On July, 11, 1958 Benny Ross Russell and Barbara Ann Perryman were married in Marietta, Oklahoma. The couple met while attending Waxahachie High School.
Benny was born in Breckenridge, Texas and received a doctorate degree in chemistry from Texas A&M University. Barbara was born in Texarkana, Arkansas and has worked in real estate in Denton for over forty years. She is owner of Barbara Russell Realtors.
The couple is active in politics and local sports. Barbara works with the Republican party and Benny has officiated basketball and football for over fifty years.
The Russells have two daughters: Karene and DeLena, and four grandchildren: Samantha and Nicholas Rinks of Denton and Nathan and Natalie Neill of Abilene, Texas.
The couple celebrated their 55 wedding anniversary at a dinner with their family.