Russell was born on December 19, 1946 in Ferguson, KY to the late Mick Gilbert and Ruth Ella Sears Gilbert. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and was a member of Ferguson Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline Waddle Gilbert, whom he married on July 8, 1967 in Jellico, TN; two daughters, Dana Meadows of Glasgow, KY and Dalana (and Nathan) Nelson of Somerset, KY; a brother, Lloyd (and Wanda) Gilbert of Somerset, KY; five grandchildren, Matthew Nelson and Taylor Nelson of Somerset, KY, Adam Meadows, Tanner Meadows and Harley Smith of Glasgow, KY; many nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, Wanda Carrol.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, James Fredrick Gilbert; and three sisters, Delberta Wesley, Arlene Smith and Patty Jane Jones.
Visitation will be on Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11:00am at Ferguson Methodist Church. A Memorial Service will follow on Thursday at 12:30pm at the Church with Bro. Bobby Sexton and Bro. Ed Parson officiating.
The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to Hospice of Lake Cumberland or Ferguson Methodist Church.