Doris Sue McAlpin Russell

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Doris Sue McAlpin Russell, 80, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday. The daughter of Bruce E. and Thelma Whitley McAlpin, she was born in rural Cleburne County. She met and married her husband, James, while a student at Jacksonville State University where she was a Business major and a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Fraternity. She and James moved to Huntsville in 1957 where both were employed by the Army Ballistic Missile Agency. James and Doris started their family later that year. As a devoted mother, Doris spent much of her time volunteering for activities such as School First Aid Worker, PTA, Girl Scout mother and Huntsville Hospital Senior Horizons. She also served for a number of years as the Director of Senior Adult Activities for Calvary Bible Church and was a member of the Gideons Auxiliary. Doris was an expert family genealogist. She researched and published "McAlpin(e) Genealogies 1730 to 1990", a history of the life and descendants of the Alexander McAlpin(e) of South Carolina and most other McAlpin families in the US. The book is recognized as an authoritative source for historical records. It was sold throughout the U.S. and many other countries. Doris researched and established her lineage for membership in several patriotic organizations such as Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Colonial Dames of XVII Century, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), Descendants of the War of 1912 and Magna Carta Dames. She was active and held responsible leadership positions in those organizations. Doris was best known for her love of family and of God. She also had a heart for the underprivileged and actively supported the Downtown Rescue Mission and Salvation Army activities for the needy. Survivors include her husband of 60 years, James W. Russell; children, Susan Russell Dove (Michael), Linda Russell McAllister (Michael) and Sherri Russell Brown; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2015 at Calvary Bible Church immediately followed by the funeral service with Pastor Garry Hogan officiating. Burial will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens. ( In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International or Calvary Bible Church Missions Fund.
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2320 Bob Wallace Ave SW
Huntsville, AL 35805-4725
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Published in The Anniston Star on June 3, 2015