Samuel Russell Vaden

Born:                 July 08, 1972
Died:                 July 30, 2021

Turtle Years:   2005-2008
Section:            Baritone

A Turtle’s Tribute:

Obituary for Samuel Russell Vaden
Samuel Russell Vaden, 49, of Little Elm, TX, passed away Friday, July 30, 2021, in Frisco, TX. Russell was born July 8, 1972, in Jacksonville, AR to Bobbie Sampson Vaden and Onetah Faye Sellars.

Russell valued education as a lifelong learner and teacher, earning numerous degrees and academic accolades. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies at Austin Peay State University, Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology, Education Specialist degree in School Psychology, and Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Research all from The University of Memphis.

Russell has worked as a school psychologist since 2002, most recently at Prosper Independent School District from 2019-to present. Russell has also taught in higher education, most recently at Collin College in Frisco, TX. He is a published author of book chapters, journal articles, professional conference presentations, and grants.

Russell loved music of all kinds. He played the piano virtuously and sang in a beautiful baritone. His favorite songs were ballads, country, and showtunes. Russell performed in many musicals and straight plays throughout DFW. He loved and cared for his family and friends above all else. Russell enjoyed spending time with his rescued Boston Terriers: Buster and Bowen. He was a treasured husband, son, sibling, and friend who will leave lasting memories with those who loved him and those he helped.

Russell is survived by his spouse, Steven Jerome Arenz of Little Elm, TX; mother, Onetah F. Vaden of Lebanon, TN; brother, David and wife Sheila Winfree Vaden of Crossville, TN; sisters, Phyllis Dies and husband Ricky of Brush Creek, TN, Dawn Bass and husband David of Carthage, TN, and Paula Thomas and husband John of Hendersonville, TN; in addition to several nieces and nephews.

Russell was preceded in death by his father, Bobbie Sampson Vaden.

A memorial service will be held 2:00PM-3:00PM, Saturday, August 14, 2021, at Slay Memorial Chapel of Aubrey in Aubrey, TX. Online condolences may be shared at

Arrangements are under the direction of Terri Slay and Slay Memorial Funeral Center

A Turtle’s History

Samuel Russell Vaden

TURTLES & TUNA – June 2006 – sang “I Don’t Wanna Play House” in the
June 23rd performance and “Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond Of
Each Other” as a solo in the June 23rd and June 25th performances

TURTLES & TUNA DVD- July 2006 – sang “Cowboys Are Frequently
Secretly Fond Of Each Other” as a solo

FAMILY – PIPES AND DRUMS – December 2006 – sang “Silent Night” as
a solo

A FOND FAREWELL – July 2007 sang “Love Has Always Been Our Song”
with Buddy Mercer

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