Fox & Murray Funeral Home and Cremation Services

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William H. Russell

July 15, 1926December 8, 2019

Funeral service for William H. Russell, age 93 of the Black Lake Road will be held at 2:00pm on Thursday (Dec 12, 2019) at the Galilee United Methodist Church with Rev. Tom Nichols & Rev. Norm Bice officiating. Burial will follow at Stone Church Cemetery in Morristown. Mr. Russell passed away on Sunday (Dec 8, 2019) at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Surviving are two sons Ronald Russell of Central, SC & Curtis (Lori) Russell of Hammond; a daughter Cindy Russell of Hammond; four grandchildren Zeb Russell, Danielle Wallace, Jordan Russell & Kristin Beasley; great-grandchildren Uriah Warren, Emma Claire Russell, McGavin Russell, Rylan Russell, Ryker Beasley & Emmalyn Ann Marie Russell; a sister in law Nancy Russell and many nieces, nephews & cousins.

He was predeceased by his wife Emogene, an infant son David Russell, and two brothers Dean & James Russell.

Bill was born on July 15, 1926 in Ogdensburg NY, a son of the late Stanley & Elizabeth (Maculay) Russell. He attended Scotch Bush Rural School and then graduated from Morristown Central in 1944. He later married Emogene Kelley on March 31, 1946 at the Stone Church in Morristown with Rev. John Myers officiating. Emogene died on August 31, 2010.

During his career he worked on his family farm, and for Ross Brown, McCadam Cheese, Town of Oswegatchie, Standard Shade Roller and later Eastern AI Corp in Ithaca, where he retired from in 1988.

Bill was a 62 year member of the Black Lake & Hammond Free & Accepted Masonic Lodge # 319; an honorary member of the Spruce Mountain Hunting Club; served 16 years on the Morristown Town Board having the title of deputy supervisor 13 of those years; exempt member of the Morristown Fire Department and was the oldest member joining in 1945; served as trustee for many years at the Presbyterian Stone Church; served on many committees at the Galilee Church where he would also help his wife Emogene make 40 loaves of homemade bread for the pancake breakfasts. He was also a member of the Black Lake Fish and Game Club, past leader of the Black Lake Bullhead 4H Club, oldest member of the Texas Holding Card Club and was inducted into the Morristown Central School Hall of Fame 1944 Baseball Team.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Galilee United Methodist Church, 5129 County Rte 6, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Condolences and fond memories can also be shared at www.foxandmurrayfuneralhome.com.


  • Jim Robinson
  • Steve Robinson
  • Dave Beattie
  • Zeb Russell
  • Jordan Russell
  • Robert Todd


  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 12, 2019


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Noelann Delmas

December 11, 2019

To all of the Russell Family, my sincere condolences. Bill was a very good and kindhearted man, always there for others. May he rest in peace, and be reunited with loved ones. Sincerely, Noelann Delmas

Jeff & Dorothy Bracy

December 10, 2019

Black Lake has lost a great guy. Ron , Curt, and Cindy sorry for your loss .

barbara tayler

December 10, 2019

bob and i are offering our condolences to the russell family. we have known the family for a long time. bill was a friendly,harmless guy. he was always there when someone needed help. sorry for your loss. bob and barbara tayler.

Dave and Sue Fishel

December 10, 2019

Ron , Curt, and Cindy we are sorry to hear the sad news. Condolences and prayers to each of you and your families.

jerry crossett

December 10, 2019

Bill I will never forget all the fun we had at agway in lisbon, You were a great friend and will be missed ,

Patti Ames Cryderman

December 10, 2019

Cindy, Ron, and Curt you and your families are all in my thoughts and prayers. Know that he is now at peace.

Pete & Bonnie Bracy

December 9, 2019

To the Russell family, so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill, Great guy, nice friend and a good neighbor. He will be missed on Black Lake

Sue & Frank Kemp Spotswood

December 9, 2019

Ron, Cindy and Curt, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.

Gary Turner

December 9, 2019