James C. Russell Sr., 78

JAN. 22, 1935-AUG. 10, 2013

August 12, 2013

James Cay Russell Sr., 78, of Fairplay, Md., passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at his home.

Born Jan. 22, 1935, in Adairville, Ky., he was the son of the late Roy and Fannie Wilson Russell.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara F. Russell, in 2011.

He was employed by Handy & Harman in Martinsburg, W.Va., until his retirement. He was previously employed by Roper Eastern, Hagerstown, Md.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving in Korea.

He was of the Protestant faith.

He was a member of United Furniture Workers of America. He also was a member of Washington County Humane Society.

Survivors include daughter, Barbara J. Novak and her husband, Thomas, of Martinsburg; daughter, Sheila T. Ripple and her husband, Craig, of Marlowe, W.Va.; daughter, Denise M. Russell and her boyfriend, Dave Werdebaugh, of Williamsport, Md.; son, Charles E. Russell of Fairplay; grandchildren, Jeremy Smith and his wife, Cyndi, Jennifer Smith, Heather Ripple and fiancé, Ryan Hunt, Billy Ripple and Darrell Bloyer; great-grandson, Rylan Hunt; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by a son, James C. “Buddy” Russell Jr.; and two brothers, George Russell and Robert Russell.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport. The funeral home will be open after 9 a.m. Wednesday for the convenience of family and friends.

Funeral services will be Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, with the Rev. Charles Conley officiating. Military graveside services will be provided by AMVETS Post 10 and Marine Corps League of Hagerstown.

Memorial donations may be made to Humane Society of Washington County, 13011 Maugansville Road, Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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