Phillip R. Russell, 76, of Linton, passed away at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006 at Greene County General Hospital in Linton due to injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
Born Aug. 11, 1929 in Akron, Ohio, he was the son of Kenneth N. and Alma (Lynch) Russell. On May 28, 1949, he married Martha (Blakely) Russell.
He was a 1947 graduate of Linton-Stockton High School and began working with his father. He was a retired owner of S & R Masonry, working as a bricklayer for 59 years. He was a member of the Grace Gospel Church in Linton, a member of the Linton-Stockton School Board from 1966-74, and a member of the Bricklayer's Union Local 4 of Terre Haute for 59 years. He was an avid golfer.
Survivors include: his wife Martha Russell of Linton; two sons, Steve Russell and his wife Susie of Linton and David Russell and his wife Jo of Linton; two daughters, Patty and her husband Rick Fish of Linton and Debbie and her husband Todd Shelton of Linton; a brother Jerry Russell and his wife Marilyn of Linton; a sister-in-law Carol Russell of Linton; 10 grandchildren, Medley Poe, Carli Pearson, Logan Fish, Jason Russell, Kirsten Fish, Jessica Laughlin, Chad Russell, Kaitlin Fish, Devin Shelton, and Curtis Russell; and three great-grandchildren, Brayden Poe, Ashlyn Fish, and Eli Poe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Norma J. Brown, a brother Donald K. Russell, and two infant sisters.
Funeral service will be at Welch & Cornett Funeral Home Linton Chapel at 11 a.m. on Friday with the Rev. Jim Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Linton.
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Grace Gospel Church through the funeral home.