Matthew 25:21, King James Version (KJV):
21: His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
YADKINVILLE, N.C. — Preacher Bobby Lee Russell passed away December 7, 2011, after a lengthy and courageous battle with Leukemia.
Preacher Bobby is survived by his wife and “Precious Gift from God” of 55 years, Shirley Barney Russell; two daughters, Pamela Goss and husband, Walt, Kimberly Mathis and husband, Doylan; one son, Bobby Lee Russell Jr. and wife, Susan; Five grandchildren, Keri Goss, Brad Mathis and wife, Ginger, Chris Mathis and wife, Cassi, Erin Russell and Laurel Russell; Brother-in-law John Barney and wife, Martha; sister-in-law, Sylvia Poindexter and husband, T.W. “Took”; Several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Grady Russell and Leona Dinkins Russell.
Preacher Bobby was a loving husband, father, grandfather and Man of God.
He proudly served in the United States Navy as a Flight Engineer flying search and rescue missions during the Korean War before being honorably discharged. He began a career at Piedmont Airlines after service, where he intended on pursuing his love of flying. Along the way he meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was “Called to Preach” the Gospel. He never looked back and served the Lord faithfully sharing the Word of God for more than 51 years.
He was the current pastor of Turner’s Creek Baptist Church, where he began his ministry more than 51 years ago. God brought him back to Turner’s Creek 9 years ago to finish his journey ministering to his beloved congregation. Preacher Bobby had pastored at North Cooleemee Baptist Church in Cooleemee, NC; Swaim’s Knob Baptist Church, Boonville, NC; Temple Baptist Church, Kingsport, TN; on two occasions, Maranatha Baptist Church, Hamptonville, NC, and Community Baptist Church, Jonesborough TN.
The family will be served by Gentry Family Funeral Service, Yadkinville, NC.
The family will receive friends at Turner’s Creek Baptist Church, 3216 Courtney Huntsville Road, Yadkinville, NC, starting at 5 PM on Friday, December 9, 2011.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, December 10, starting at 11 AM at Turner’s Creek Baptist Church with his beloved associate, Rev. Scott Welch, officiating, Rev. Joe Meyers and Rev. Bud Wishon sharing God’s word.
Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be his deacons at Turner’s Creek Baptist Church: Buck Nance, Danny Callaway, Vernon Shore, Rodney Fulk, Leonard Spauch, Dennis Havens and Jimmy Sizemore. Honorary pallbearers will be John Barney, TW “Took” Poindexter, Tommy Poindexter, Johnny Barney, Walt Goss, Doylan Mathis, Brad Mathis and Chris Mathis.
The family would like thank the Doctors, Nurses and Staff at the Forsyth Medical Center Palliative Care Unit for their compassionate care of Preacher Bobby and his family during his final days. Their loving care was a comfort to the family in this time of sadness.
The children would like to especially thank Scott and Tina Welch for all the kindness and compassion they have shown for the parents for many years. Preacher Bobby and Sister Shirley love them as their own. Also to the congregation of Turner’s Creek Baptist Church, Thank you all for your continued support, faith in the power of prayer and for never giving up. This is where God wanted to him finish his journey, Preacher Bobby loved you with all his heart as he proudly served you and he did not want to leave you. God will greatly bless each of you for your support and encouragement you bestowed upon him.
Preacher Bobby has a new body as he is now worshipping with his loved ones that have gone before as they wait on us at the feet of Jesus. Preacher Bobby loved the beauty of God’s creation especially the red rose and enjoyed it’s fragrance.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to Turner’s Creek Baptist Church for the furtherance of the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, is serving the Russell family with local arrangements.