Graveside services are scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at South Park Cemetery for Gary Wayne Russell, 54, of Roswell, who passed away on Jan. 16, 2014. Rev. Troy Grant of Berrendo Baptist Church will officiate.
Gary Wayne Russell was born in Roswell, on March 5, 1959, to JB and Martha Pearlene Russell. He went to school in Roswell. He was a mechanic and truck driver all of his life. He had three children: Richard Scoggins, Gary Southern, and Ashley Southern; and four grandchildren. He loved music and his favorite song was “Crystal Chandelier.” Gary found a second dad in his cousin James Hawthorne, with whom he enjoyed working on cars and sharing stories.
Gary gave his heart to God at home in Jal, in 2009. Though he wasn’t an active member of any church, he loved God and shared a relationship with him. In his final days, Gary insisted on letting his family know he loved each and every one of them.
He is also survived by seven brothers: Johnnie Russell, of Roswell, Lester Russell, of Artesia, Willie Russell, of Roswell, Raymond Russell, of Jal, Michael Russell, of Roswell, Adam Russell, of Levelland, Texas, and Rodney Russell, of Muleshoe, Texas; one sister: Angela Russell, of Clovis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be the Russell Brothers.
Condolences may be made online at lagronefuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.