Vernia Kingsley Russell


Our mother, Vernia Kingsley Russell, age 89, of Abingdon, VA., went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from her home. She was a housewife, a lifelong resident of the Abingdon area and was a faithful member of Palestine Baptist Church. Mom enjoyed gardening, traveling, and most all, spending time with her family and friends.


Vernia was the daughter of the late Paul and Virginia Kingsley. In addition to her parents, Vernia was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Russell; her son, James Russell; and three sisters, Kay Gregory, Frances Sutton, and Shirley Kingsley.


Survivors include her daughters, Peggy Smith, Kathy Russell, and Linda Blankenship of Bristol, TN.; Virginia Russell of Abingdon, VA.; Bonnie Belcher and husband Ellis of Abingdon, VA.; Angel Holzschuh and husband Paul of Redondo Beach, CA.; Rita and husband Lanny Wimmer of Meadowview, VA.; and her son Paul and his wife Melanie of Fort Worth, TX. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren, as well as three sisters, Jane Taylor of Abingdon, VA.; Bettie Litton of Meadowview, VA.; and Jean Belcher of Glade Spring, VA.; one brother, Paul and his wife Cindy Kingsley of Abingdon, VA.; and a brother-in-law, Thomas Sutton of Glade Spring, VA. Other survivors include many special nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and in-laws.


The family will receive friends at Frost Funeral Home on Monday, August 9, 2021 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. A funeral Service will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. with pastor Mark Baumgardner officiating. A graveside service will follow at Rosedale Baptist Church Cemetery.


Pallbearers include Chase Baumgardner, Ronnie Kingsley, Ralph Belcher, Zeke Fugate, P.J. Russell, and Larry Leonard.


Frost Funeral Home & Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Russell.

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