ELIZABETHTON, TN-Shirley D. Russell, 85, formerly of Purdy Creek Road in Canisteo, passed away early Sunday morning, (May 17, 2015) at the Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Born in Howard, NY, August 31, 1929, the son of Harold H. and Kathryn Harris Russell, he moved to Canisteo in 1965. He and his wife Phyllis moved to Zephyrhills Florida in 2004 until moving to Elizabethton to reside with their daughter and son-in-law in 2013.
Shirley was a graduate of Canisteo Central School, class of 1948, and had been employed as a shipping and receiving foreman at the former SKF Industries in Hornell prior to his retirement in 1985. Shirley was a member of the First Baptist Church in Canisteo and the Big Springs Baptist Church in Elizabethton, TN; and had been active in masonry for several years. He was a member and past master of Morning Star Lodge #65 F&AM of Canisteo, a former member of the former Canisteo Chapter #210, Order of Eastern Star as well as a member and past patron of the Jasper Chapter #752, Order of Eastern Star. He was also a member of the Dashiell Lodge #238 in Elizabethton, TN.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Mary Houghtaling, his brothers: Joel Russell, Thomas Russell, Jack Russell and Richard Russell.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Woodhouse Russell to whom he was married in Bath on February 20, 1959; his daughter, Cynthia (Tom) Slocum of Elizabethton, TN; his sons, William (Jeanne) Russell of Raleigh, NC., and Timothy (Terri) Russell of Elmira Heights; his sisters, Bonnie McNaughton and Karleen House both of Colorado, his brothers, Robert (Joan) Russell of Canisteo, and Frank (Deanna) Russell of Andover, and brother-in law James Houghtaling , and sister-in-law Eleanor Russell of Hornell, (7) grandchildren, (10) great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
To send a remembrance to the family or to light a candle in Shirley’s memory, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes,com. The family is being assisted by Gerald R. Brown, Director.
The family will be present to receive friends at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 6 Spruce St., Canisteo on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 1PM-3PM with Funeral services being immediately held following the visitation. Rev. Jim Patton will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Canisteo.
Friends may make memorial contributions to: Big Springs Baptist Church Elizabethton TN or the First Baptist Church Canisteo NY or to the charity of the donor’s choice.