General Douglas Russell, 67, departed this life Monday, Nov. 4, at his home in Macon. Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Roanoke Chapel United Church of Christ in Boydton, Va., by the Rev. Curtis McCrae, pastor. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Mr. Russell, son of the late Johnnie and Queen Esther Russell, was born Aug. 9, 1952, in Warren County. He graduated from John Graham High School in Warrenton. Mr. Russell was employed over the years at Clayton Homes, Lauren Glass, Pay Jay’s and, lastly, with JR’s Diesel and Trucking.  

Later in life, he was baptized and joined Roanoke Chapel United Church of Christ.

Russell was a faithful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all he knew. He always had a word of wisdom to share with everyone.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Russell was preceded in death by one son, Douglas Jermaine Russell; two brothers, John and Eugene Russell; and two sisters, Ann E. Palmer Monroe and Sallie Harris.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Evert Russell of the home; two daughters, Renee Russell of Clarksville, Tenn., and Retosha Howard of Durham; two sons, Jeffrey Hargrove and Mark Howard, both of the home; one adopted daughter, Crystal Blanchard of Wise; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, George Russell (Diane) of Greensboro and Jimmie Russell of Irvine, Calif.; six brothers-in-law, Thomas George (Gayla), Eddie Howard III, David Howard, Daniel Howard (Jennie), Malvin Howard (Mary) and Alvin Howard (Helen); four sisters-in-law, Hazel Falcon (John), Adlean Davis (Thomas), Carolyn Williams and Eleanor Bullock; a special friend always known as “Young Lady,” Phyllis Hunt; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arrangements were by Boyd & Royster Funeral Services of Warrenton. Online condolences may be made at