a proclamation from Madison Mayor Bruce Gilbert and members of the city council for her 40 years of service.
Gilbert read the proclamation during the council’s recent meeting.
“Shirley M. Russell has manifested not only an enviable record of professionalism to be emulated, but also a winsome personality which has enabled her to be a friend to everyone, and, as a result, is already and will continue to be sorely missed by all,” he read.
The document noted that Russell, a native of Morgan County, was born to Lola Mae Wade and Bennie Morgan Sr. She has seven siblings and a daughter, Tousha “Toy” R. Scott of Milledgeville.
A member of Smyrna Baptist Church, Russell has served the church in various capacities during her 47 years there.
Upon graduating from Pearl High School she worked for the city, beginning as a utility bill collector, then a billing clerk, and retiring as an accounting specialist.
“Shirley M. Russell earned the trust of innumerable employees in her capacity as Payroll Clerk and assisted many with questions about their insurance, retirement, and other financial concerns,” he read.
“Shirley M. Russell’s longevity at her position with the City of Madison is a testament to her dedication to her employer and a shining example of perseverance to the numerous co-workers she has had over the years.”
After reading the proclamation Gilbert presented the framed proclamation to Russell and the two posed for pictures along with members of the city council.
Printed in the February 28, 2013