Emily Timmons Russell – obituary

by Feb 27, 2014OBITUARIES0 comments



Emily Timmons Russell was born Feb. 27, 1920 in Canton, of the family of George Hasque and Rhetta Morgan Timmons. She died Feb. 19, 2014 in Waynesville.
Emily was married to Joseph Turner Russell Jr. on July 17, 1938. They had four children, six grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

The survivors are:
Joseph Turner Russell III of Ashville with wife Rosemary -two children and two grandchildren; the Rev. George David Russell and Carolyn in Waynesville, four children and fifteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren;
and Rebekah Lynn Russell in Waynesville.

The husband, Joseph Turner, and daughter, Teresa Lea, are deceased.

In the business world, she held several positions from Postal Clerk to Executive Secretary before she started her own business, The Telephone Answering Service in Haywood from which she retired.

She was very active in church, which was the Presbyterian Church U.S. and then the PCA Presbyterian Church. She taught Bible in both with youth groups and Sunday School. She served in the office of President on local, district and Presbyterial levels.

She was active on the Presbyterial level to bring the churches into the new PCA. She was one of three to bring the local church into PCA which is Covenant PCA.

She was an active member of the Leadership of America organization, chaired by Martha Roundtree and based in Washington, DC.

She was an active member of Back to God movement and took many trips to Washington, DC and Raleigh to meet Congressmen and legislators on the issue of Prayer in Schools, School books, against Women’s liberation and other issues.   On the county and local levels, she served several times as President of: Democratic Women of Haywood, American Legion Activity and Alpha Master chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi and one time to National Association of General Employees.
She served three years on the Women’s Advisory Committee of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church in America- a national committee.  She was recognized publically on four occasions and given awards for her work as twenty years on the Presbyterial level of both churches.

First and foremost, Emily Russell loved the Lord passionately and worked to bring her family to know and love the Lord. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Covenant Presbyterian Church in Waynesville.

Long House Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.