Carroll S. Russell, Sr.

Carroll S. Russell,. Sr, 73, of Front Royal, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2019
in his home surrounded by his loving family.
Carroll was born on March 8, 1946, in Huntly, Virginia son of the late Abner Theodore Russell
and Lelia Ann Jett Russell. He was a graduate of Criser High School. Following graduation, he
joined the United States Army where he served during Vietnam. Carroll was a long-time member
of Williams Chapel CME Church where he served as Chairman of the Board of Stewards and a
trustee. He was a member of St. Luke 312 Masonic Lodge where he was a 3 rd degree Mason. He
worked for Avtex Fibers in Front Royal and retired from MWAA Dulles Airport after many
dedicated years.
Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 50 years Thelma Love Russell; two sons Carroll S.
“C” Russell, Jr. and Faron Russell and wife Johanna of Manassas; daughter-in-law Lisa Russell
of Manassas: two sisters Lillian G. Taylor of Front Royal and Kesley Russell of Huntly; four
grandchildren who he adored Alexis, Carlise, Alyssa, and Alivia; four sisters-in-law Ann Russell
of Winchester, Shirl Love and husband Enoch, Jr. of Richmond, Karen Love and husband
Michael, Sr. of Cary, Illinois, and Cora Love of Front Royal; brothers-in-law Kodzo Love of
Richmond and Rev. Howard Frye of Huntly; a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; God
Daughters and a God Son; and many close friends.
Carroll was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Arthur Wardell Russell and Abner
Morris Russell; three sisters Mary Lee Frye, Demetrice Russell, and Helena Adams Russell; and
brother-in-law George Taylor.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 30 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at
the Front Royal United Methodist Church. A Home Going service will be held on Saturday at
12:00 p.m. at the church with The Rev. Kevin Agee officiating. Interment will follow in the
Russell Family Cemetery in Huntly.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Williams Chapel CME Church, P.O. Box 279, Front
Royal, Virginia 22630.

  7 comments for “Carroll S. Russell, Sr.

  1. Bob Barlett
    November 27, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    Please have comfort in that you, your mom and Faron are in my daily thoughts. He is at rest and no longer suffering and be thankful for that. I would come, but we play Saturday and I need to be there. I’ll explain later. Much love from Bob and Ellen and the whole Barlett family. Give your mom a hug from me and be strong for her.
    Much love,
    Coach B

  2. Saundra Johnson
    November 27, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Cee, I know how your dad was about his family! I see those same traits in you so that certainly says a lot! I am grateful to have met him and know that your family will continue to cherish his memories, hold them close and allow God to help you heal. Trust that God makes no mistakes. He certainly does not want His precious vessels to suffer. Love you,

  3. Brenda Barton
    November 27, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    To all the Russell Family my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless each of you.

  4. Tim
    November 27, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    What a great and awesome father and friend Mr. Russell lived to be. He will be truly missed. I loved the way his sons portrayed their father to the world. Their is allot of honor and respect for the Russell Family and a big major contributor is, was, and will always be Mr. Russell.

    God Bless the Russell Family and may the legacy continue on.


    Mr. Timothy and Dee Davis and the Family.

  5. Darryl Williams
    November 28, 2019 at 10:29 am

    My love and prayers go to the Russell Family. To know so many families in my life there is no doubt none as great as the Russell family. Mr.Russell will be missed greatly with the love he showed me and many others. Thank you sir. Love you. Rest easy Mr.Russell. 💙💙💙🙏🙏🙏

  6. November 30, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Caroll represents a major portion of local African American history….. a time that harkens back to our struggle for educational parity. He was part of a growing Rappahannock County student body that attended Criser High School which added so much to the successes and viability of this institution. He also sits amongst a small group of local African-American students that graduated from this “school on the hill” and was a member of the graduating class of 1965.

    Rest in Peace Brother

  7. The Martins
    November 30, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Mr. Russell was a warm, kind man with a powerful handshake, easy and hearty laugh, and an even bigger hug. He was so welcoming, generous, and a real OG. He will be missed, but his spirit lives on in his children and the great example he set for the entire family.

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