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John Sam Russell

October 15, 1950September 8, 2019

Mr. John Sam Russell, age 68 of Stockbridge, Georgia passed away September 8, 2019. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to the late Edward Clyde and Julia Bernice Pickering Russell. He was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Patterson. John had been employed with the J.E. Dunn Construction Company, where he was known for his work ethic and was named "Roadrunner" by his co-workers. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren, attending sporting events, riding his motorcycle and most recently his Trike. He enjoyed the outdoors, being on the water, riding jet skies, fishing, visits to the casino and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. He was known as "John-Boy" to his friends. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Linda Russell; children, Jeff Russell of Jacksonville, FL and Kristy (Clint) Cosby of McDonough; grandchildren, Mackenzie Friedel, Jacey Cosby and Garrett Cosby; great grandchild, Tavin Friedel; sisters, Linda (Steve) Almond of Austell, Lucy Russell of Maryville, TN, Darlene (J.J.) Anderson of Atlanta; brother-in-law Chuck Maddox and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 12:00 PM at the Fayette Bible Church, 355 McDonough Road, Fayetteville, GA 30214 with Pastor Chris Hanners officiating. Friends may visit the family Saturday one hour prior to the service at the church. THE FAMILY HAS REQUESTED THAT ALL IN ATTENDANCE PLEASE WEAR ATLANTA BRAVES ATTIRE AND/OR COLORS TO THE SERVICE IN REMEMBRANCE OF JOHN'S LOVE FOR HIS FAVORITE TEAM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to the American Cancer Society or the Fayette Bible Church in memory of John.


  • Visitation Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 14, 2019


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Steve Almond

September 13, 2019

I worked with John and his sister, Linda for many years in the ‘80’s. We continued our friendship still. John was a great guy and devoted family man. He was always there to help a friend, we all will miss him.


September 10, 2019

The first time I met JohnI was with David.I was nervous .David had known them for years.I was the new girl.John was so nice to me he made me feel comfortable, important,David had went to the truck to roll up the windows ,so I was going to find him .. John said does it take both of you to roll the windows up,I said no he said stay here you will be fine..HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST MEN I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF KNOWING.I never will forget his kondness.He always made me feel like I belonged.I will never forget him. RIP John I am sure David and Anthony are having a blast fishing with you.❤❤❤