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RUSSELL H. REID

February 15, 1940 January 28, 2015
RUSSELL H. REID
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Russell Houston Reid, Jr. -- affectionately known as “Buddy” -- was born on February 15, 1940, in Sunderland, Maryland to the late Gertrude Jones Smith and Russell H. Reid, Sr. He transitioned peacefully in his sleep on January 28, 2015, following a three-year battle with cancer.

A life-long resident of Huntingtown, Maryland, Russell spent much of his childhood with his paternal grandparents, Jesse and Lydia Reid, aunts, uncles, and cousins on the family farm. Although everyone worked hard, they also enjoyed laughing and joking with each other during leisure time. These close relationships continued from childhood through adulthood.

Russell graduated from W. Sampson Brooks High School in 1958. He married Phyllis Elizabeth Reid, his childhood sweetheart, in 1960. Over the course of 54 years, the couple was blessed with four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Russell’s children remember their father for his belief in hard work and intolerance for laziness. He instilled in them the values of strength, resilience, and independence.

Russell spent 35 years in the construction industry, and was the foreman for major projects such as the Smithsonian Institute and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. In addition to his career, he was always available for neighborhood home improvements and repairs of any kind. He also loved singing, gardening, hunting, and his dogs.

No matter what Russell’s week involved, serving God was a priority every Sunday. He was an active member of Plum Point United Methodist Church and enjoyed celebrating God through song. In fact, Russell sung in every choir at Plum Point; and as a founding member and the long-time President of the Huntingtown Charge Men’s Choir, his favorite hymns were “I Am Redeemed” and “Come Along.”

Russell was preceded in death by two grandchildren: Curtis Reid and Tashear Alston. He is survived by his devoted wife, Phyllis; children: Gary, Pam (Jules), Paula, Ashley (Jeremy) and Crystal (Jeffrey); grandchildren: Justin, Jerel, Jules, Reid, Bradford, and Quincy; great-grandchildren: Jalin and Jalaya; godson: Terrell Ennis (Randi); siblings: Velma Dyse (Walter), Nevanda Taylor, and Lamartine Smith (Marlene); aunts: Lovelett Reid, Florence Thompson, Dorothy Claggett (James), and Freda Reid; uncles: George Jones (Clara), Leslie Jones, Carroll Jones (Gloria), and Vernon “Butch” Jones, Sr. (Sylvia); and in-laws: Blanche Greene, Delores Howe (Charles), Leonard Greene (Earlene), and Linda Greene; as well as a host of devoted cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who will miss him dearly.
The family would like to thank everyone who has said a prayer, shared a kind word, or lent a helping hand during Russell’s illness. A special thank you to his brother, Lamartine Smith; brother-in-law, Leonard Greene; cousins: Robert Herbert, Ronald Jones, Clifton Claggett, Theodore Holland, Walter Reid and Jonathan “Quentin” Conway, Sr.; childhood friend, Genious Gorman, and friend, MacArthur Jones for their daily support during his illness.

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Visitation

Wednesday

4

Feb

1:00 PM 2/4/2015 1:00:00 PM - 3:00 PM 2/4/2015 3:00:00 PM
Sewell Funeral Home

1451 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Sewell Funeral Home
1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

4

Feb

6:00 PM 2/4/2015 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 2/4/2015 8:00:00 PM
Sewell Funeral Home

1451 Dares Beach Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Sewell Funeral Home
1451 Dares Beach Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Visitation

Thursday

5

Feb

10:00 AM 2/5/2015 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 2/5/2015 11:00:00 AM
Mt. Olive UM Church

10 Fairground Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Mt. Olive UM Church
10 Fairground Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Service

Thursday

5

Feb

11:00 AM 2/5/2015 11:00:00 AM
Mt. Olive UM Church

10 Fairground Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678

Mt. Olive UM Church
10 Fairground Road Prince Frederick 20678 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Thursday

5

Feb

1:00 PM 2/5/2015 1:00:00 PM
Plum Point UM Church

1800 Stinnett Road
Huntingtown, MD 20639

Plum Point UM Church
1800 Stinnett Road Huntingtown 20639 MD
United States
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