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Russell Edward Kidd, Jr.

January 12, 1929 ~ January 28, 2018 (age 89)

Russell Edward Kidd, Jr. was born to Russell Edward Kidd, Sr. and Bessie Lorene Parmer Kidd on January 12, 1929 in San Angelo, Texas. He was welcomed into Glory on Sunday, January 28, 2018, a day he’d anticipated for years, singing “What a Day That Will Be.”
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm, with visitation at 1:00 pm at Living Waters Baptist Church.
Being raised on a farm in Sweetwater, Texas, Russ learned the value of hard work and the joys of simpler times. He loved sharing stories from his life, many of which are treasured by his family. Whether it was besting a snake trying to come in through his bedroom window or scrambling up a tree to escape wild hogs, the tales he recounted almost always had the lucky listeners in stitches. Russ told that, as a teen, he served as the Queen’s Escort to prom, laughing to himself as he clarified that he was the only boy in his graduating class.
Shortly after graduating, Russ joined the Navy. While he was stationed at Camp Lejeune, he met his late wife, Betty Carolyn Sleight Kidd, and would soon receive word that he was being deployed to Korea. Russ sent a ring to Betty’s father, asking her to marry him when he returned from war and promising a proper proposal as soon as he was able. Russ and Betty were married 64 years, until her passing in 2016.
Russ and Betty raised two children, Randy Kidd and Andrea Canady, in Greensboro, and their childhoods were filled with camping, fishing, making family movies, and returning to visit the family farm in Texas each summer. Russ was preceded in death by his children.
Russ worked as a barber for most of his life, trying several times to retire, and with his license still active at 89 years old. He had so many clients over the years that he was able to recognize people by the back of their heads.
Remembering him warmly until they join him in Heaven are his son-in-law Mack Canady and daughter-in-love Debby Canady; five grandchildren, Monica Clendenin (Carter), Andy Canady, Heather Williams (Bradly), Chandres Pickett (Scott), and Madison Kidd; and thirteen great-grandchildren Brandon, Stella, Mackayla, Colleen, Viktorya, Ayden, Lindsey, Carolina, Elijah, Brice, Denny, Dallas, and Sadie.
Memorial gifts can be made out to Living Waters Baptist Church, 5667 Old Randleman Rd, Greensboro, NC  27406.

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