Freddie Russell Sr., 64

Deacon and veteran

January 14, 2007

Freddie Douglas Russell Sr., a retired machinist, church deacon and Vietnam veteran, died Jan. 7 of multiple organ failure at Northwest Hospital Center. The Woodlawn resident was 64.

He enlisted in the Army soon after graduating from Carver High School and served in Vietnam from 1964 to 1966. Exposure to Agent Orange during his two tours of duty caused lifelong health problems, his family said.

After his discharge from the military, he worked as a machinist for Continental Can, Revere Copper and Crown, Cork & Seal. While at Crown, he served as company civil rights representative. Long active in the United Steelworkers, he held several elected positions in the local chapter. Poor health forced him to retire from Crown in 1995.

He was ordained a deacon at Gillis Falls Memorial Christian Community Church in the city nearly 20 years ago. He recently served as chairman of the board of deacons at Elkridge Christian Community Church, which is led by his son, the Rev. Sean R. Russell.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gillis Falls Memorial Christian Community Church, 4016 Park Heights Ave.

In addition to his son, survivors include his wife of 39 years, the former Patricia G. Kyler; another son, Freddie D. Russell Jr. of Baltimore; two brothers, James Russell Jr. and Donald Russell, both of Baltimore; and 10 grandchildren.

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