Edward B. Russ, Jr

June 28, 1946 - December 19, 2008
Edward B. Russ, Jr

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Edward Benjamin Russ, Jr. of Wilmington, NC, died on December 19, 2008 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Wilmington, NC on June 28, 1946, the son of Celeste Price Russ, currently a resident of Brunswick Cove Living Center, and the late Edward Benjamin Russ.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his sister, Dr. Gail S. Russ of Bloomington, IL; his brother, Harold B. Russ of Wilmington, NC; his aunts Doris Russ Bordeaux of Leland, Barbara Russ of Rock Hill, SC, Iris Russ of Fremont, CA, and Margie Price Knight of Durham, NC; as well as many cousins around the country.

Following his graduation from New Hanover High School in 1965, Ed worked three years for the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company in Virginia. He then served 14 years in the United States Air Force, and was a Vietnam veteran. After his military service, Ed worked in security for over six years. He joined Wal-Mart in the early 1990s, where he worked, primarily as a greeter, until his death.

Ed was an avid Civil War buff from childhood, and was a proud member of The Cape Fear Civil War Round Table for many years. He especially enjoyed their annual field trips, and he loved to share his deep knowledge of our local area history. In the early 1990s he was the staff photographer at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site, where he also conducted guided tours. His other hobbies included computers, electronics and photography, and his family remembers well his skill in pen and ink drawing.

Despite his poor health in recent years, he continued his work and hobbies with enthusiasm. Ed will be greatly missed. His was a gentle soul.

The family will receive friends at the residence, 702 Francis Marion Drive, Wilmington, on Sunday, December 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., during which a brief memorial service will be held at 3:00, conducted by his cousin, the Rev. Allen Grey of Leland, NC.

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  • December 24, 2008
    Margie Price Knight says:
    The Lords Prayer Our Father, who are in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever. Amen. May today there be peace within you. Love and prayers, Aunt Margie

  • December 28, 2008
    Jan and Dave Peirson says:
    Our hearts go out to the family. I do not know how they can continue without him! He was greatly loved by his brother, Harold, a dear friend of ours. God in his wisdom chose Edward to come Home to be with Him. God needed Edward so badly, moreso than those of us here on this Earth. Edward will be missed ever so much by his brother Harold. They were best of friends as brothers should be, and inseperable. Our prayers shall continue for the family that loved him so.

  • December 24, 2008
    Mike and Karen Budziszewski says:
    We were so sorry to hear of Ed's passing. We have been active members in the Civil War Roundtable since moving to the area 12 years ago. Ed was one of the first to greet and welcome us. He rarely missed a meeting and really enjoyed the field trips. He will be missed by all who knew this very nice man.