SOUTHERN PINES   Charles E. Russell, age 79, died Thursday, August 20, 2015 at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.   A memorial service is planned for 3:00 pm   on Sunday  at Carthage United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Nelson officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service in the Sinclair House.   A native of Moore County, he was the son of the late Clyde and Ida Kidd Russell.  Charles held many records as a star baseball player at East Carolina University where he earned his bachelors and masters degrees. He earned his Ed.S degree from Appalachian State University.  He was a coach, teacher,  and principal for many years.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille R. Cockman and Era R. Chilton and three brothers, Tracy Russell, J. C. Russell, and Herman Russell.   He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marie Joyner Russell, a daughter, Shari Russell Finkler & husband, Andrew, one grandson, Walker Wilkins, of Hope Mills, and one granddaughter, Olivia Eason, of Dublin, Georgia. Additionally, Charles is survived by a host of loving nieces, nephews, and friends.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Renovation Fund, Carthage United Methodist Church.   Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Russell family.   Online condolences may be made  at

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  1. Dear Marie & Shari,

    My heart goes to both of you in Mr. Russell’s passing. I wish all of your

    my deepest sympathy and love.



  2. I was sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Russell. I remember him fondly as he was one of my favorite principals. His family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Marie and Shari, I am so sorry to hear of Charlie’s passing. Please know that Jerry and I both are remembering you at this time of grief and adjustment. Sincerely, Evelyn Vest-Arnold

  4. Teacher…Coach…Friend…So many memories…He was such an important part of the best days of our lives ….He will live on in our hearts….

  5. Sheri and Marie, Larry and I were so glad we came to the funeral. Sheri, your remembrances of your dad held everyone spellbound. I was lucky to have had Charlie as my first principal. Marie, I enjoyed our years of teaching together, and all the chats we h

  6. Sending my sincere condolences to Mrs. Russell and daugther Shari. I am not sure if you remember me, Mrs. Russell, but you were my 6th grade math teacher at Troy Middle. Mr. Russell was my principal at Troy Elementary and my computer teacher at West. He c

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