Funeral service for Retired SFC Gregory Alan Russell 70, of Killeen, Texas will be Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 11:00 a.m. at Greater Vision Community Church in Killeen, Texas. Burial with full military honors will follow the service at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas.
Visitation will be two hours (9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) prior to the service at Greater Vision Community Church in Killeen, Texas.
Mr. Russell passed away October 6, 2017 in Harker Heights, Texas.
Mr. Gregory Alan Russell, Sr. heard the voice of his heavenly father and was called home on October 6, 2017. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that he touched throughout his very memorable life.
Gregory Alan Russell, Sr was born on February 20, 1947 to the late James Russell, Sr and the late Dorothy Russell Smith in New Orleans, Louisiana. Gregory graduated from George Washington Carver High School in 1967. As a young man, Gregory was baptized at Gentilly Greater Harvest Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. Erskin Taylor, Jr. Gregory married Kathy Ann Broussard in New Orleans, LA on January 11, 1969. Their union produced six children: Kelly, Gregory Jr., Gerald, Glenn, Kacey, and Roderick.
Gregory, Kathy and kids traveled the world while SFC (Ret.) Gregory Russell served in the U.S. Army for 22 years. From 1967-68, he served in Vietnam. His duty stations include: Ft Campbell Ky, Korea, Okinawa Japan, Ft. Sam Houston, Ft. Ord California, Ulm Germany, Mannheim Germany and Ft Hood, Texas. He retired on October 31, 1989 at Ft. Hood. His awards for military service include: Bronze Star Medal//Meritorious Service Medal//Army Commendation Medal//Army Achievement Medal//Good Conduct Medal w/Silver Star, 1 loop//National Defense Service Medal//Vietnam Service Medal w/1 Silver Service Star//NCO Professional Development Ribbon Numeral 3//Army Service Ribbon//Overseas Service Ribbon Numeral 3//Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal//Combat Infantryman Badge//Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation Badge w/ Palm.
Gregory was a devoted husband and father and was supportive in his children’s various school and community activities. He coached his sons’ youth baseball, basketball, and football teams. He was a proud “Roo” dad of several KHS graduates.
He was a supporter of Killeen High School Athletics, JROTC and Band. He enjoyed attending football games and cheering on the Roos football team. Gregory was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and he was an active member of the VFW Post 9191 in Killeen, Texas. He also enjoyed taking cruise vacations with his family and friends and hanging out on the lido deck.
Gregory is preceded in death by his daughter, Kelly Ann Russell; son Gerald Anthony Russell; father James Russell, Sr.; mother Dorothy Smith; stepfather James Smith; sisters Barbara Rillieux, Delinda Murray, Gigi Smith, Ruth Russell; brothers James Russell, Jr, Ronald Russell and Darryl Russell. He is survived by his wife Kathy Ann Broussard Russell; children Gregory Alan Russell, Jr. (Veronica), Glenn Aaron Russell, Kacey Andrea Russell, Roderick Russell (Candice); grandchildren, Layna Russell, Jeralyn Russell, Kierra Russell and Kaydence Russell; stepmother Shirley Russell Reed; sisters Sylvia Mathews (Anthony), Charlotte Hyde (Thomas), Zina Baptiste (Maurice), Shirley, Kim, Consuella, Aleta (Willie) and Addie Russell, Jamie Smith; brothers Art Russell (Lynette), Taft Smith, Dante Smith and Pierre Smith (Carol). He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
With Gregory’s passing, we remind others that his life is one to be celebrated. Although we will miss him, he will forever remain in our hearts.