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Willard G. Russell

It is with our deepest heartfelt regret we announce the passing of our husband, father, uncle and mentor Willard G. Russell. This very sad event occurred on February 15, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He will forever be missed by the hearts and lives of people he touched. His memories will be cherished forever.
For over 30 years, Mr. Willard G. Russell dedicated his life to serving his community and his country, Liberia. He served as Minister of Transport, and twice as Director General of the GSA, and president of the Liberia Football Association and The Invincible Eleven (IE) among others.

He leaves to mourn his loss his wife, life partner and best friend Iris Dunbar Russell, his sons Jeremy, Willard II, George, Richelieu, Philip, and Joseph. His grandchildren, Willaris, Gerald, Jojo, Faith, Kayla, Wiltie, Jimmy B, Willard III, Iris, and Romeo, Rufus Carter, Nyamah, Daughter in laws Larwuah (“the daughter he never had”) and Famata as well as the Russell, Dunbar, Collins and McGill families and a host of friends, former colleagues and mentees.
Home Going Services for the late Willard G. Russell are as follows:

Wake Keeping:
Friday, March 13, 2020, at 7:00 pm – 9:00 P.M.
Grier Funeral Home
Address: 115 John McCarroll Ave, Charlotte, NC 28216
Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Saturday, March 14, 2020, at 1130:00 A.M.
First Baptist Church West
1801 Oaklawn Ave
Charlotte, NC 28216

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Gethsemane Cemetery and Memorial Gardens
1520 W. Sugar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28262

5534 Albemarle Road
Suite 10
Charlotte, NC. 28262

Hampton Inn by Hilton
Charlotte University Place
8419 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28269
Event reservation: Russell’s Funeral

Other hotels within close proximity to the church
1. Residence Inn by Marriott Charlotte City Center
2. Residence Inn by Marriott Charlotte University
3. Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte University

** If you would like to give a tribute at the wake, please send your name and affiliation to:

For more information, feel free to contact:
1- Iris Russell - 609 847 8062
2- Willard Russell, II - 763 337 9473
3- Jeremy Russell - +231 77 771 2999 (LIBERIA)
4- Abraham James - 980 833 7186
5- Philip Dumbar- 704 957 9306
6- Laura Ketter Townsend - 704 574 1240
7- Esther Richards - 443 447 4150

With gratitude, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the below accounts:

Wells Fargo A/C #: Willard Russell II: 6158 3525 23
Bank of America A/C #: Willard Russell II A/C #: 3740 0417 6103
Zelle: Willard Russell II - 763 337 9473
CashApp: Willard Russell, II - 763 337 9473
Jeremy Russell - +231 77 771 2999 (LIBERIA)
Esther K. Richards - Gofundme