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RUSSELL LEROY MACKALL

May 30, 1937 March 3, 2013
RUSSELL LEROY MACKALL
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A Time to Be Born Russell Leroy Mackall, son of the late Calvert and Pauline Gross Mackall was born on May 30, 1937, in Washington, D.C. He was called home on Sunday, March 3, 2013, after enduring a lengthy illness. A Time to Learn He received his education in the public schools of Calvert County Maryland, starting in a one room school. Later he attended William Sampson High School in Prince Frederick, Maryland. A Time To Serve After high school, until his retirement, Russell was actively employed at various construction companies Turner Construction, Clark Construction, Levi and Son Construction and George Hyman Construction. Russell was also a member of the Local Union 657. However, his love for the community drew him to contracting for the Calvert County Public School System. Until his passing, Russell served the County for over 40 years doing what brought a smile to his face. Russell’s buses parked near his home serves as a landmark for passersby. A Time to Love On July 22, 1961, he was united in holy matrimony to his childhood sweetheart, Martha Mae Foote. Their blessed union of 51 years produced five children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A Time for Harvest Russell had a strong love for farming and gardening as he was recognized as the last African American tobacco farmer in Calvert County. He also had a love for music as you would often hear his bass-filled voice singing and humming throughout the day. Russell also enjoyed listening to his favorite gospel groups; Jay Caldwell and The Gospel Ambassadors and Reverend Flowers. His two favorite days of the year were Christmas and his birthday. He also enjoyed sharing countless hours of laughter and gossip with his special friends Don Hall, Mark Queen, Jody Thompson, Harry Harrod, George Jones, Vernon Jones and Sidney Brooks, Sr. A Time to Transition To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; (Ecclesiastes 3:12) in GOD’s perfect timing, Russell transitioned from a lengthy illness to be with the LORD on March 3, 2013. We have the blessed assurance of his final resting place because the word of GOD promises us to be absent in the body is to be present with the LORD. Leave to Mourn His devoted wife Martha; five beautiful daughters, Starlette (Warren), Carlisha Thompson (Jody), Stacey, Kimberly Watts (Mark), Danielle, and honorary daughters, Mallery Johnson and Tyese Heigh; five grandchildren, Christina Jenkins (Will), Quante, Monet, Tony, and Breia; three great-grandchildren, TaiShan, Dylan, and Shavarye; two brothers, Turner (Juanita) and James (Ann); six sisters, Bernice Mauldin (James), Phyllis Warren, Delores Mackall, Doris McNeil (Parham), Regina Grimes (Benjamin), and Shirley Mackall; eight sisters-in-law, Ann Mackall (James), Mildred Ward (Eugene), Goldie Harrod (Harry), Jacqueline Foote, Marilyn Jones (George), Susan Spriggs (Michael), Betty and Gloria Mackall; five brothers-in-law, James Foote Sr., Eugene Foote (Dorinda), William Foote (Janice), Stevenson Foote (Shirley), and John Foote (Erna); five godchildren, Joyce Sherbert, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Mackall, Jr., Tamela Jones and Chloe Jones. He also leaves behind his beloved nieces and nephews, David, Lisa, Marc, Van Brooks, Tremayne and Selena Spriggs, to whom he always watched over as his own and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives; including special friends. Russell was preceded in death by two brothers, Raymond and Bernard; one sister, Thelma; two sisters-in-law, Wanda Foote and Agatha Brooks; and a brother-in-law Vanderbilt Brooks. In all, Russell touched the lives of many people with his smile and generosity, and maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end. More than a farmer and contractor, Russell also had a generous soul. Russell was extremely family-oriented and enjoyed helping friends, as well. His sense of humor brought joy, excitement and love to all the lives he touched. Russell’s warmth and smile will be remembered by all.

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Visitation

Saturday

9

Mar

10:00 AM 3/9/2013 10:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 3/9/2013 12:00:00 PM
Dunkirk Baptist Church

11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard
Dunkirk, MD 20754

Dunkirk Baptist Church
11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard Dunkirk 20754 MD
United States

Service

Saturday

9

Mar

12:00 PM 3/9/2013 12:00:00 PM
Dunkirk Baptist Church

11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard
Dunkirk, MD 20754

Dunkirk Baptist Church
11275 Southern Maryland Boulevard Dunkirk 20754 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Patuxent UM Church Final Resting Place

3500 Solomons Island Road North
Huntingtown, MD 20639

3500 Solomons Island Road North Huntingtown 20639 MD
United States
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