C. H. Russell, 67, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at the Carl Vinson Veterans Hospital in Dublin. Mr. Russell was born Dec. 27, 1943 in Brantley County and had lived in Baxley for most of his life. He was self-employed as a welder and was a veteran of the United States Navy serving in the Vietnam War. C. H. loved his country and wanted to instill his love for the United States in the youth and all the citizens of Appling County. He organized the Veterans Day Parade for many years along with the help of his wife and family made this an event that honored the men and women that served in all the armed forces. Mr. Russell knew there had been many service men that had fought and died for the freedom we have today. He worked tirelessly helping veterans receive the VA benefits they were entitled to. He was a cook in the Navy and loved to cook for large events like Big Buck Day and other community functions. He was the son of the late Joseph Russell and the Clara Hickox Russell. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Stanley Russell.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Kathy Russell of Baxley; one daughter, Rebecca Polk of Panama City, FL; three sons, Richard Russell of Baxley, Anthony Russell of Florida and Kenneth Russell of Florida; step-sons, Clay (Blondale) Thomas of Douglas and Kelly (Michelle) Murphy of Baxley; brothers, Marvin (Pam) Russell of West Virginia, Burl (Rosemary) Russell of Florida, Lloyd (Rosie) Russell of Florida, Donnie Silver of Blackshear and Larry Joe Silver of Washington, D.C.; including eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive.
Memorial services for Mr. C. H. Russell were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 with Military honors in the chapel of David E. Miles Funeral Home with the Rev. J. W. Griffin officiating. Lewis Parker gave the eulogy. The memorial service was closed with the Navy Flag Detail and bugler, and then the flag was presented to his wife, Kathy Russell.
Arrangements were under the direction of David E. Miles Funeral Home.