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Franklyn Richard Russell

February 26, 1933 — June 14, 2023



Franklyn Richard Russell, age 90, was born February 26, 1933 in Shopville, Kentucky and departed this life at his home in Somerset, Kentucky on June 14, 2023. He is survived by Mary Lou Russell, his loving wife of 70 years. He is also survived by his 3 daughters, Rosanna (Jack) Adams, Sheila (Johnny) Whitaker, Jennifer (Garry) Norton and his son Brian (Brenda) Russell; Grandchildren, Robbie (Mary) Adams, Kelly (James) Poynter, Jared (Kathy) Whitaker, Stefanie (Troy) Chapman, Madison Whitaker, Jackie (Ronnie) Hall, Dylan Norton, Jessica (Jackson) Lockard, Breanna Russell, Brooke Russell and Bryce (Caitlyn) Russell, 10 great-grandchildren and his sister Brenda (Jay) Adams.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Alta Russell; sister Dorothy Mounce; brother Ralph Russell; and grandson David Adams. 

Franklyn was a Korean War Veteran and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Franklyn was a man who loved growing things. Earlier in his life, he spent countless hours on the farm planting crops, caring for livestock and raising his children. As the years passed, he found a love for growing vegetables and flowers. In his twilight years, his family looked to him to plant seeds of wisdom with them. Through it all, he knew it was important to grow the Kingdom of God. 
He valued so many things in life and knew that nurturing and caring for something was better than replacing it. You could see that in his 70-year marriage, his worn and notated Bible, his relationships with his family and friends, his favorite coffee cup and his old truck that he never replaced after more than thirty years of Sundays driving through the car lots. 

Franklyn didn’t have to work at being a good person. It’s just who he was. He didn’t take tomorrow for granted and he said “I love you” as often as he could. He is leaving behind a beautiful legacy of love, honesty, kindness and faithfulness that he has entrusted each of his family members to carry on and share for generations to come. He left his loved ones knowing that family prayer will continue each time they gather together around the dinner table and that some day in the future we will all celebrate a great reunion once again. 

 A funeral service for Franklyn Richard Russell will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 17th, at the Chapel of the Pulaski Funeral Home with Rev. Jamey Epperson officiating. Burial will follow in the Renfro Cemetery.

The family of Franklyn Richard Russell will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. Saturday until time for services.

Pulaski Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mr. Russell.

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