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John Virgil Russell

July 15, 1950 ~ October 5, 2019 (age 69)



John Virgil Russell went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 with his family by his side.

A Memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 11th, 2019 at 1:00PM at Grace United Methodist Church with Rev. Tony Calhoun, Rev. Jim Owen, Chaplain Ricky Dawson and Rev. Ken Simmons officiating. Burial will be held privately in the Clinton Cemetery.

Born in 1950 in New Hanover County, John was the son of the late Wilson Douglas and Annie Owen Russell. John was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, retired from Johnston County Environmental Health Services and an avid Motorcycle Rider and a dirt bike racer, who loved life.

John is survived by his wife, Pat R. Russell of 31 years; two stepsons, Anthony W. Steffen and James H. Boyette of Clinton; two granddaughters, Tiffany Matthis and husband, Justin and Brittany Honeycutt both of Clinton; two great grandsons, Graysin Honeycutt and Lawson Matthis of Clinton; two brothers, Stanley Russell and wife, Sandy of Titusville, Florida and Charles Russell of Lusby, Maryland; one nephew, Jason Russell of Maryland; two nieces, Margaret Roberts of Southport and April Gray of Maryland; one brother-in-law, John Roberts  and many cousins and great nieces and nephews and a loyal companion, Phoebe.

The family will receive friends on Friday, following the memorial service in the Church fellowship hall and other times at his home. The family wishes to thank Libery Hospice for their kind and loving care.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 800 Smith St. Clinton, NC or Duke Neurological Disorders Clinic, 932 Morreene Rd. Durham, NC. 27705.

Royal-Hall is honored to serve the Russell family.

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Memorial Service
October 11, 2019

1:00 PM
Grace United Methodist Church
800 Smith St.
Clinton, NC 28328

October 11, 2019

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Grace UMC Fellowship Hall
800 Smith St.
Clinton, NC 28328


Clinton Cemetery
Elizabeth Street
Clinton, NC 28328

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