Life sometimes presents us with difficult times. In those moments, we seek the comfort of knowing that other people care about us. At Russell Haven of Rest, our calling is to offer that care, comfort and reassurance in a uniquely personal and all-embracing way.

Here at our family-owned funeral home, we offer one-to-one attention from a staff that strives to make you feel as welcome and comfortable as you would in your own home. We will be there for you at every step of planning and carrying out a celebration of the life of your loved one. With the changing traditions and customs in funeral rites, there is a common theme: A life was lived and someone will be missed.

We can take care of all your needs at a single location and answer all your questions about caskets, vaults, burial spaces, grave markers, veterans benefits, prearrangement, cremation and urns. Once your questions are answered, you choose what services fit your family traditions, fulfill your expressions of faith and offer comfort to your loved one.

Welcome to Russell Haven of Rest, A Place Of Comfort And Compassion.

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“You all are the best and have done everything possible to make this most difficult time a bit easier...”
Laurie Latour; September 2017

“Very kind and nice during our difficult time. ”
James Minton; September 2017

“Everything was handled not only professionally, but with care and concern for my needs.”
Jeffery Stahl; August 2017

“Wonderful & Professional!”
Darla Mayo; August 2017

“The staff was so very caring and kind, couldn't ask for better helpfulness.”
June Allen; August 2017

“I appreciate all the staff there. All of them make the process very comfortable and always treat me as family.”
Doris Dorfman; July 2017

“Jeff and John went above and beyond our expectations providing professional service and compassionate support.”
Mei Cavanaugh; June 2017

“You did an excellent job, things went smoothly. You have a beautiful funeral home that provided all my needs for the funeral.”
Robin Hayes; July 2017

“All the staff members I met were excellent in helping me make arrangements for my daughter. I am so impressed I plan to make some pre-arranged decisions for myself. ”
Jaunell Cloud; July 2017

“We appreciated that they weren't pushy & didn't try to up sell. When our aunt died suddenly we finalized plans over the phone, as we live out of state. ”
Vinkemulder Family; April 2017

“The most professional and genuine caring people in the business. I will never forget your constant care before and after my mother's passing and your words, 'We will treat her as she is our family, our mother' and you did! The location is serene, private and beautiful.”
Nancy Kid; May 2015

“I liked the way we were treated, we always received prompt responses to any queries we had. The staff acted with empathy and were very professional.”
Bob Carpenter; May 2015

“I don't think you will ever find more compassionate, considerate, kindhearted folks ever. I have witnessed your staff interact with many of my friend's loved ones that have passed away. You are amazing, making one of the hardest times in your life a little easier.”
Susie Wolf; May 2015

Our Leadership

Leader

Anna Campbell Starks, Local Owner

  • Graduate of St. Petersburg College of Funeral Services
  • Licensed Funeral Director
  • B.A.degree in Business Managment from University of North Florida
  • Married: husband, Brandon Starks
  • Children: Charlotte Mae and Grayson
  • Member: Clay Women in Business
  • Trained in Crematory operation
Leader

Jeff Gaver, Funeral Director

  • Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science graduate, 1981
  • Married: wife - Lynn; two children
  • Deacon, Russel Baptist Church
  • Licensed Funeral Director since 1983
  • Trained in Crematory operation