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David Perry Russ Jr.

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David Perry Russ, Jr. (D.P.), 92, passed away Saturday, August 21, 2010. He was born on February 20, 1918 in Bladen County, North Carolina. His family moved to Fayetteville when he was two years old. He remained in Fayetteville until 2009 when he moved to Wilmington to be closer to family members.

He was educated in the city schools of Fayetteville. Upon high school graduation he attended UNC Chapel Hill and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce in 1938, and a law degree in 1940.

Russ engaged in law practice until 1942 at which time he was inducted into the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the Military Intelligence section as a special agent for the Counter Intelligence Corps. He served in this capacity until the end of the war. He served in the reserves until he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain.

While he was in the military service he was married to Helen Barnard of Augusta, Georgia. This marriage lasted until her death on November 21, 2008, a period of almost 65 years.

After his military service, Russ returned to Fayetteville and was associated with the law firm of Oates, Quillin and MacRae. He continued to practice with the same firm until his retirement in 1998. By this time, the firm had evolved to Russ, Worth, Cheatwood and Hancox.

Russ stayed closely affiliated with the local State Bar Associations. He served as President of the Cumberland County Bar in 1958 and served two terms on the Board of Governors of the State Bar Association. He served as Vice President during 1981.

A true labor of love was his affiliation with the University of North Carolina. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of the University by the N.C. General Assembly in 1967 for an eight year term. He later served on the Board of Visitors at UNC Chapel Hill for eleven years and was elected as a director of the General Alumni Association. He endowed a scholarship for the Educational Foundation and was a member of the Ram's Club from 1946 until his death.

Russ was active in civic affairs: he joined the Jaycees shortly after retiring from military service and later served as President. He joined Rotary in 1951 and served as President in 1967. He later helped to establish the West Fayetteville Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Russ was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, he taught several youth classes and served on the Board of Deacons until he became a Lifetime Deacon. He served on the Board of Trustees for 40 years. He served as Chairman of the Trustees for many years and served one term as church moderator.

He received many honors and awards during his lifetime, but he truly found great pleasure in service to others.

He is survived by two sons, David P. Russ III (Linda) of Wilmington and Dr. Donald B. Russ (Martha) of Morganton, N.C.; four grandchildren, David Scott Russ (Meghan), Michael Perry Russ, Erik McMurray Russ, Emily Rebecca Russ; two great grandchildren, Jackson and Campbell.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, August 25, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church on 201 Anderson St., Fayetteville, NC 28301, with the Rev. A. Edward Beddingfield, Jr. and Dr. Michael Cogdill, officiating. Burial will follow in Cross Creek Cemetery in Fayetteville. The family will receive friends in the memorial lounge at the church on Wednesday, August 25, 2010, from 10-11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that contributions be made to First Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC, UNC Chapel Hill, Campbell University, or Methodist University.

Services entrusted to Jernigan Warren Funeral Home, 545 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC 28301.

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News on Aug. 23, 2010
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