Mike Louis Russell, Sr.

February 22, 1939 - July 14, 2021
Mike Louis Russell, Sr.

Mike Russell, Sr., whose infectious smile and timid personality built a life and a livelihood envied by most, passed away peacefully at his home located in Wilmington on July 14, 2021 surrounded by the love of his life and many family members.

Mike, Sr., built Russell’s Duraclean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning in Wilmington, N.C., from the ground up, on everything he will be remembered for – hard work, strong values, integrity and respect. Although not overly expressive, his actions of patience, kindness and strength will be remembered for years to come by all who crossed his welcoming and friendly path.
Of course he’ll be remembered for love of his North Carolina Tar Heels, his NASCAR and his absolute admiration of his son, daughter, granddaughters, and great grandchildren, but all those fall in line behind his love for his wife of 61 years.

He is survived by his rock, his wife and his best friend Lou ‘Tink’ Russell, his sister Mary Russell, son Mike Russell, Jr., and daughter Rhonda Russell Johnson and husband Alan. He will also watch from afar his granddaughter’s Brittany Mason, Lauren Reece, Katherine Russell, and Madison Johnson, as well as 5 loving great grandchildren! In addition to his loving parents Linster and Hilda Russell, Mike is preceded in death by his brother Roland Russell.

He gave his family a happy home, his friends an open door, and competitors a run for their money. And he served as a role model for each.
He’s in a better place, no doubt and leaves with us fond memories, tall tales, and proper celebrations. He may be gone, but he won’t go away. He will walk beside us every day unseen, unheard but always near.

Extended thank you’s to Lower Cape Fear Life Care for providing excellent support from Kevon Garrison RN and Kathy Lofton CNA. Also, a special thank you to our dear family friend Annette Phelps and our surrounding neighbors Wade, Laura, and Samantha.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lower Cape Fear Life Care Foundation.

A Celebration of Life Ceremony will held 11 am Monday, July 19, 2021 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel, led by Elder Mike Lauter. The family will see friends an hour prior to the service.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-9099.

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  • July 16, 2021
    Callie Hill says:
    Mike was such a wonderful man and grandfather. I watched how much he cared for Maddie and in turn, cared for me. I always loved going over to visit him and I am so sad to hear of the family’s loss. I will be keeping all of you in my prayers during this time.

  • July 16, 2021
    Steve Moore says:
    Mike Sr. was a great role model for young boys of Wrightsboro who were fortunate enough to know him. His door was always open and he always had a genuine interest in his extended “family.” I had the pleasure since I was about 8 years old and always felt “at home” in his home. He was a blessing to us all.

  • July 16, 2021
    Steve Moore says:
    Mike Sr. was a great role model to the boys of Wrightsboro. His door was always open and he was always genuinely interested in his extended “family.”

  • July 16, 2021
    Steve and Sharon Mathis says:
    Deepest condolences to the family.

  • July 16, 2021
    Susan Moody says:
    RIP uncle Mike, say hello to dad and the gang Prayers for peace and comfort for Aunt Tink and family ❤️