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Gilbert Russell “Rusty” McSpadden, III November 1, 1968 - June 4, 2019

Gilbert Russell “Rusty” McSpadden, III of Memphis,TN passed away on June 4,2019 after an extended illness. Rusty was born November 1, 1968   to Gilbert R.  “Gibby” McSpadden, Jr. and Jane Ridens McSpadden of Memphis, TN.

Rusty graduated from Central High School, entertaining others with his ability to “act” in different dialects.  He attended elementary school at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, where he was an acolyte and member of Boy Scout Troop 34.  Active in the the Memphis Children’s Theatre, his love of acting was most evident when he portrayed Anna’s son in “The King and  I” with Theatre Memphis in 1981. He attended the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Scotland his freshman year of college, followed by graduation from the University of Memphis.  Rusty was employed at Dunavant Cotton Co. in Memphis, where he met his wife Sally Chassaniol.  They were married in May of 2011.  At the time of an anoxic brain injury in 2012, Rusty was with Louis Dreyfus Cotton Co., Memphis.

Preceded in death by his mother Jane Ridens McSpadden. He is survived by his wife Sally Chassaniol McSpadden of Southaven, MS; father Gilbert Russell ” Gibby” McSpadden Jr. and wife Jan of Ridgeland, MS,; sister Amy McSpadden, nephew Stone McSpadden, both of  Memphis; stepsons John Helms, III, wife Mary, and children Taylor, Brady, Zack, and Avery;  and Will Helms and children Hannah, Hunter, and Daisy.

In lieu of flowers,the family request  memorials be sent to Locus Benedictus Religious Retreat Center, P.O. Box 9791, Greenwood, MS 38930 or to  Central High School Class of 1987, c/o Robbie Johnson Weinberg, 242 Cooper St., Memphis, TN 38104, to benefit the theatre program.

A memorial service is planned for a later date.



  1. REPLY
    Alex Lambah says

    Dear family McSpadden,
    Myself and many of my friends from St Andrews University have been deeply saddened to hear of Rusty’s passing just one month ago. It comes as quite a shock as I had been trying to make contact again with Rusty just this week after many years and was hoping to perhaps arrange a visit to see him when I plan to be in the USA later this year. I am so sorry to have missed the chance to see him again.
    Rusty was a great and interesting character whom everyone in St Regulus Hall in St Andrews knew. He had a big personality and was a great host of many late night parties in his room. He came to stay with me and my family once during the University holidays and often called me once in a while from the USA.
    He was always highly entertaining, warm and generous.
    I am sorry I lost touch with him latterly and his passing so prematurely is desperately sad news.
    Please accept my sincerest sympathies at this terribly difficult time. I extend this sentiment from across the globe on behalf of many former friends and acquaintances of Rusty’s who knew him during some of our happiest days as students together in St Andrews.

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    Thomas Wukovich says

    Gibby I am so sorry to read of your sons passing. I remember him as a happy young boy who was a pleasure to be around. I remember his Wedding photos of the two of you in your kilts. Please know that you’re in my thoughts at this time.

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