BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
A celebration of life for Pastor Frank Russ was held April 18 at Living Faith World Ministries. He died on April 10 at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. He was 84.
Russ was the pastor and presiding elder of several Triumph the Church and Kingdom of God in Christ churches throughout Florida. In later years, he founded Fellowship Union Church of God in Daytona Beach where he was the pastor and overseer until his passing.
“He was a kind man,” his wife, Ruth Russ, told the Daytona Times. “I missed him when he departed and I still miss him.”
The pair was married on Jan. 21, 1968.
“One of the first things that we vowed after we were married were that we would put God first, then each other, then family next, and that is how it was up until the end.”
Enjoyed the outdoors
Russ enjoyed playing basketball and had a knack for joining his wife for quiet evenings enjoying nature.
“We loved to go and watch fish jump down on 10th Street,” she shared. “We’d watch the mullet jump and skip and the dolphins play and we’d watch the ships and boats go by the Orange Avenue bridge by the courthouse. He would go with me during our latter years together.”
“We also loved to travel,” Mrs. Russ continued. “We did a lot of traveling. We really enjoyed going to his hometown of Red Bay. It was such a beautiful place. We saw a lot of sites by the Suwannee River.
We’d see the deer.”
Mrs. Russ recalled that her husband also enjoyed hunting in his younger years. “He loved to hunt, but never brought anything home to cook,” she said with a laugh.
She added, “He was a godly man, a kind man. He will be missed.’’
Russ was previously married to the late Blondia Lanier. He had 10 children, five of whom preceded him in death.