Russell McConnell of Terra Alta, Cranesville

Russell K. McConnell, 76, of Terra Alta, Cranesville Community, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at Garrett County Memorial Hospital, Oakland, MD. He was born August 23, 1935 in Radnor, WV, a son of the late R.L. and Norma Curnutte McConnell. He was a member of Oakland Church of Christ where he enjoyed teaching Sunday School. Russell graduated from Berea College in Kentucky, and received a Masters in Education from WVU. He worked for 45 years in the public school system. He taught in Michigan, New Jersey, Maryland and West Virginia. His hobby was antiques. He was a former member of the Terra Alta Moose Lodge and the Rotary. He is survived by a step-son, Lee Allen; two step-daughters, Renee Overby and Bronte Miller; two brothers, Jim McConnell of Terra Alta and Joe McConnell of Williamstown, WV; a sister-in-law, Vivian McConnell of Terra Alta; a special niece, Chiquita Sweitzer and spouse, Randy, with whom he made his home for the last three years, and her children, W.T. and Sam, and his pride and joy great-great nephew, Diesel; several step-grandchildren; and many additional nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne McConnell; two brothers, B.F. McConnell and Rightley McConnell; five sisters, Flora White, Edna Stackpole, Edith Sharps, Marie Grieves and Lilly “Boots” Perry. Family and friends may call at the Arthur H. Wright Funeral Home, Terra Alta, from 2-4 and 6-8 Thursday and from 12 noon on Friday, May 4, 2012 until the 1:00 p.m. time of service with George Randall officiating. Burial will follow in the Terra Alta Cemetery. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to Oakland Church of Christ, PO Box 103, Oakland, MD 21550
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