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James W. Russell

Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 20, 2024

Location: Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church

James W. Russell, 86 years old, of Newport News, passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, April 72024 surrounded by many family members. His caretaker for two years was his loving and caring granddaughter, Tiffany Brant.

James Russell was born to James and Virginia Russell in Buffalo, NY, the oldest of 3 brothers whom are Brian (Carolyn), Bob (Sandie) and Gary (Claire). After graduating from High School Number 33, he studied Engineering at Buffalo University where he received his degree. Later he achieved his master’s degree at Arizona State.

During this time, he met and fell in love with Patricia Diane Hershey from York, PA. They were married in 1959 and had two children. They celebrated their 50th anniversary before Pat passed away in March 2012.

His first job was an Aeronautical Engineer with Lockheed in Seattle for two years before being transferred to Los Angeles in 1963. He worked in the San Fernando Valley for 7 years. His job then took him to Newport News in 1970 where he worked for LTV which is a subsidiary of NASA for over 40 years.

James and Patricia have two children, Jim and Kimberly. James was a wonderful and devoted father and husband.  He always taught us life lessons and supported us all throughout the many accomplishments of our lives. When James wasn't working at LTV, he could be found jogging, playing tennis and coaching in his kids’ sports.

James was predeceased by his wife, Patricia; his mother, Virginia; his father, James and his brother, Brian. He is survived by his brothers, Bob and Gary Russell of New York, his children, Jim and Kimberly and their spouses, Marilyn and Greg, 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 3 great- great-grandchildren.

The family requests that donations be lovingly made to Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church, Newport News of which James Russell was a member. Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at WMUMC. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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#4 Joel Brant 2024-04-15 01:48
Jim I miss you. I miss your smile your wit your generosity but mostly I miss how you treated me like a son and not only when I was married to your daughter Kimberly but afterwards also. You truly were like a second father to me. I love you. May you rest in peace.
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#3 Tiffany Brant 2024-04-14 22:23
My grandfather had a wonderful life throughout his years. He was an awesome dad to helped with my problems. My dad was an awesome person and enjoyed his running and tennis matches. He was a loving , kind throughout his family and friends. I appreciated and loved to take care of him . My dad enjoyed my 3 phrases keep a smile on your face, Think of God, keep on going. My dad was a fun and thoughtful toward family and friends. I appreciated taking care of his faith, hope, joy, love, and happiness through his life and God.
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#2 Marilyn Russell 2024-04-14 21:05
Grandpa Jim was an incredible person who cared about his family and those around him. He was generous, loving and kind. We had many wonderful trips with the family to Disney World. His great sense of humor and love for God, his faith, his church family, and his granddaughter, Tiffany was very apparent. She also took care of him and was supportive. We will miss his smile but know he will be joining his wife Pat in heaven.
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#1 Dennis Shaw 2024-04-14 10:38
For many years, I had the pleasure of knowing Jim through the tennis league which he organized and ran. Jim was always a kind and gentle man. He loved playing tennis and enjoyed conversing with all the players. Quick to chuckle, Jim had a very good sense of humor, making those around him comfortable. I am sorry he has left us but my life was enriched by knowing him. My deepest condolences to Jim’s family…
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