William J. Russell Sr.

Published 7:55 pm Saturday, August 16, 2014

William J. Russell Sr., a native of Nansemond County, departed this life on Aug. 14, 2014, at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk.

He retired from International Paper.

He leaves to cherish fond memories: four daughters, Lisa Patron, of Suffolk, Debra Custis (Levin III), of Baltimore, Md., Lillie Jones and Pamela Russell, both of Suffolk; four sons, William J. Russell Jr. (Lizzie), Wade Russell, James Dean Russell and Gregory Underwood, all of Suffolk; one brother, Anthony Russell Sr. (Linda), of Franklin; two sisters; Eula Hunter (Jerome), of Suffolk, and Brenda Diggs, of Emporia; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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The family will receive friends at 4980 Holy Neck Road, Suffolk. The processional on Wednesday will leave from 6209 Leafwood Road.

Viewing will be held on Tuesday from 1 to 8 p.m. at Hunter’s Funeral Home in Gates, N.C. (701 Highway 158 W.)

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Laurel Hill United Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Services have been entrusted to Hunter’s Funeral Home in Gates.