Bobby Gene Russell, 86, died on Oct. 7, 2020, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Russell was born in Boomer on Dec. 15, 1933, oldest child of Johnnie Fred and Helen Edmiston Russell. He was preceded in death by both parents and a sister, Gail Elwood of Phoenix, Ariz.
He is survived by two sons, Tommy of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Robert of Huntington Beach, Calif.; three grandchildren; four brothers, Tommy of Mooresville, Ralph (Vickie) of Yadkinville, David (Sandy) of Winston Salem, and James of Statesville; and four sisters, Carol Johnson of Mooresville, Sandy Brooks (Joe) of Seattle, Wash., Barbara Hoffman of Swansboro and JoAnn Ramsey (Allen) of North Wilkesboro; and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Russell served 18 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, primarily as a flight mechanic on aircraft carriers. He had two deployments to Vietnam. Until his retirement, he worked in construction in the Los Angeles area.
After cremation, his ashes will be returned to North Carolina to be scattered near his birthplace.