Locals React To Former Big Spring Mayor's Death

Photo Courtesy of KBYG News in Big Spring
Photo Courtesy of KBYG News in Big Spring

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

UPDATE: Funeral Services for former Big Spring Mayor Russ McEwen have been set. There will be a viewing on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel. It was last from 5:00 PM TO 7:00 PM. The Rosewood Chapel is located at 906 Gregg St.

The funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 2012, at Trinity Baptist Church in Big Spring. It starts at 10:00 AM. Trinity Baptist Church is located at 1701 E. FM 700.

BIG SPRING- There are very heavy hearts for the Big Spring community Sunday as word spread that former Mayor Russ McEwen passed away early Sunday morning. He was 63 years old.

"He would have been a great mayor in any city. He was just a natural, natural leader and I came to see that in him as many people did. Big Spring will be a lot less now that he's not with us," City Councilman, Bobby McDonald, said.

Those were words of remembrance for the late Mayor of Big Spring Russ McEwen, he died of a heart attack around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

According to our partners at KBYG News, he started to serve the community as a City Council representative in the 1980's. He came back in the late '90's to finish out the term of Mayor Tim Blackshear. He was then elected his first full term as Mayor and served till 2010.

Many people showed their condolences on NewsWest 9's Facebook page.

"Very sad to hear, what a wonderful man he will be missed, RIP Russ," Stephanie wrote.

"He was my gymnastic coach too. I always thought very highly of him. My deepest sympathy to the family. What a wonderful man he was," Kathy wrote.

In February of 2011, The Big Spring Chamber of Commerce named McEwen man of the year. McDonald says even though the former Mayor may not be among us anymore, his legacy will never be forgotten.

"It's going to be very hard to go anywhere in Big Spring and not be touched by what he did, and start with Main Street. He wanted to make his city special. That was important for him and he did many things to make it special," McDonald said.

McEwen is survived by his wife Laura, three children and numerous grandchildren.

No word yet on when his funeral will be.