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HENDERSONVILLE - The Rev. Lawrence Robert Russell, Jr., 68, of Hendersonville, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital surrounded by his family. A native and life long resident of Henderson County, he was son of the late Agnes Irene and Lawrence Russell, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Ann Howard
A very humble man, Rev. Russell spent his life helping others, often quoting his favorite scripture "I would like to be called a friend of God". His easy-going, faithful spirit endeared him to all whose paths he crossed, seemingly never meeting a stranger. In July of 1975, he and his wife, Suzanne founded Victory Tabernacle in East Flat Rock. He remained as Pastor there for more than four decades.
From childhood, he loved chickens. They became a great pastime for him and he was often teased about his chicken lot.
Never one to be still, in addition to his pastoral duties, he obtained his NC General Contractor's license and operated Russell Construction for over 30 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Suzanne Morgan Russell, a daughter, Lisa Russell Burrell, of Hendersonville; a son, Robert Wayne Russell, of Matthews; grandchildren, Michael, Bethany, Cameron, Jacqueline, Gabriel and Jett; two great-grandchildren, Bryson and one expected in September; special friends, Reid Griffin and Gary Blount. He is also survived by his sisters, Joan Blackwell and her husband, Woodrow, of Boiling Springs, S.C., Rebecca Hardin, of Hendersonville and Nancy Bayne and her husband, Norman, of Flat Rock; a brother-in-law, Lloyd Morgan and his wife Loree; a sister-in-law, Alta Lewis; many nieces and nephews, and a loving church family.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lonnie Jones officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the funeral home.
A guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.forestlawnhendersonville.com.
Forest Lawn Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Published in The Times-News from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2013