Russell G. Baldwin

December 20, 1925 - September 18, 2014
Russell G. Baldwin

Russell G. Baldwin, age 88 of Leland passed away, Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice LifeCareCenter.

Russell was a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and a proud veteran of the US Army Air Corps, serving during WWII. In his early life he served with NASA in Huntsville, Alabama and later with the Charlotte News and Observer. Russell was a member of Wilmington First Pentecostal Holiness Church, and lived in Leland for many years. Russell was instrumental in forming the Town of Leland over 25 years ago and served as the first Mayor of Leland.

Russell is survived by his brothers, Kent Baldwin and wife Verdie of Scott Hill, NC, and Larry Baldwin and wife Pauline of Siler City, NC., and a special friend Jennffer McMillan.

A memorial service will be held 1 PM Monday, September 29, 2014 at the Wilmington First Penetcostal Holiness Church, 29th and Chestnut Streets in Wilmington.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation Village Road Chapel, 525 Village Road, Leland, NC 28451 910.383.3511


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  • September 29, 2014
    John D Crowder says:
    A visionary--focused --tenacious--very tactical--very knowledgeable in political issues--the father of the Town of Leland! If it wasn't for his vision Leland may not have formed--1989

  • September 29, 2014
    Niel Brooks says:
    Mr. Baldwin was a visionary who helped make Leland what it is today. Without his leadership, the Town would not exist and the residents of the area would not enjoy the quality of life they do today. Mr. Baldwin's legacy will live on long after he is gone. Our thoughts are with the family.

  • September 23, 2014
    Mrs Moore says:
    A great man, deeply missed. One of Leland's founders and finest. Many prayers for the family

  • September 24, 2014
    Jane Crowder says:
    Please accept our condolences in the passing of Russell. He was the reason Leland is here today. Although there were several people involved in the establishment of the town, there is no doubt that he was the " Founding Father of Leland." Even though we will miss seeing him, his spirit will live on forever.

  • September 26, 2014
    Patricia Darby says:
    My condolences to the family. I worked for Mr. Baldwin for many years and thought he was an honorable man.