ROCK HILL -- Mr. Richard "Roy" Russell Sr., 74, passed away Friday, March 14, 2008, at Piedmont Medical Center.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, March 17, at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, with Dr. Tom Patterson officiating and Mr. T.R. Jones assisting. Burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery.
A native of Rock Hill, Mr. Russell was a son of the late Benjamin Harrison Russell and the late Sadie Long Russell. He proudly served in the Korean War, U.S. Navy, BM3 from July 1950 to April 1954; the Vietnam War, U.S.A.F., SMSGT from November 1954 to February 1971; and was a detective with the Rock Hill Police Department from May 1971 to March 1988.
After retirement, he served as a reserve officer for the Gaffney Police Department. He was an acting constable for the state of South Carolina. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Frank Roach Post #34 American Legion. Roy loved to fly planes and to travel.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Russell and his sister, Ruby Russell.
He was the loving father of three sons, Richard "Rick" Roy Russell Jr. and his fiancée, Kim of Rock Hill; Jeffrey John Russell of Fort Mill and Benjamin "Adam" Russell of Charlotte, N.C.; four daughters, Sharon Russell Browne and her partner, Mr. Tony Bell of Charlotte, Anita Russell Geddings and her husband, Bill and Monica "Jodi" Russell, all of York and Elizabeth "Liz" Russell of Fort Mill; his stepson, Johnathan Ray Bumgardner and his wife, Angelina of Fort Stewart, Ga.; and his stepdaughter, Stephanie Lingerfelt and her husband, Josh of York. He is also survived by his sister, Rosie Russell Morton of Kentucky; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 5 to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 16, at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill and other times at the home of his daughter, Anita R. Geddings.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 520 Gervais Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201; or the Fraternal Order of Police Foundation, 701 Marriott Drive, Nashville, TN 37214.
Condolences may be made to www.greenefuneralhome.net.