Bill Russell

June 17, 2016

Funeral for Billy Noel Russell, 84, of Hartselle will be  Sat., June 25, at 11 a.m. at Peck Funeral Home Chapel.

Mr. Russell died June 17, 2016 after a long illness. He was born in Itawamba County, MS. in 1931. His family moved to Cullman in 1940. He later graduated from Cullman High School in 1949. He graduated from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) in 1953 with a degree in mechanical engineering where he was a member of the engineering honor fraternity, Tau Beta Pi. He began his career at Esso (now Exxon) in Alvin, Texas. He made several moves with Esso and eventually was at corporate headquarters in Houston, Texas. He later moved his family back to Alabama where he started Russell Forest Products. He was a member of the Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity and served on the Hartselle City Schools Board of Education. He is remembered as a loving husband and father, and a generous and fair employer. He was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Hartselle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Earlene Russell of Cullman.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Patterson Russell; his brother, Bob Russell (Sandy); five children, Julie Hall, Laura Kellogg (Terry), Karen Martin, Jennifer Ricks (Jimmy) and Kelly Russell (Laura); 10 grandchildren, Ben Hall (Kristin), Zak Kellogg, Zane Kellogg (Beth), Katharine Thomas (Jake), Andrew Martin, Will Chappell (Dannah), Caroline Chappell, Allison, Elizabeth and Curtis Russell; and five great-grandchildren; Zander, Braun, Magnus and Oliver Kellogg and Oliver Thomas.

The family wants to recognize and thank his faithful, loving caregivers: Brenda Kirby, Jessica Hale, Tina Merrell and Sonja Whisman; as well as the caregivers from Alabama Health Care Specialists. The family is so grateful to them all. They would also like to thank Hospice of the Valley for their wonderful care and support of Mr. Russell in the final stages of his illness.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to “Habitat for Humanity”: P.O. Bos 1651, Decatur, AL 35602.

 

 

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