Ken Russell

Ken Russell

Mr. Ken M. Russell, age 77, of Flowery Branch passed away Friday, August 10, 2012 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, following a sudden illness. Memorial Services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012 from the Chapel of Memorial Park South Funeral Home with Inurnment following at Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors, at a later date. Deacon Mike Jones will officiate. The family will receive friends 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Thursday, August 16, 2012 at Memorial Park South Funeral Home. A reception will follow the service at Sterling on the Lake Clubhouse. Mr. Russell owned a private investigative firm for 18 years, contracting with state and federal agencies for background checks. He was retired as a Special Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He spent five years as an officer for the U.S. Navy and five years as a member of Naval Criminal Investigative Service, spending one year in Vietnam. Mr. Russell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the College of Charleston, and a Master of Science in Forensic Science from George Washington University. A native of Charleston, S.C., Ken Russell moved to the Sterling on the Lake subdivision in Flowery Branch seven years ago. He was a founding member and former vice president of the South Hall Republican Club, and co-founder and volunteer co-manager of the Spout Springs Library Farmers Market. Survivors include: wife of 18 years, Eleanor B. Coppedge of Flowery Branch; sons and daughters-in-law, Sean & Jennifer Russell of Sarasota, Florida, Scott & Renee Russell of Martinez, California, and Todd & Lori Coppedge of Suwanne; son, Kevin Russell of Charleston, South Carolina; brother, Michael Russell of Charleston, South Carolina; Step-mother, Helena Russell of Charleston, South Carolina; and 6 grandchildren, Grayson, Noah, Lake, Zachary, Will and Collette. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ronnie Green Heart Center, 743 Spring Street, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. Memorial Park South Funeral Home, 4121 Falcon Parkway, Flowery Branch, GA 30542 is in charge of arrangements. Send on-line condolences to www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.