SEPTEMBER 1960 • AUGUST 7, 2017
Jeffrey Ross Russell of Sugar Land, Texas passed away unexpectedly on August 7 of complications from heart disease. He was born in 1960 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to parents Billy and Roma Russell. He is survived by his wife Christina and son Luke, of Sugar Land, brother Scott Russell of Virginia, and half-brothers Mike and Terry of North Carolina, as well as several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins, and step-mother Carol.
Jeff graduated in 1978 from East Forsyth High School in Winston-Salem and went on to attend Florida College in Temple Terrace, Florida. He transferred to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated with a BS in Computer Science in 1983. He immediately went to work in Houston as a computer analyst for Shell Oil Company. The next year, he was transferred to the company’s Information Center, where he met a group of new-hires who would become his good friends, and one who became his wife. He was married to Christina Chapman of Fayette, Alabama in October of 1987. Their son, Luke, was born in 1996.
Jeff was very active in the Alief Church of Christ, now known as Alston Road. He most recently served as deacon in charge of public worship, but in the past, he also enjoyed teaching children’s classes as well as volunteering as a counselor for FC Dry Creek Camp. He helped run their Bible Correspondence Course for more than 25 years, reaching nearly 12,000 people. He also loved to sing, and to lead the singing in church, always with a big smile on his face.
Jeff was enthusiastic about young people, and got tremendous joy from volunteering in the community. He served as a coach for youth league soccer and basketball, but it was Scouting that captured his heart. He served as the Cubmaster of Pack 311 out of Barrington Place, and most recently as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 911 in Sugar Land. Two of Jeff’s proudest moments were watching his son Luke get baptized into Christ and pinning the Eagle medal on him in Scouts.
Jeff was also an accomplished public speaker with many awards, especially for Tall Tales and Humorous Speech, and was an active member of Toastmasters International for more than 20 years.
Jeff had planned to retire at the end of 2017 after having worked for Shell almost 35 years. Sadly, God had other plans for him. We have lost a fine, faithful brother, father, husband, and friend, but we have confidence he is now singing in Heaven.
A memorial celebration was held for Jeff at Alston Road Church of Christ the evening of August 10, 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that people donate to their favorite charity or to Friends of Scouting.