On the morning of Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, Claude Junior Russell, 58, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Nebo.

A native and lifelong resident of McDowell County, he was born on June 24, 1959. He was the son of the late Charlie and Sally Mae Finley Russell. He was preceded in death by one sister, Dollie Buchanan; and one brother, George Taylor Russell. Claude adored spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren; and enjoyed riding motorcycles with family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Kathy Russell; one son, Matt Russell; one daughter, Jillian Russell; three brothers, Charles Buchanan (Joanie), Richard Buchanan (Kay), and Billy Buchanan; one sister-in-law, Roberta Russell. Claude is also survived by his precious grandchildren, Aiden Russell, Kadence Russell, Hannah Presnell, Bella Owens and Teagan Owens; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., in the Chapel of Beam Funeral Service with the Rev. Tim Biddix officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m., prior to the service.

Beam Funeral Service & Crematory is assisting the Russell family. For further information and/or to sign the online guestbook, please visit our website,, or call 828-559-8111.

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