J.V. Russell

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J.V. Russell, age 70, of South Knoxville, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 28. JV grew up in LaFollette and graduated with honors from LaFollette High School. He was also a graduate of the Pellissippi State Community College computer technology program. He retired in 2011 as a computer tech specialist for the Department of Energy in Oak Ridge. He was a proud U.S. Marine who served two tours of duty in Vietnam, as well as other posts. He was a well-decorated staff sergeant who earned three air medals, the cross of gallantry with palm and many other awards.
He was preceded in death by grandparents who raised him, Walter Rose Russell and Mary Elizabeth Russell; Sarah Russell Livingston; his mother; and his first wife, Judy Wilson Russell.
Surviving family includes wife, Wanda H. Russell; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Darryl Chapman, of LaFollette; son and his fiancé, Robby Richart and Bethany Ott, of Karns; grandchildren, Amber Russell and Zachary Chapman, of LaFollette, and Colin Richard, of Karns.
With respect to JV's wishes, no formal services are planned. Those wishing to honor his memory with messages of condolence may visit www.sherwoodchapel.net.
Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens, of Alcoa, was in charge of the arrangements.

Published in LaFollette Press on Nov. 8, 2018