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In Memory of

William F. Russell

October 29, 1928 - October 13, 2016

Obituary


William Franklin Russell, 87, passed away on October 13, 2016, at the Hospice of Chattanooga Care Center after a courageous battle with cancer and Alzheimer's disease. He was born on October 29, 1928, the only child of Perry Lee Russell and Birdie Sharp Russell, in Scottsboro, Alabama. Following graduation from high school in Bridgeport, Alabama, he then moved to Chattanooga and has resided in Red Bank since 1953. He served in the Unites States Army during the Korean War. He worked 40 years in the electrical wholesale business including Graybar Electric Company, Sies Electric Supply...

William Franklin Russell, 87, passed away on October 13, 2016, at the Hospice of Chattanooga Care Center after a courageous battle with cancer and Alzheimer's disease. He was born on October 29, 1928, the only child of Perry Lee Russell and Birdie Sharp Russell, in Scottsboro, Alabama. Following graduation from high school in Bridgeport, Alabama, he then moved to Chattanooga and has resided in Red Bank since 1953. He served in the Unites States Army during the Korean War. He worked 40 years in the electrical wholesale business including Graybar Electric Company, Sies Electric Supply Company, and retired from Tennesco, Inc. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga and was a member of the Sanctuary Choir for 25 years. He enjoyed many kinds of music and was an accomplished guitarist. Bill particularly enjoyed Bluegrass music and was formerly a member of the Friends of Folk Music. He was a great example of a true southern, gentleman. He was kind, caring, and patient. He looked for the good in everyone and would not speak unkindly toward anyone. He was always content and happy with his life and enjoyed working in his yard and growing a vegetable garden. He will be so missed by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife Anna L. Wilkes Russell, whom he married in April 1953. His children include: William Lawrence (Teresa) Russell, Chattanooga; Luann (Michael) Lawson, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Wayne (Judy) Russell, Atlanta, Georgia; and the Rev. David (Karen) Russell, Mishawaka, Indiana. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Jamie Russell Jenkins, William Christopher Russell, Lisa Lawson, Tracy Lawson, Karlee Elizabeth Russell, Patrick O'Neal, and Dr. Michael O'Neal. There are also 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, at Chattanooga Funeral Home, Highway 153, Hixson, TN, with visitation from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. and the service beginning at 1:00 p.m. led by Rev. Chris Ehlers. Eulogy will be given by Rev. David Russell. Interment will be held in Hamilton Memorial Gardens following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 4411 Oakwood Road, Chattanooga, TN 37416.