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Obituary for Marion Douglas Russell Sr.

Marion Douglas  Russell Sr.
Marion Douglas Russell, 79, left this earth to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday,
December 31, 2018. He passed while in the United Hospital Center, surrounded by
his family.
Marion was born on December 13, 1939, in Shinnston, WV, the oldest son of Frank
William Russell and Hazel Armenta Hilton Russell. He was preceded in death by his
beloved son, Marion Douglas Russell II.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janice Irene Arbogast Russell, his daughter,
Shawn Renee Lanham (Gary Lanham) of Barrackville, his sons, Shane Andrew Russell
(Elizabeth) of Wilmington, NC, Michael Dean Russell of Shinnston. Grandchildren
Matthew Russell, Jenna Hayes (Cory), Christian Lanham, Marissa Russell Rexroad
(Adam), Seth Russell, Erica Russell and her fiancé (Joshua Moore), Ashlyn Russell
and Zachary Russell, great grandchildren Justin Moore, Hazley Russell, and Jackson
Rexroad. Also surviving are his sisters, Loretta (Sonny) Harris, Esther (Ron) Rauer.
Becky (David) Minor. Brothers Paul (Sheila) Russell, Arnett (Peggy) Russell, Charles
(Tammy) Russell, and special cousin Carolyn Ayers. Along with many nieces and
Marion was a member of the Jones Run Independent Church. He was an avid sports
fan who enjoyed cheering on Lincoln and North Marion high schools, He loved the
Boston Celtics, Green Bay Packers, and the New York Yankees.
Marion joined the UMWA Local 1501, District 31 in 1968 retiring in 1996. He was a
dedicated union organizer who worked tirelessly to uphold the rights of workers
and the Democratic Party. Marion also served our country as a member of the US
Army for three years.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Harmer
Funeral Home, 300 Pike St., Shinnston. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday with Pastor Jason Wojciechowicz officiating. Interment will follow at Lumberport Lions Club Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Marion’s name to the
Lord’s Pantry at 77 Church Ct, Shinnston, WV 26431, or the Big Elm Elementary backpack program at 200 Tetrick Rd, Shinnston WV 26431, both sponsored by the
Shinnston Lions Club of which he was a member.
Online memories and condolences may be shared at
A service of Harmer Funeral Home, Shinnston

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