William “Bill” Russell was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who went to be with The Lord on March 25th, 2021. Bill was born September 24th, 1938 in Lynchburg, VA to the late Archie and Gertrude Russell. Bill was preceded in death by his siblings Marjorie Hutcherson, Sybil Russell, Stanley Russell, and Donald Russell.
Bill is survived by his loving wife Alise Russell, sister Doris Dalton, son Tony Russell and wife Anne, son William Todd Russell and wife Billie, daughter Tracie Clark and husband Robert, grandchildren Lauren Hinerth and husband Sean, Meredith French and husband John, Haley Berger and husband Collin, William Boyd Russell and girlfriend Nicole Perry, great grandchildren Albert Hinerth, Reagan Hinerth, Marilyn French and Melanie French.
Bill joined the United States Navy at the age of 17 and retired after 20 years of service. He then worked for 11 years in maintenance at Military Circle Mall. He then returned to serve the government as a Civil Service employee as a Contract Mechanical Inspector for an additional 20 years.
After retirement, Bill enjoyed helping family and friends as well as spending time with his grandchildren and friends at Azalea Baptist Church, of which he and his wife have been dedicated members for almost 50 years. Bill was the first person one could call for help and was known to give the shirt off his back. He and Alise would graciously open their home to anyone who needed a place to stay.
The Family will host a viewing for friends and family Thursday April 1st from 7pm to 9pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5033 Rouse Dr., Virginia Beach VA 23462. Funeral service will be held at 11:00am on April 2nd at Azalea Baptist Church, 3314 East Little Creek Rd, Norfolk VA 23518 followed by burial at 1:30pm at the Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery, 5310 Milners Rd., Suffolk, VA 23434.
If you met Bill, you would not easily forget him. He was best known for his sense of humor and quick wit. Bill was loved by all and will be missed dearly.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Azalea Baptist Church in his name.
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Date: Friday, April 2, 2021
Time: 11:00 am
Azalea Baptist Church
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