Russell Tedder's Passing.
I am sad to report the passing of Russell Tedder.
I have known Russell for 25 years, we were first brought together by the late John B Allen as he knew both of us were researching railroad in Florida and wanted to put us on the same path. Russell was just a year older than my father and both were working in the Suwanee River area at the same time in the late 40's and early 50's, but never met. My father loaded watermelon and tobacco onto vents and boxcars on the Loping Gopher, while Russell arranged their pickup from the siding.
Russell and I first corresponded by snail mail, but we graduated to email. We traded photographs and slides and negatives and railroadiana and paper and memories during this time. Thank You Russell for your time and effort to help educate me in the ways of the short line railroad. I will miss the guidance.
Below is his obituary.
Samuel Russell Tedder passed from this life on January 29, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. The youngest and last survivor of five children born to Samuel William and Mary Elma Hicks Tedder, Russell was born on May 6, 1935 at his parent’s farm home in the Pleasant Grove Community of Taylor County, Florida. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Edith Tedder Rowell, of Shady Grove, FL and three brothers, William Curtis Tedder, of Tallahassee, FL, James Ernest Tedder of Perry, FL, and Joseph Bartow Tedder, of Lakeland, FL.
He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn Ann Jackson Tedder, his one and only child, his loving daughter Jennifer Tedder Booth and very special husband, Steven Booth, two wonderful grandchildren, Harrison Tedder Booth and Elizabeth (Beth) Hale Booth, and eleven very special nephews and nieces and their spouses along with their offspring.
Russell graduated from high school at 16. He laid aside college plans to accept a job offer as a station clerk at the joint freight and passenger station of the Live Oak, Perry & Gulf Railroad and the South Georgia Railway at Perry, Florida. This job led to a lifelong career in shortline railroading. At 19, Russell was promoted to station agent. One year later train dispatching was added to his duties.
In 1957, he joined the U.S. Army for three years. He first served with the 714th Railroad Operating Battalion at Fort Eustis, Virginia. In 1958 he was reassigned as Chief of the Army’s Rail Transportation Office in Bremen, Germany. After 25 months in Germany he was discharged and returned to his former job at Perry.
With night classes and a leave of absence, Russell earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Florida State University in 1968. This led to a job offer as vice president and general manager of the Sabine River & Northern Railroad at Orange, Texas. It was there that he met the love of his life, Carolyn Ann Jackson. They were married on April 18, 1970.
In 1976 he became president of Georgia-Pacific’s Ashley, Drew & Northern and Fordyce & Princeton railroads at Crossett, Arkansas. By 1991 the number of operating G-P shortlines had increased to nine. That year, besides being president of the shortlines, G-P appointed Russell as Director of Corporate Rail Service with oversight over all company owned railroad operations.
Russell served on the board of directors, as regional vice president, and five years as chairman of the board and executive committee of the American Shortline Railroad Association.
Following retirement from the Georgia-Pacific railroads in 1997, Russell operated a rail consulting company with major Fortune 500 forest products companies as clients until 2005.
In 2016 Russell wrote ForestRails; Georgia-Pacific’s Railroads, a 500-page tome illustrated with over 600 photographs depicting the history of the G-P railroads.
Russell was a member of Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock, AR where he served as a deacon. His faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is what informed all of his decisions. He will long be remembered as a faithful, godly man.
A Visitation will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, February 4, 2019 with the Funeral Service following at 11:00 AM at Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock. Burial will be at Rest Hills.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be sent to Park Hill Baptist Church, 201 East C Avenue, North Little Rock, AR 72116 for the World Hunger Fund.
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Don, my condolences on the loss of your good friend and mentor, Russell Tedder. Though we never met, we shared correspondence regarding my boyhood memories of Live Oak, Florida, and he generously gave me several artifacts from the LOP&G connected with Live Oak.
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