Rev. Lawrence Robert Russell, Jr., 68, of Hendersonville went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at St. Joseph Hospital surrounded by his family. A native and life long resident of Henderson County, he was son of the late Agnes Irene and Lawrence Russell, Sr. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Ann Howard
A very humble man, Rev. Russell spent his life helping others, often quoting his favorite scripture ìI would like to be called a friend of Godî. His easy-going, faithful spirit endeared him to all whose paths he crossed, seemingly never meeting a stranger. In July of 1975, he and his wife, Suzanne founded Victory Tabernacle in East Flat Rock. He remained as Pastor there for more than four decades.
From childhood, he loved chickens. They became a great pastime for him and he was often teased about his chicken lot.
Never one to be still, in addition to his pastoral duties, he obtained his NC General contractor license and operated Russell Construction for over 30 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of forty-eight years, Suzanne Morgan Russell, daughter, Lisa Russell Burrell of Hendersonville; son, Robert Wayne Russell of Matthews; grandchildren, Michael, Bethany, Cameron, Jacqueline, Gabriel and Jett; two great-grandchildren, Bryson and one expected in September; special friends, Reid Griffin and Gary Blount. He is also survived by his sisters, Joan Blackwell and her husband, Woodrow of Boiling Springs, SC, Rebecca Hardin of Hendersonville and Nancy Bayne and her husband, Norman of Flat Rock; brother-in-law, Lloyd Morgan and his wife Loree; sister-in-law, Alta Lewis; many nieces and nephews and a loving church family.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 pm, Sunday, February 10, 2013 in the chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home, with the Rev. Lonnie Jones officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8:30pm, Saturday, February 9 at the funeral home.