Farming Rural 18

James Larry Russell

September 11, 1942 ~ March 14, 2020 (age 77)



James Larry Russell, age 77 lovingly known as “Paw” of Rutherfordton went to meet Jesus, face to face on March 14, 2020, surrounded by his family who loved him dearly.

 Paw devoted his life to serving the Lord. He had a special love for family, farming, mechanics, his dog (Bubba) and his chickens. Paw was a hero to many. Known for his upstanding character, passion for prayer, and love for his church family.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Russell; two sons, Keith (Tami) Russell and Rodney (Leslie) Russell all of Green Creek, NC; two step-sons, Wayne Lunsford of Green Creek, NC and Richard (Donna) Lunsford of Leicester, NC; six grandchildren, Kelsey (Jess) Foster, Kailey Russell, Ty Russell and Cory Russell all of Green Creek, NC, Aaron Lunsford and Austin Lunsford of Candler, NC; six beloved great grandchildren; three sisters, Roberta Fish, Barbara Ann (Clarence) Robinson, Nancy Corn all of Fletcher, NC; many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Stateline Baptist Church, 495 Beehive Rd, Columbus, NC, on Tuesday, March 17, 2020   from 4:30-6:30 PM with the funeral service following at 6:30 PM with Rev. Randy Metcalf officiating.

 Graveside Service will be 11 AM Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at Pores Ford Baptist Church Cemetery, 3531 Poor’s Ford Rd, Rutherfordton, NC with Rev. Jimmy Cox and Rev. Randy Metcalf officiating.

 Pallbearers will be, Ty Russell, Cory Russell, Alexander Rivas, Wicho Rivas, Wayne Lunsford, and Richard Lunsford.

Memorials can be made to Stateline Baptist Church or Hospice of Rutherford County.

Sanders Funeral Home of Columbus, NC.

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March 17, 2020

4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Stateline Baptist Church (Columbus, NC)

Funeral Service
March 17, 2020

6:30 PM
Stateline Baptist Church (Columbus, NC)

Graveside Service
March 18, 2020

11:00 AM
Pore's Ford Baptist Church Cemetery
Poor's Ford Rd.
Rutherfordton, NC 28139

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