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June 20, 2016
Sheila, Stacey, and family,
We were so saddened by the tragic loss of Russ. I will remember how easily he laughed and smiled! You all are in our prayers.
Laura & Mike
June 20, 2016
Sheila,Stacy, and family,
We were so saddened by the tragic loss of Russ. I will remember how easily he laughed and smiled. You all are in our prayers.
Laura & Mike
June 17, 2016
Stacy, We are so sorry for your loss! You and your family are in our prayers!
June 17, 2016
Russ will sadly be missed and I am sorry to miss his service.

I first met Russ at AT&T over 25 years ago in Atlanta (Breckenridge) working in the Computer Systems Division. Russ, Mark Mitchell, Al Schuetz, Paul Sommers, and M.O.M were part of an amazing group of individuals at AT&T that I was blessed to work with. Back in that office the group of us were participating in the incubation of the Internet Age. We had all been trained by AT&T/Bell Labs and given the tools to creatively use new methods of electronic communication and data processing. We acted as a SWAT team showing organizations what was possible through AT&T (and other) innovations. Building on that experience we were exposed to a new work culture with AT&T's acquisition of NCR and Teradata. I still remember how Russ surprised us back then by announcing he was moving to Columbia, SC to work for NCR before the rest knew where we would end up. (Doug Fears has the other half of that story.)

Since that time Russ and I had more occasions to work together. Russ worked on hundreds of big company projects and his contribution was a key ingredient to the success of those projects. He was instrumental along with his co-workers in demonstrating the art and science of computing using techniques unknown to our customers. Many people personally benefited from the work Russ did including myself.

Through the years Russ became an Icon in the Information Technology Industry through his dedication, ability and tenacity. His skills were nothing short of amazing and his work moved many organizations forward. More importantly his smile and attitude and steady hands were key to helping transform the world we live in through data (and apparently shrimping, crabbing, shucking, and fishing).

Russ often spoke about your family and I am greatly sorry for your loss. Clemson has also lost a great fan. I was fortunate to see Russ one last time in Atlanta last month. He had a smile on his face. I was looking forward to meeting up with him again soon but will have to wait a while longer. I am thankful he was in our life.
June 17, 2016
To the Kelly Family,

Who knew that my first benchmark in 2004 at Teradata would find me working with the best of the best! Yes, Russ and I worked together on many benchmarks over the years. As with everyone he met, we also became friends and share many stories and meals together. We laughed about our southern roots and were very proud of them too. We shared the same birthday, September 23rd. We shared the same love of family and our religious beliefs. I know where Russ is today and I can only imagine how that big smile and infectious laugh are lighting up heaven!
God bless you all...
June 17, 2016
June 17, 2016
Dear Sheila, Stacy,Brandon and family:
Chris and I are truly sadened for your loss. While it has been many years since we have been around your family you and Russ always stood apart as kind, loving and happy people. I remember his laugh as he would cut up with the youth at the events you so graciously hosted at your home for them. There are no words to comfort such a loss, but the Russ I remember is smiling down on you from heaven. May God bless you and watch over you as you navigate the days ahead. He will carry you through what seems impossible. Hugs and prayers for all of you.
June 16, 2016
To the Kelly Family,
It"s been years since we were in touch but I couldn't let this go by without expressing my deepest sympathy. I lost my husband one year ago and I know what you all are going through. Russell was always a fun loving and very family orientated person. My thoughts & prayers go out to all of you.
Vicki L. Clark Augusta, GA.
June 16, 2016
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I have worked on and off with Russ on work projects for the last 18 years. We often broke bread together and talked no shop, only talked about family and traded stories. Shared many laughs. He is a good man, taken from us too soon and the world is a lesser place without him here. I pray you all will find peace in time and know that he is in a better place where you will surely see him again one day. God bless.
June 16, 2016
I am so very sorry for your loss. I crossed paths with Russ several times in the past 17 years with NCR and Teradata. I shared many planes from/to CAE with him. Sadly, I never was able to work directly with him on a project. Russ never met a stranger. He was brilliant with a great sense of humor. Those of us who knew him at Teradata will miss him dearly. Thanks for sharing Russ with us. May God bless you and your family.

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