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James S. Russell Obituary


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“BETSY, SANDRA AND I LOVED JAMES AND MISS HIM ALREADY VERY MUCH; IN FACT, EVERYONE WE KNEW LOVED JAMES. HE IS NOW IN HEAVEN WITH OUR OTHER LOVED ONES...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: JOHN AND SANDRA RUSSELL - DURHAM, NC

“My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Betsy and all of James' family. He was loved so much, and will be missed by all of us. "Isaiah 43:2" ”
2 of 7 | Posted by: Lisa Ballantyne - Waynesville, NC

“I will miss you so very much. You took a part of me with you to heaven, so even though you are there and I am still here on earth, we are still...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Portia Devine - Waynesville, NC

“We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We always enjoyed Mr. Russell visiting us at the bank. He always had a smile for us. We will really miss him....Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Bank of North Carolina - NC

“I am sorry to read about James death, he and I have talked plenty of times over the years, always enjoyed him. Your family will be in our prayers. ”
5 of 7 | Posted by: Tommy Hudson - Durham, NC

“I am sorry to hear of your loss. When we lose someone in death, the pain, the grief and the feeling of helplessness can seem unbearable. The Bible...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: R Brown - Camden, SC

“Debi and I both loved our uncle Tum & Betsy very much. We will always cherish the memories and the lovely time we spent with them on our wedding...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Mr.& Mrs.Dale Hill - Rougemont, NC


Maggie Valley, James Sherwood Russell, age 70, passed away on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at MedWest Haywood. James was a native of Granville County, NC, he had resided in Apex, NC; before moving to Haywood County in 2004. He was the son of the late Sidney and Gladys Faulkner Russell. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Sidney Russell and a sister, Doris Rau. James was employed as a mail clerk at Durham Community College and the Research Park. He loved horses, traveling and being a foster parent. James was a member of First Baptist Church of Maggie Valley. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betsy Cotton Russell; a sister, Virginia Hill (Lewis), of Ridgemont, NC; three brothers, Luther Russell (Jenny), of Stem, NC; George Russell (Shirley), of Creedmore, NC and John Russell (Sandra) of Durham; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend Portia Divine (Bill). Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2012 in the Waynesville Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Reverend Ricky Mason and Reverend Greg Allison officiating. Entombment will follow at Garrett Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Maggie Valley, 3634 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC 28751.

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