The first burial in the former Russell Baptist Church Cemetery was in 1937. In 1999, Russell Baptist Church gave the 1.6-acre cemetery to Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery in order to enjoy the protection of state licensure and to guarantee perpetual care.
This special area is now the heritage section of Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery. We are honored to be entrusted with the oversight of this sacred ground and the guardianship of the burial records. Burial eligibility in the Heritage Section is restricted and determined by the Russell Baptist Church Cemetery Committee.
In order to provide burial space for all citizens, 25 acres of adjacent land was dedicated as cemetery property, and approximately 8 acres has been developed for current use. After 2 years of professional planning, surveying, and construction, Russell Haven of Rest was dedicated as a state licensed, community cemetery on Veteranâ€™s Day, November 11, 2001.
The name, Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery, comes from a combination of two ideas. Russell denotes the early name for this area of Clay County, while Haven of Rest is from a favorite old church song, The Haven of Rest, written by H. L. Gilmour.
The following stanza and chorus from Gilmour's song express the peacefulness of the grounds:
The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole, Has been the old story so blest Of Jesus, who will save whosoever will have A home in the Haven of Rest. I've anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest, I'll sail the wide seas no more; The tempest may sweep or the wild, stormy deep In Jesus I'm safe evermore.
After two years of professional planning and guidance and a strenuous licensing process, Russell Haven of Rest Cemetery was dedicated on Veterans Day, November 11, 2001.
The entrance is designed to welcome all visitors and our dedicated nature conservation area creates an unusually peaceful, natural setting. Our modern cemetery office is comfortably furnished and arranged as a home. The staff is friendly and helpful to ensure a proper welcome and efficient service to all visitors.
In January, 2004, Anna Campbell joined the staff of RHR Cemetery. Shortly after graduating from UNF with a degree in Business Management, Anna began to consider returning to college for a degree in Funeral Services.
Many families that used RHR for burial arrangements asked for a funeral home in order to provide all services involved with death care in one beautiful, convenient location with people that they knew and trusted.
In August, 2007, Jeff Gaver, LFD, joined the staff and the licensing process for a funeral home establishment was initiated.Families appreciate the opportunity to meet with the same person for funeral and burial arrangements at one time in one location. Russell Haven of Rest guarantees professional excellence and personal, compassionate service to all families.