Fred Russell of Lavalette

Fred Russell, 88, of Lavalette, WV, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011 at the Huntington Veterans Affairs Hospital following a brief illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2011 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, Wayne, WV, by Rev. John Harris. Burial will follow at Community Memorial Gardens, Wayne. He was born April 24, 1922 at East Lynn, WV, a son of the late Harvey and Tennessee Napier Russell. Fred was a realtor and investor for over 50 years, and founded Russell Realty which had offices in Wayne, Lavalette, and Huntington. He was a Royal Arch Mason and member of Wayne Masonic Lodge #18, AF & AM, as well as Wayne Chapter 156, Order of Eastern Star. He was a charter member of the Huntington Area AARP, was an associate member of the Wayne County Economic Development Authority, and was also a member of the Huntington Board of Realtors. Through the years, he held many positions including FEMA representative, Wayne County Building Permit Officer, and assistant to the assessor. He enjoyed working with youth and sponsored Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little League teams and Wayne Order of Rainbow Girls. He was a former co-owner of Wayne Monument Company, and Wayne Florist. He owned and operated Fred’s Barber Shop for over 50 years. Fred was a proud U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in General Eisenhower’s Division. He received five major Battle Stars, a Gold Leaf, Good Conduct Medal, as well as the Purple Heart from injuries sustained in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a life member of VFW Post 1064 in Huntington and American Legion Post 93 in Kenova. In addition to his parents, a son, Randall Brent Russell, six brothers, John, Audley, Norman, Milton, Edgar and Earl Russell, three sisters, Ethel, Elsie and Julia, and a grandson, Tyler Dane Russell, also preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Flora New Ross Russell; a son, Keith Dekker Russell (Sheila) of Huntington, WV; two daughters, Mitzi Elaine Russell of Lavalette, WV, and Heather Freddie Russell Blatt (Jeff) of Huntington, WV; a sister, Stella Mae Ferguson of Wayne, WV; five grandchildren, Keith Russell (April) of Wayne, WV, Randall Russell with the U.S. Navy in Norfolk, VA, Russell Blatt (Christie) of Knoxville, TN, Betsy Blatt (Brandon) of Winfield, WV, and Dolly Williams (Eric) of Catlettsburg, KY; and two great-grandchildren, Sarah Russell of Wayne, WV and Jonathan Meddings of Catlettsburg, KY. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 25, 2011 at Morris Funeral Home.