Robert Dean Russell, Sr., 84, of Florence, died Thursday, April 29, 2021, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, a son of the late James Lawrence “Jack” Russell and Mardell Poore Russell. He was a proud graduate of The Citadel, Class of 1959, and continued his service in the National Guard. Bob was a pharmaceutical representative with Merck & Company for over 40 years.

He was a member of the Church at Sandhurst and the Florence Lions Club. He was an outdoorsman and loved boating, fishing, and golf.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia P. Russell of the home; a daughter, Beth Russell of Florence; two sons, Bobby Russell (Karen) and Bradley Russell (Bethany), both of Florence; two step-sons, Eddie Howle (Karen) of Oak Ridge, NC, and Michael Howle of Florence; a brother, Billy Russell (Carolyn) of Macclenny, Florida; and 14 grandchildren, Robert Dean Russell III, David Russell, Gage Russell, Kendall Russell, Michelle Russell, Stokes Russell, Luke Robinson, Amelia Robinson, Hank Robinson, Kayla Howle, Gracie Howle, Mason Howle, Austin Johnson, and Victoria Johnson.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, May 2, 2021, at Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home. The family will greet friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to Church at Sandhurst, 1140 Third Loop Rd., Florence, SC 29505.

Posted in: Waters Powell Funeral Home

Posted on: 2021-05-03

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