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Russell Edward MANLEY
Loyless Funeral Home - Land O'Lakes
5310 Land O'Lakes Boulevard
Land O'Lakes, FL
MANLEY, Russell Edward

63, of Odessa FL, passed away at his home October 6, 2018. Russell was born in Champaign, Illinois and moved to Tampa while in grade school. He was valedictorian of his high school class at Robinson High School in 1973, and earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Florida. After college, Russell worked as a sports reporter and columnist for the Tampa Times and also at Alessi boxing promotions before beginning a 28 year career with the U.S. Postal Service, from which he retired in 2016. He is survived by his loving companion, Cherie Shuster; brother, Bob (Krista); six nieces and nephews; and 10 grand-nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father, Carl; and mother, Doris. Russell loved music, sports, animals, and debating current events. A Celebration of Life will be held 3 pm on Saturday October 13, 2018 at Loyless Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane Society. Words of comfort may be expressed at:

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Published by Tampa Bay Times on Oct. 9, 2018.
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I met Russell through a mutual friend, Mark Beiro, and I was shocked at his passing at such an early age. When having lunch with Russell and Mark, I found that Russell and I had mutual political and USPS views on issues pertaining to both. Although, I worked at the USPS for over 36 years we as co-worker's never crossed paths. The reason being, I was a city letter carrier (mailman), working out of Hilldale Station and Russell was a clerk at the Airport Post Office (or as we called it the BIG HOUSE). However, my brother, David, was a clerk for 14 years and knew Russell. My belated condolences and deepest sympathy go out to his family and friends and especially to Cherie, his beloved companion. The world will be a lesser place and have a void since his passing. When we are called to be with our Lord, we'll all be together again. God bless and keep.
Raymond Garcia
October 8, 2019
Russell was the smartest man I had ever met, well rounded in so many subjects. A fierce competitor in a debate. I will miss him sorely
Tedd Webb
October 13, 2018
I am sorry to learn of Russ' passing. He was a kind man, a gentle soul. He worked for me a decade ago, but I remember him as if it were yesterday. He was one of those people you don't forget. Rest in peace, Russ. The world is a dimmer without you.
Kym Mullins
October 10, 2018
Deepest sympathy to all the family, friends and fellow Postal Workers. Still with us all.
David Garcia
October 10, 2018
Blessings to the Manley family and friends. I am so sorry for your loss. Russell and I attended Monroe Jr. High and Robinson high together. I graduated in his class. I remember a smart and funny young man who had the world by the tail. We were in many classes together. He was very popular in school and had many friends and activities. Rest In Peace, Russell. I am glad to have known you.

With Sympathy,
Cheryl Searle Perez
October 9, 2018
Bob (and Family),

So shocked and saddened to hear of Rusty's death. We pray that the Lord in Heaven gives you peace during this difficult time.


Scott Burkett & Family
Scott Burkett
October 9, 2018
My sincerest condolences to the Manley Family in the loss of your loved one, Russell Edward, and pray you find comfort in Psalms 91:2.
October 9, 2018
Deepest condolences to Cherie and the entire family of Russell Manley. I will always remember Russell as being one of the brightest people I've ever known, quick mind and tongue and always interesting. The last time I spoke with him was shortly after the passing of Glenn Frey of the Eagles in 2016. I knew the person I needed to talk with and commiserate with was Russell. We both shared a love of Country Rock and Southern California Country Rock specifically. We had a two hour conversation and it could have easily gone one for another 2 hours if I had called him earlier. We were supposed to firm up a date to get together for lunch or dinner and as is usually the case (unfortunately), we never did. May God grant Russell eternal rest and grant Cherie and the family peace.

Brian McGimsey West Tampa, Florida
Brian McGimsey
October 9, 2018
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