Born October 1, 1931 in Casey County, KY, he was the son of the late Charles Hardin and Hester Meeks Russell. He was the owner/operator of a bulldozer business that he started in 1953. Raymond was a member of the Antioch Christian Church.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ruth Ellen Austin Russell, who passed away September 23, 2015; two brothers, Charles J. Russell and Rollin Russell; and a sister, Rethel Jeanotta Fights.
Survivors include three sons, Charles Raymond (and Pandora) Russell, R.N., of Fayetteville, NC, Larry Joe (and Heidi) Russell, M.D. of Hendersonville, NC, and Barry Russell of Liberty; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betsy Lou Conaster of Louisville, Laura Rudine Kolb of Oxford, Ohio, and Sharleen Nowak of Decatur, AL; and a special friend, Omar Santana.
Funeral services are 6:00 P.M. Sunday, January 31, 2016 at McKinney-Brown Funeral Home with Bro. Hershel Lawhorn officiating. Visitation is Sunday after 5:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
Private burial is at 10:00 A.M. Monday, February 1, 2016 at Antioch Cemetery.