Mr. Withers is survived by his daughter, Dana R. Withers of Mt. Vernon; stepson, David Lister of Mt. Vernon; stepdaughters, Diana Lister of Nashville, Tenn. and Celeste Hunt of Beaufort, S.C.; a sister, Lindi W. Janes of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; brothers, Richard Kent Withers of Cape Girardeau, Mo., James K. Withers and wife Pam Withers of Keokuk, Iowa and William J. Withers and wife Victoria Withers of Theodore, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his father, W.R. Withers Sr. and mother, Ruth H. Withers.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Hughey Funeral Home. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon.
Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Hughey Funeral Home.
For those who wish, memorials may be given to the W. Russell Withers Jr. Scholarship Fund at Southern Illinois University and will be accepted at the funeral home or may be mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.