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Perry Eugene Russell, 69, of Ellabell, Georgia and husband of Priscilla Louise May Russell, died Sunday afternoon, May 16, 2021, at Memorial University Medical Center.

Born in Savannah, Georgia, he was a son of the late Leroy Russell and the late Brunelle Cliffton Russell. Perry had fond memories of growing up in Fred Wessels with his brothers and made many lifelong friends there. A graduate of Savannah High School, Perry worked as an electrician at Kemira (Tronox) for 25 years and retired from there. He was an active part of the Savannah Music scene for over 50 years and most recently enjoyed playing with the Midtown Pickers at Coffee Deli in Savannah. After retirement, Perry became an ordained minister and married many local couples in love through his business, Keep it Simple Weddings.

Perry is best remembered for being kind, friendly, and caring towards others and for his love of his wife and family. He filled his life with music and enjoyed sharing it with others. With his personality bigger than life itself, he left a mark on everyone who met him.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 48 years, Priscilla Louise May Russell; children, Erica Russell Banaski, and Derek Ian Russell; granddaughters, Jordan, Taylor, Alex and Sarah; brothers, John, Tom, and Danny Russell.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 o’clock Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The funeral service will be held in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service at 2 o’clock, Thursday, May 20, 2021, conducted by the Reverend Dr. Drew Corbett.

Online Condolences

  1. Mark Lavin says:

    Perry was a lifelong friend. Perry loved his music from as long as I can remember. Prayers for his wife and his family. May the music play on in heaven.

  2. Marty Marmolejo says:

    Hearts and prayer’s to the entire Russell Family. Although it’s been many year’s since i’ve seen Perry the warm memories of yesterday still remain, the Fred Wessels community dances, hanging out at the playground around the park bench, walking the railroad tracks to Coke Field, running wild and free downtown, just to mention a few. Seem’s so long ago. goodbye and Play on Perry, Play on. Marty and Bobbie Marmolejo

  3. Sarah Moorhead says:

    Priscilla – I am so sorry for the loss of your husband Perry. It was so funny when I found out that we had mutual friends in common – from his music life. Try an take comfort in all the happy memories you have of his beautiful soul and most of all be sure to take care of yourself both physically and emotionally during this difficult time.

    Thinking of you,

    Sarah Moorhead

  4. Sheila M. Chalmers says:

    Condolences to Mrs. Russell and family. In the coming days, may you find comfort in the fond memories of Perry. He was truly a great co-worker/friend to many. It was a pleasure working with him.
    – Kemira, Tronox, Kerr-McGee family

  5. Gary Joseph Glemboski says:

    Perry was a longtime friend. Met him back in 19769-70 when he was studying karate. He love hi Priscilla. RIP my friend.

  6. Penny & Billy Morse says:

    Perry was a good friend and musical colleague for many years. He sang like an angel and is now part of that heavenly choir. Perry was a good friend and was always there to help his friends. He loved his family with all his heart. Our hearts go out to Pris, Erica,Derick, and his extended family. He left a void and we will forever miss him. Rest In Peace my friend

  7. Deacon James Spacher says:

    Our sincere condolences to Priscilla and to the family.
    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.

  8. Ellen and Jim Palmer says:

    Perry was obviously musically talented but his kindness was impressive too. He and Pris did so much for our family over the last 50 years and we are forever grateful. He went out of his way to spend time with our Mom and make sure she felt special and she loved him like a son. Pris you and your family are in our prayers. You will always be family to us.

  9. Roy Swindelle says:

    The White Tornado is tearing it up in heaven today. I will miss you my friend.

  10. Helen Bradley says:

    I pray that the decades of memories with the love of your life will sustain you during the difficult days ahead. I know Perry is making heaven a livelier place with his incredible musical talent.

    Love to you and the family.


  11. Linda Kaapa says:

    Priscilla, I am so sorry to hear about Perry. Hold onto memories. I pray for you and your family now and days to come.



  12. Gerald Cooper says:

    Condolences to you and your family. Perry was actually my Mothers cousin. I remember seeing him at many of the family reunions and he always greeted me with a big smile and a handshake. He had a great voice. I heard him sing at other funerals and events in the past. May God be with you and your family during this difficult time.

    Gerald and Wanda Cooper

  13. Cindy Roberts says:

    My Thoughts and prayers go out for Mr. Russell’s family.
    I got to know him from all the marriages he officiated during the 4 years of me being at the Probate Office in Bryan County. He will be so missed by our staff. God Bless his family on the days ahead..

  14. Bill Morris says:

    Oh I Had the opportunity to work with Perry forty the last 40 years, and I couldn’t find a better man for a Partner he will certainly be missed. Give my love to the rest of the family.


  15. Kenny Denmark says:

    This letter goes out to a wonderful friend, father, and husband married to his dear wife Priss who did it right while here on Earth. His passing is supposed to hurt but Perry is in Heaven now we will see him again if we trust in God . His long time friend, Kenny Denmark

  16. Robert Carter says:

    Very sad to see this a few days ago. Great memories of playing music for a short time with Perry. Sweetest personality, great voice and just an all round good guy. Rest easy my great friend.

  17. Joann Devoe says:

    Condolences to Perry’s family. I knew Perry from school and Fred Wessels. He was really nice guy and he loved his music. Rip Perry

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