WEST CARTHAGE, NY – Billy A. Russell, 90, of Champion Apartments, passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at his home, under the loving care of his family and Jefferson County Hospice.
Born Aug. 23, 1929, in Higginsville, Missouri, son of the late Walter B. and Meta L. (Brewe) Russell, he also attended school in Higginsville.
On July 4, 1953, he married Helen M. Fuller.
For many years he was a deputy for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
He was also a mechanic for the National Guard on Fort Drum for 18 years. After his retirement, he worked part-time for the Carthage Police Department and managed Pleasant Creek Meadows Apartments in Evans Mills.
Billy loved to paint and do crossword puzzles.
Some of his favorite past times were hunting, working on cars with his children, and spending time with his beloved grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 67 years, Helen; three sons, Terry Dean Russell of Carthage; Paul (Hope) Russell of Boca Raton, FL; and Douglas (Jamie) Russell of Brockton, GA; 17 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah Russell; a granddaughter, Lindsay Russell, as well as five siblings, Frances Russell; Morris “Scoop” Russell; Ruth Schroeder; Jessie Walter Russell; Vergil “Rusty” Russell; and an infant brother, Chester Russell.
No public services will be held. Burial will be held in Fairview Cemetery in Carthage.
Arrangements are with Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc.