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James Iva Russell, Jr., affectionately called Iva, by his family, departed this life peacefully, on September 18, 2013 at the Summit Ridge Rehabilitation Center in West Orange, NJ. James Iva Russell, Jr., was born on September 26, 1939 to Mable Rochester and James Iva Russell Sr. James was educated in the Newark school system, His friends gave him the nick name of *Apples*, because he constantly craved for the fruit and was often seen crunching down on a shiny red delicious apple during lunch recess. This trait continued through-out his life. Iva enlisted in the United States Army, after graduating from Newark Vocational High School. His siblings were very proud of their big brother and enjoyed the letters he would write home about his experiences serving his country around the world as an army paratrooper. After an honorable discharge, James returned home and became a drug counselor at one of the first prestigious drug programs implemented in the City of Newark. Iva also worked as a paralegal and helped to alter the lives of numerous drug dependent clients towards a more positive life. During this early stage of his life, James was united in marriage to Joyce Chapman and out of that union two (2) sons were born; Iva Russell of New York and Keith Russell of Newark, NJ. James was employed as a Foreman with the Woodbridge Development Center from 1985 until his retirement in 2010. He was beloved by absolutely everyone who knew him at the Development Center, and returned periodically to the facility to fellowship with the employees. James was really loved by everyone he came in contact with and had great concern for others. He was well liked because of his giving nature and sense of humor. James was hilarious and loved to crack jokes and always kept everyone around him laughing. On September 12, 1997, James was united in marriage to his beloved friend and wife Ella Russell. Ella is somewhat of a globetrotter which gave James an opportunity to join Ella in her travel pursuits and they both travelled extensively. Iva especially loved to go on cruises. James and Ella travelled to New Orleans, Canada, Barbados, Mexico, Puerto Rico and numerous other exotic places together. James was a God fearing man who always gave God the Glory and was a member of Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark for over 40 years. James was predeceased in death by both adoring parents, James Iva Russell Sr. and Mable Rochester, along with his beloved stepfather, Robert Stanley Rochester, his sister Yvonne Lee (Walter) and his son Reginald Russell. He leaves to mourn his loving and devoted wife, Ella; sons Iva Russell of New York and Keith Russell of Newark, NJ; three step sons; Lonnie Griffin of Irvington; NJ; David Griffin of Bloomfield, NJ and Lamont Robinson of Albany, NY; two daughters Nicole Davis (Christopher) of Baltimore, MD and Vananza Rhodes (Troy) of Maplewood, NJ; nine loving siblings; Sandra Carney of Maplewood, NJ; Robert Russell of Maplewood, NJ; Gregory Rochester of Newark, NJ and Darryl Rochester of Newark, NJ; Pearl Simpson of Roselle, NJ; Crystal Powell and Lester Mitchell of Newark, NJ; Deborah Tuddles and Rosalind Reeves of Newark, NJ and Louella Williams of East Orange, N.J. a special sister-in-law whose counsel he often sought and whom he loved dearly. He also leaves six grandchildren; Keith Russell, Jr.; Naomi Russell; Troy Rhodes; Shakree Rhodes; Makayla Davis and Makenzie Davis, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. This Online Memorial has been created to commemorate the life of James I. Russell Jr. You are invited to add a Tribute in his memory. Please sign "Guestbook" below to add your own memories, reflections, thoughts or condolences.

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