Mr. Robert Lee Russell, 72, was born in Gum Neck, N.C., on July 24, 1951, to the late Berney Lee Russell Sr. and Violet Louvenia Roberts Russell. He departed this life on Thursday, December, 21, 2023.

Robert at one time worked as a construction worker. He enjoyed watching Westerns and all kinds of sports. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Delores Russell; and his brother, Cal Edward Russell.

He leaves to cherish the memory of his life his daughter, Perry (Jose) Palacious of the home; one brother, Gene Chauncey Russell of Mooresville, N.C.; three sisters, Delores Ward of Georgia, Della (William) Norman of Virginia Beach, Va., and Dorothy “Doris” Wiggins of Norfolk, Va.; three grandchildren, Stephen Bernard Williams, Henry Odell (Adriana) Williams, and Alexis Juanita Williams; five great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Celebration of Life services will be held on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary at 12:30 p.m. Pastor Kenneth Odom will be officiating the service. Visitation will be from 12 to 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home, and burial will follow in the Belmont Cemetery.

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Rutledge and Bigham Mortuary is serving the Russell family.