, Muskogee, OK

February 16, 2014

Gary Lee Russell

1952 - 2014

— Gary Lee Russell, 61, of Muskogee, OK passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014. Gary was born on May 23, 1952 to Walter Lee Russell Sr. and Ruby Geraldine Moore Russell in Lawrence, KS. Gary was a licensed Union Electrician and often traveled to work on large construction projects until his retirement in 2001. He was truly a jack of all trades and there were few things that Gary couldn't fix.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Ruby Geraldine Russell; and his brother, Jerry Russell.

Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Celfa Elizabeth; his children, Elizabeth Awe and husband, Frankie, Eric Russell and Gloria Russell; his step-children, Theresa Hitchcock and Frank Hitchcock; his grandchildren, Heather, Jeffery, Joey, Katie, Kyle, Frederick, Franklin, William, and Emilee; his siblings, Julia Pierson, Walter Russell Jr. and wife, Karen, Steve Russell and wife, Susie, and Terri Russell; his aunts, Alpha Young and husband, Mack and Annabelle Dickerson;  also a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members;  special friends of the family include, Sylvia Fletcher, Phil and Pam Lipscomb, Megan Shae, Brett Harper, Jordan Shae Harper and many longtime neighborhood friends.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM, Monday, February 17, 2014 at Cornerstone Funeral Home.

Funeral services celebrating Gary's life will be 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Daniel Miller officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee.

Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 North York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at