WILMINGTON — Mike Louis Russell Sr., 82, whose infectious smile and timid personality built a life and a livelihood envied by most, peacefully passed away Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at his home surrounded by the love of his life and many family members.
Mike Sr. built Russell’s Duraclean Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning in Wilmington 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; sister, Mary Russell; son, Mike Russell Jr.; and daughter, Rhonda Russell Johnson, and her husband, Alan. He will also watch from afar his granddaughters, Brittany Mason, Lauren Reece, Katherine Russell and Madison Johnson; as well as five loving great-grandchildren. In addition to his loving parents, Linster and Hilda Russell, Mike was 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.
An extended thank you to Lower Cape Fear Life Care for providing excellent support from Kevon Garrison, R.N., and Kathy Lofton CNA. Also, a special thank you to our dear family friend, Annette Phelps; and our surrounding neighbors, Wade, Laura and Samantha.
A celebration of life ceremony will held at 11 a.m., Monday, July 19, at Wilmington Funeral Chapel, led by Elder Mike Lauter. The family will see friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lower Cape Fear Life Care Foundation.
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