Richard Brevard Russell, III

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Richard Brevard Russell, III

Death: October 20, 2016 (86)
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Lee Russell, Sr. and Sybil Nannette Russell
Brother of Robert Lee Russell, Jr.; Private; Private and Private

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About Richard Brevard Russell, III

Richard attended Darlington School in Rome, Ga., where he developed friendships that he upheld with devotion throughout his life. He graduated and went to work for the summer helping to construct the Alaskan railroad. Upon return, he attended Davidson College, the University of Georgia and graduated from the School of Law at UGA with a Juris Doctor Degree. He practiced law in Winder, Ga., served as Superior Court Judge for the Piedmont Judicial Circuit, and entered into private practice in the 1960’s with the Hon. T. Penn McWhorter, which was the beginning of a long and fulfilling personal and professional relationship, with Judge McWhorter. The firm ultimately expanded over the years to include other prominent attorneys, including his son and namesake, Richard B Russell Jr.

He served in the Georgia Army National Guard as Commander of Winder Infantry Company and was honored to do so, maintaining relationships with local guardsmen he had the honor to serve with.

Richard was graced with his heritage and legacy of being the namesake of the late Senator Richard Brevard Russell, Jr. He was the epitome of a gracious Southern gentleman who behind the scenes, managed many of the needs and requirements of the Senator’s local personal life and later his estate, their very large family, the family home, and Russell Family cemetery. Richard assisted with establishing the Russell Family Cemetery Trust which is the catalyst that is used today to honor Sen. Russell’s request that the home, grounds, and cemetery be used for family use and reunions for many years to come.

Richard spent a lifetime of Sundays at First Presbyterian Church in Winder, where he and Pat would sit together with other family on the exact same row each visit to worship.

Richard engaged in community service and political endeavors, serving as both Barrow County Attorney and Barrow County School Board Attorney, as well as providing legal counsel to corporate presidents and industries, and local farmers and the agricultural community he so loved. He stood up for his beliefs and causes and staunchly defended them, when needed. His stern appearance was somewhat intimidating and he was a force to be reckoned with to those who were in disagreement with him.

When not practicing law, Richard enjoyed working on his land and managing his herd of cattle. He could change from business suit to coveralls in record time. He enjoyed freshwater fishing, hunting, and driving his “Jeep” on trails in the woods, often including his children and grandchildren.

Richard and Pat also valued their time and friendships in Islamorada, Fla., where they maintained a second home for over 30 years. Richard was happiest during those years, on his boat with his fishing buddies, Dr. John Castronuova, Sal Tucci and others, as he mastered their saltwater fishing techniques.

Richard was a man of “lists.” A legal pad and ink pen were a requirement for his vehicle, office, and bedside table. So much in fact, that we considered writing his obituary in bullet points. He would have liked that.

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Richard Brevard Russell, III's Timeline

January 30, 1930
October 20, 2016
Age 86