Age 85, a resident of Birmingham AL., and a graduate of Woodlawn High School. Thomas was born to the union of JR Russell and Anita Davis. He served in the US Naval Reserve and leaves to cherish his memories a devoted wife, Clara Russell. Thomas was a dedicated employee of Birmingham News for 34 years and a Thomas was a proud Organist for Woodlawn UMC for 30 years. In 2020, he was awarded, United Way Ignite faith based volunteer. Thomas was also a Volunteer for Woodlawn Community Table. Thomas is survived by one daughter, Lisa (Robert) Lowe, one son, Tommy (Deborah) Russell, Jr., granddaughters, Hannah (Jared) Fredrick, and Grace Lowe, grandson, Aaron Lowe, great granddaughter, Emma Fredrick, and sister, Wanda Russell Ruzicka. Service will be Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Woodlawn United Methodist Church at 11:00 AM..in the garden adjacent to church…please wear mask and will be seated with social distancing. In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to Woodlawn UMC or Woodlawn Community Table.
Published in The Birmingham News from Jul. 30 to Jul. 31, 2020.