Ralph Fussell

May 28, 1936April 7, 2013

Ralph Fussell, 76, peacefully entered into rest and his eternal home on April 7, 2013. He was surrounded in love by his family. He was a loving and faithful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend who loved life and was an avid outdoorsman. He served in the United States Marine Corp. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after 40 years of service, and he was instrumental in establishing the Brosnan Yard Federal Credit Union. Mr. Fussell fought a brave and courageous fight while suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Mr. Fussell resided at Cedar Plantation Assisted Living near Statesboro, Georgia for the last fifteen months where the staff lovingly cared for him. He was blessed to have had many wonderful caregivers over the last seven years. His sense of humor will be greatly missed by all.

Mr. Fussell was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Tanner Fussell, parents, Hallie and Geneva Fussell, a brother, Bob Fussell, and two sisters, Sarah Brown and Peggy Webb. Mr. Fussell is survived by his son, Jeff Fussell (Kim) of Statesboro, Georgia; two daughters, Alisa Popejoy (Waite) of Atlanta, Georgia and Karen Franklin (Robbie) of Statesboro, Georgia. He was a proud grandfather to Sam Popejoy, Katherine Fussell, Tanner Fussell, and Noah Fussell. Mr. Fussell was also survived by a brother, Thomas Fussell, and two sisters, Blanche Daniels and Mary Powell.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday in the chapel of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial will be in Macon Memorial Park Cemetery. Rev. Stan Braley will officiate. The family will greet friends beginning one hour prior to service time at Mt. Zion. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Ogeechee Area Hospice, 200 Donehoo Street, Statesboro, Georgia 30458. The family may be contacted at the residence of Robbie and Karen Franklin, 33 Forest Pines Drive, Statesboro, Georgia 30458.

Visit to express tributes. Snow’s Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services, Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, April 10, 2013
  • Visitation Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Sherry Rainey

April 11, 2013

Dear Karen, Alisa and Jeff, I am just now learning of Ralph's death.. Please know your families will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers in the upcoming days. I always cherished your Mom's friendship when she lived across the street from us growing up-- Wilma was like a "Big Sister" to me back then--and even though I didn't know Ralph as well I knew him as Wilma's husband and grew to love him because of that-- they were both wonderful people. Please know I will be praying for strength for all of you..

Lorraine Fussell

April 11, 2013

Dear Cousins,

Shirley Sumner Fussell called tonight to tell us about your father's passing. I was so sorry to hear that you've lost him. He and my father, Cliff, were first cousins, and Daddy never had a better time than when he was with his cousins, Ralph and Charles. They had some great times growing up on the OcmuIgee. I will always remember your daddy's infectious laugh and quick wit, and I was proud to be related to him. I am so sorry for your loss.

With deepest sympathy,
Lorraine Fussell

(Mary Gail Fussell Knight and Robert Clifton Fussell are my siblings.)

Charyl McMahon Schroeder

April 10, 2013

Dear Karen, Alisa, and Jeff:
So very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. I have so many wonderful memories of both of your parents cheering for us on the basketball court. Memories to be forever cherished. Your dad had such a huge heart, I will always remember his smile. My deepest sympathy.

Sara Forehand

April 10, 2013

Tom and all your family, so sorry to hear about Ralph. It is so hard for us to give up our loved ones. Thanks for the friendship we share at work. My favorite fisherman. I love my pat-on-the-back almost daily. My prayer is that you will keep Ralph's memories alive and prepare to meet him again. With love to all.

David & Kim Stancile

April 10, 2013

Jeff, Your family will forever hold a huge part of my heart. There are too many memories & laughs...and cries that i could ever begin to list. PLEASE know that if there is anything yall need-dont hesitate to call. There isnt a single time i go fishing that he/you doesnt cross my mind. He will be Greatly missed. Love you both like yall are my own family.
With heavy hearts, Love always

April 10, 2013

Karen....Alisa....Jeff...and families........It has been such a pleasure to have known "our Uncle Ralph". I just hate that we didn't have more time to spend with him. He was truly a wonderful man and a joy to be around. Our prayers are with you all today. If there is anything that we can do for you all......please let us know!!!!

Annette and Marcus McCray.........and the Touch of Class Catering crew

Lyndon Carden

April 10, 2013

So sorry to hear of your dad's passing but there is a great reunion going on in Heaven. The stories those Railroad guys could tell and how they loved to tell them. My family had the privilege to know Mr. Ralph and Mrs. Wilma on so many levels. My dad worked with Ralph, I attended high school where Mrs. Wilma worked and my husband did work for his daughters later. Our sincere condolences, John and Louise Conner; Lyndon and Terry Carden

les springer

April 10, 2013

Dear Alisa, Karen, and Jeff,
I was sad to hear of your father's death. He was a great man I have such fond memories of your Mom and Dad. I wish I could come to the funeral but I am having health issues and unable to travel. I am recovering from a stroke but am going to beat it. I send my love and prayers
Les Springer

April 9, 2013

Just learned of Ralph's death. My love and sympathy to each of you. Have many fond memories of Wilma and Ralph.

Marion Barnes

Harriette and Ralph Cavender

April 9, 2013

We will always remember his witty humor and smiling face. So happy we had the chance to get to know him.The fish in our pond are resting since he is now fishing in the Great Fishing Pond!!!