Aug. 6, 1930 – Sept. 16, 2018
Charles Milton Russell was born on Aug. 6, 1930 in Wilmington, N.C. to Thelma Howard Russell and Luther Oscar Russell, both deceased. His siblings Luther (Sonny) Russell, Donald Weeks Russell and Betty Ann Saliba Lioon are also deceased. He passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 16, 2018.
After graduation from New Hanover High School he entered into Emory University School of Business. He was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. After he worked for several corporations in 1968 he started a wholesale motor oil company (Beam Oil) in Atlanta. He sold it in 1984 and sold commercial real estate in Conyers for American Land Mart. He acquired several rental houses and formed Russell Rentals LLC.
He was a member of the Kiwanis Club serving as President of Peachtree Atlanta Kiwanis and Rockdale Kiwanis. In Conyers, he served on several community committees and was President of Rockdale Republican Party. In Lake Oconee he was a board member of Circle of Love, and a master gardener.
In his sophomore year, he married his high school sweetheart Shirley Phillips Russell. If he had lived until December, they would have been married 68 years. They have three children: Libby Beasley-Perdue (Robert) of Cartersville, Charles (Chuck) Russell, Jr. (Beth) of Conyers and Nancy Russell Hunter (Fred) of Greensboro, Ga. He had five grandchildren: Heather Russell Eckstein (Paul) of Dallas, Texas, Sha Ristroph (Steve) of Cartersville, Charles (Chip) Russell III (Brandi) of Macon, Callie Russell Hecht (Ben) of Columbus, Crisara Douglas Hunt (Marc) of Marietta. He adored his great grandchildren Bailey, Faith, Madison, Emma, Sam, James, Amanda, Jack, Hatsy, Charles IV, and Mills. Also two great-great grandchildren Kaydence and Audrey.
Charles loved politics, fishing, traveling all over the world and the United States, going to and giving parties, and fellowship with friends. He never met a stranger. His greatest joy was being with all the family on vacations and birthdays. He recently celebrated his 88th birthday with all the family present. His extended family included several nieces and nephews. He enjoyed his fellowship with his neighbors in Double Branches. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Conyers and First United Methodist Church of Greensboro.
A service celebrating the life of Charles will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018 at 1 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 4741 Carey Station Road, Greensboro, GA 30642 with Rev. Hugh Hendrickson and Rev. Mike Morgan officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to St. Mary’s Hospice of Athens, 1021 Jamestown Blvd., Suite 215, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677, to the attention of Claudia. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at www.mccommonsfuneralhome.com to sign the online guest register.