Russel Owen Byers

Russel Owen Byers

Russel Owen Byers

January 14, 1958~April 11, 2021

Russel Owen Byers Obituary

It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Russel (Russ) Owen Byers, 63, of Crestview, Fl passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021 in Ft Walton Beach, Fl surrounded by the love of his wife, sister, brother, and his kids.
Russ was born January 14, 1958 in Muscatine, IA to Velma Davis. When Russ was 8 years old, he went to live with his sister Ann, her husband Del, and their daughter Lorie who was like a sister to him. In 1976, After graduating from Edwardsville High School, in Edwardsville, IL Russ joined the United States Air Force. After the Air Force he traveled the country as an Over the Road Truck driver; He was the owner of Home At Last furniture store, Crestview, FL; and Owner of Elray Enterprises, Crestview, FL, where he worked beside his wife Lisa for the last 20+ years.
In October 1979 Russ met the love of his life Lisa whom he married the following year on Valentine’s Day. They spent the next 41 years building a beautiful life with their three sons Justin, Logan, and Trevor. Russ loved fishing, playing guitar, listening to music, photography, and working with his hands building and fixing things in his free time. He was always there if someone needed help or if they just needed to sit and talk. He was a friend and mentor to so many people throughout his life.
Above all Russ was a family man. He loved his family first and spent his life making sure his wife, kids, and grandchildren knew how much he loved them. He is loved just as much by us all.
He leaves behind his loving and devoted wife Lisa Byers of Crestview, Fl; His children Justin Byers and his wife April of Crestview, Fl, Logan Byers of Crestview, Fl, and Trevor Byers of Crestview, Fl; His grandsons Christopher Roller Jr of Jacksonville, Fl and Jonathan Roller of Crestview, Fl; His Granddaughter Kaitlyn Byers of Crestview, Fl; His sisters Ruth M Byers (Sayre), Omaha, NE, Velma Ann Byers (Sewell) Mesa, AZ; His brother Walter L (Jake) Byers Cedarville, AR; and a never ending list of loved ones and friends.
Russel was preceded in death by Velma Davis (mother), Johnny and Nell Schmitz (grandparents), Dell Schmitz (brother-in-law).
A life so beautiful deserves the gathering of family and friends closest to him. He has touched the hearts of many and we would love to share stories and laughs with the people who meant so much to him. Please join us for his Celebration of Life Service on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Brackney Funeral Services 480 East James Lee Blvd Crestview, Fl 32539. Visitation will be at 2pm followed by the Service at 3pm. Dinner will be after services 4:30-5 at Fellowship Hall 550 Adams Drive Crestview, Fl 32536.

In Lieu of flowers the family has asked for donations to help support the local churches in our area.


Larry Pittman (Friend)

April 14, 2021, 12:00 am

Just like to say y’all are in our thoughts and prayers. He was a great man and good friend .I always looked forward to seeing him at tax time him and his wife and staff always treat my wife and mom and other family members he will be missed loved talking to him about fishing and our family’s mrs,Lisa if you need anything please let me know love y’all
Pittman family

Nova Shaffer (Customer)

April 15, 2021, 12:00 am

Took my mom to have her taxes fine every year he was so friendly and nice my mom really liked him

Noel and Luzmila Cumbia (Friends)

April 16, 2021, 12:00 am

We are so sorry and sad at your tremendous loss. May God bless you all

Mike and Susie Fleming (Clients)

April 16, 2021, 12:00 am

You knew Russ loved his family by the way he talked of the boys and Lisa, always with a smile. He was such a super nice person, always made your visit to the office less stressful. He will be sorely missed by all.

Sarah Washington (Customer )

April 16, 2021, 12:00 am

Praying for this family ! We learned so much from Russ as new business owners. We will miss him at Twin Hills Learning Center.

Gary & Sandra Morrisey (Friend )

April 16, 2021, 12:00 am

Lisa & Family,
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers!! May the Lord give you peace and comfort during this time.
The Morrisey’s

Samuel Haskell (Friend )

April 16, 2021, 12:00 am

mr. Russ done my dad’s taxes for many years he’s away had a smile on his face he definitely will be missed Mr.Russ thank you for everything you do for my dad fly high my friend

Jane Shaw (Friend)

April 17, 2021, 12:00 am

My heartfelt sympathy for you Lisa and family. My prayers for peace and healing for your hearts ! Russ was an awesome friend and a wonderful husband and father! We will greatly miss him! Praing for all of you!

Robert and Dora Carr (Customer/Friend)

April 17, 2021, 12:00 am

My wife and I are so sorry for your loss. Many years ago we started as customers with Elray taxes and it turned into a wonderful friendship. He loved his family so dearly and they were his world. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Russ Byers family..

James Wright (Friend)

April 17, 2021, 12:00 am

Russ begin filling out my taxes in 1985 and was in the Crestview Photo Club. I soundly remember shooting a Baker football game with him and his grandson on the field.

Debra E Gerrits (Acquaintance )

April 17, 2021, 12:00 am

So very sorry. Russ did my taxes, and such a kind person. Prayers for his family

David & Jari Baxter (Clients)

April 19, 2021, 12:00 am

We are so sorry to hear of Russ's passing. We wish to send his family our deepest sympathy.

Brenda Bess (Customer )

April 20, 2021, 12:00 am

Lisa and family, you have our heartfelt sympathy and prayers! Waylon & Brenda Bess

Joette Mateer and Joel Glenny (Customer/Friends)

April 20, 2021, 12:00 am

We wish you sincere sympathy and God's Grace and Peace in the loss of Russ. After becoming customers years ago, Russ became a trusted friend. He was loved and respected by us. He will be greatly missed. You have our prayers and thoughts as we all go through this sad time. God Bless you All!!!!

Rhonda Hubbard (Family friend)

April 22, 2021, 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear this. Sending prayers for comfort for the family.

Nelda Franklin (Friend/ Costumer)

April 22, 2021, 12:00 am

Lisa, and family I am so sorry for your loss, God bless and I will be praying for you and the family.

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