The Rev. Ray Russell

Sep 16, 2013

EASLEY, South Carolina — The Rev. Buddy Ray Russell, 59, of Saco Lowell Road, went home to be with the Lord Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

Born in Waynesville, a son of the late Ransom Moody “Buddy” and Gladys Frady Russell, the Rev. Russell was a graduate of Tuscola High School, Asheville-Buncombe Technical College and Luther Rice Seminary. He moved to Easley, South Carolina in 1974 to work with Platt-Saco Lowell. Mr. Russell was employed with Michelin North America as the Greenville Plant Engineering Manager. In 1999, he was called into the ministry and became the pastor of Riverview Baptist Church in September 2006 where he presently served.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon League Russell of the home; two daughters, Laura McDonald (William) of Piedmont, South Carolina and Lindsey Titus (Charles) of Easley, South Carolina; a brother, John R. Russell (Louise) of Leicester; a sister, Nina Messer (Everett) of Waynesville; and three grandchildren, Hunter Ransom Russell, Wm. Levi McDonald and Raelynn Abigail Titus. In addition to his parents, Mr. Russell was predeceased by two brothers, William M. Russell and Milas Scott “Bo” Russell and by his in-laws, William G. and Betty Lou Hawkins League.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Riverview Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Riverview Baptist Church, 118 Old Pendleton Road, Greenville, SC 29611.

The family is at the residence.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhome.com. Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown assisted the family.

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