Sydney Jenkins “Rut” Russell, 83, resident of Troy, husband of Sara Frick Russell, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at his home.
Born in Greenwood, January 11, 1935, he was a son of the late Sydney J. and Leila Edwards Russell. Mr. Russell served in the South Carolina National Guard, was a 1954 graduate of Greenwood High School and retired after 46 years from the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT).
A longtime member of Troy United Methodist Church, Mr. Russell was also a former member of the Troy Volunteer Fire Department where he served as Chief for 36 years.
Surviving in addition to his wife of the home is his sister, JoAnn Bledsoe and husband Derrick; two nieces, Lynn Young and husband Troy of Troy and Janice Haigler of Prosperity; a great-nephew, Sydney Young, of Troy.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday at Troy United Methodist Church with Rev. Barrett Alewine officiating.
Burial will be in Troy Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Franklin Bowick, Ronnie Fox, David Latham, Jamie Peeler, Frank White, Jimmy Peeler, Toney Storey, and Sonny Rush.
Honorary escort will be the Men of Troy United Methodist Church along with Stephen Edwards, Jerry Jennings, Greg Slay, Curtis Walker, Bo Young and Clifton Edwards.
The family is at their respective homes and will receive friends at Blyth Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 Friday evening.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Troy United Methodist Church, PO Box 158, Troy, SC 29848 or to Troy Cemetery Association, PO Box 23, Troy, SC 29848 or to St. Jude Children’s, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
For online condolences visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Russell family.