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Russell Hamilton Turner
Viewing: January 24, 2019 (Thursday) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at funeral home
Service: January 25, 2019 (Friday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Travilah Baptist Church, 12811 Glen Rd., North Potomac, MD

Russell Hamilton Turner (age 89) of Gaithersburg, MD passed away on January 18, 2019.  Russell was born in Faber, VA on December 22, 1929, to the late Stella Ware Harris Turner and the late Milton Roberts Turner.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Laura Lee Legg Turner; sisters Margaret Turner Baber and Ella Blanche Turner Rush; brother Martin Roberts Turner; and brother-in-law Norman Legg.  Surviving are his special cousin Barbara Turner Lowery and her son Jonathan Bruce Lowery; sister-in-law Judith Legg; and special nephew Erik Legg, as well as other nieces and nephews.  

Russell proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.  Both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees were earned at the University of VA.  Russell began his teaching career in Nelson County, VA, eventually becoming principal of Schuyler Elementary School.  Afterwards he taught in Frederick then Montgomery County Public Schools.  Upon retirement from teaching, Russell became a real estate agent with W.C. & A.N. Miller Company.  Very active in the Laytonsville Lions Club, Russell served in many capacities including president and chairman of the Scholarship Committee.  Russell was a member of the Montgomery County Historical Society and the National Cathedral Association.  He enjoyed the worship services held there before joining Travilah Baptist Church.  Russell was an avid gardener who raised beautiful boxwood plants and was active in the DarneBloomers Garden Club.  

There will be a visitation for family and friends on January 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 E. Deer Park Dr., Gaithersburg, MD.  A funeral service will take place on January 25 at 11 a.m. at Travilah Baptist Church, 12811 Glen Rd., N. Potomac, MD.  Graveside services and burial will be held on January 26 at 11 a.m. Monticello Memory Gardens, 670 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville, VA.

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