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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019
4:45pm - 6:45pm

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Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019

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Donald "Don" Rex Russell

Donald (Don) Rex Russell, 76, of Summerfield, NC, went to his heavenly home on April 21, surrounded by family at his residence. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Roe and Cleo Russell and half-sister, Martha Reeder. Surviving include his wife of 56 years, Hazel (Purgason); sons, Greg (wife, Laurie and daughters Alexa and Aaralyn) of Clemmons, NC, and Brannon (wife, Suzanne, son, Kollbe, daughters, Hadlee and Zaydee) of Summerfield, NC; sister, Jo Ellen (Vance); half-sister, Louise Russell; special niece, Rebecca Pearman and special nephew, Michael Davenport; and several nieces and nephews. A lifelong resident of the Bethany community in Rockingham County, Don worked as a supervisor at DuPont (Martinsville, Va), retiring in 1993. Don filled his retirement days easily, as he enjoyed spending as much time as possible outdoors; he could be found in the woods cutting a tree, working in his garden, or riding his lawn mower on an almost daily basis. He took great care in maintaining his property and rarely stopped working before daylight was extinguished. A member of Smyrna Presbyterian for more than 50 years, he served his church by serving as both a Deacon and Elder. Don experienced kidney failure in 1999; for the past 19.5 years, he received dialysis treatments 3 days weekly. The family would like to recognize and thank the Northwest Dialysis Center of Greensboro for their excellent care and compassion. The family also appreciates the support provided by Hospice of Rockingham County in the final week of Don's life. Visitation will be held at Wilkerson Funeral Home from 4:45 to 6:45 pm on Tuesday, April 23; the funeral service will follow immediately in the chapel at 7:00 pm. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations to Smyrna Presbyterian Church, c/o Ann Dixon, 291 Crowder Road, Madison, NC 27025, in Don's memory would be appreciated. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.wilkersonfuneral.com.

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Great video of a beautiful family. Dapper Dan had nothing on Dapper Don.

J R Sharpe Apr 27 2019 9:10 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald "Don" Rex Russell

Terry turner Apr 26 2019 4:05 PM

Hazel, Greg, Brannon and family, Where do I start? I have known Don for awhile. I was 9 when he joined the family but knew him from one of best friends, Becky. She and I sat next to each other in 2nd grade. When Hazel and Don married, I thought another member of family. But he was more. He played with us and we thought and knew he was great. He was so kind and wonderful. A wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather and brother. I will miss him greatly. Love you so much, Don.

Gail Sharp Apr 24 2019 3:09 PM

It was a pleasure to have known Mr.Russell at Northwest Greensboro Dialysis. He always greeted me with a smile and pleasant attitude, despite his many health challenges. I admired his courage and positive outlook on life. My sincere condolences to his family. God bless you all. Marsha Rosenthal

Marsha Rosenthal Apr 23 2019 10:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald "Don" Rex Russell

Cindy Small Moore Apr 23 2019 7:27 PM

Our deepest condolences "Hazel"and all of the family! Don's love for Jesus Christ, his family was such a testimony to all who love and knew him! I was so bless to be one of those love ones! I will miss your smile, humor and gentleness! My heart is sad and happy.... no more pain! God Bless you Hazel for your lasting devotion and care! Love you all! Barbara

Barbara H Wagoner Apr 23 2019 12:40 PM

RIP Dear Man! I will always cherish our memories at the ballpark. Love and prayers to the entire family, especially sweet Hazel :heart::heart:

Kay Gammon Apr 23 2019 10:28 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald "Don" Rex Russell

Barbara H Wagoner Apr 23 2019 9:23 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald "Don" Rex Russell

Michael Washburn Apr 23 2019 5:08 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald "Don" Rex Russell

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